In her most recent album release, Jhene Aiko shares her spiritual practice using crystal singing bowls to share the many healing benefits with her audience. She incorporates alchemical vibrations into every track on third album, Chilombo. This album focuses on the ending of a romantic relationship where Aiko steps into her personal power. While the crystal singing bowls are a main component, she balances the soft approach with a Kali-like attitude in lyrics like “get your bi***-a** off my phone, I am not your girl any more” on the song title, “None of Your Concern.”
“Music is the universal language and it’s all frequency. It’s all energy. It’s been proven to be healing on the cellular level,” Aiko shares during an interview with Billboard.
Her lyrics are very straightforward. She balances the vulgarity with a healing perspective inspiring female listeners to love themselves first, get out of that unhealthy relationship, and awaken to their inner goddess.
While recording on the Big Island in Hawaii, she describes the connection with the land and inner self. “In a sense, I am like a volcano, and this album is an eruption. It starts with ‘Triggered,’ and there’s a lava flow with all these songs where it’s a free-flowing jam session. And then it settled — and it became this beautiful land where there’s new life,” she mentions. Death is often seen as the precursor for rebirth and this album inspires listeners to embrace change in evolution.
For example, Pu$$y Fairy is a track that features a bowl in the key of D. Corresponding with the sacral chakra, this note aids in healing the sexual and creative space.
Music is a powerful force and can leave a lasting impression on our vibratory being. “I put sound healing into every track. I played sound bowls that are intended to resonate with the different chakras in your body,” she adds.
By no means is this meant to be a healing album. However, it does bring forth knowledge on the healing aspects sounds have to a larger audience base. Making mainstream music from a conscious space may influence other performers to do the same. Thus, changing the way the collective interacts with listening to music.
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