Radha Botofasina
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Radha Botofasina

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The best kept secret in music

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Life in God
Peace and Unity
Mantram
Aspirations of the Heart

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Bio

Radha began her vocal studies while a student at Goddard College in Vermont with teacher Joyce Vos-Kadwell. She continued under the tutelage of Martin Lawrence in New York City, with whom she studied for five years. At this time, she also studied jazz piano with the noted player and composer Mary Lou Williams.
A native of the New York metropolitan area, Radha made her mark early in her career in music as the leader of a jazz group, the Spirits of Rhythm (named after the famed jazz group of the '30s). Featuring such notables as Cecil McBee Jr., Charles Neville, Roy Campbell Jr.,
Bobby Watson, Omar Hakim, J.T. Lewis, Kenny Washington, Rodney Jones, Doug Harris, Ricardo Strobert and Zane Massey, the group performed at noted New York venues including New York University, the Billie Holiday Theater and the famed Apollo.

During a trip to London, Radha's interest in world music began. She was encouraged to develop her talents in this direction by the West African band Osibisa and former Fleetwood Mac founding member Peter Green. Over the years, her love of the indigenous music of many cultures has grown through her extensive travel to Eastern Europe, India, Spain, North Africa, the Philippines, Cuba and the Caribbean. As an ardent seeker of Truth, Radha has combined world music and devotion, singing in English, Sanskrit and¬óreflective of her Cuban heritage¬ó in Spanish. During her two decade long association with Alice Coltrane, her spiritual and musical mentor, Radha has learned how to sing beyond what her "mind" allows and to go vocally where her "heart" takes her.

Radha's work with Shaila Records came out of a creative collaboration with award-winning Polish producer/composer Slawomir Kulpowicz. This unique pairing has produced music that is both sonically excellent as well as truly multicultural in both its performance and feeling. Her upcoming tour which will inaugurate the releases of the newly formed Shaila label, features Indian musicians, jazz artists, and Cuban players.

Through her music, Radha seeks to share her personal commitment to the upliftment of humanity through well-crafted joyful music.