Holy Taya’s album “Halleluyah All Night” gently nudges us to remember what it is to be a woman. These Hebrew and English chants are primordial prayers to the divine feminine. Holy Taya evokes a circle of women, deep in their hips, feet pounding rhythmically, moving together into Her.
I am not typically drawn to the earthy, tribal goddess style of music. However, this album feels rooted in the wisdom of Taya’s tradition, so the depth of her lineage pulls me in. Taya created the chants on this album in conversation with Jewish liturgy, and she calls them “goddess-ified Jewish prayer.”
The ambiance is ancient, yet the rhythm meets us in the middle of our modern moment. It's great for women's circles, dance, rituals, and time alone.
Though much of the album is in a language I don’t comprehend, Taya’s voice entices us into deeper communion, with both fierce urgency and relaxed pleasure. Best of all, she seems to be fully enjoying herself, and it rubs off.
Taya is a co-founder of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, a modern-day mystery school and ritual arts training for women embracing the Goddess in a Jewish context. Many of the chants on this album have become core liturgy for this congregation. This is her second of three albums.
You can find her at www.holytaya.com, and sample and download "Halleluyah All Night" here.