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Crowned Compassion

Zayra YvesAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (August 1, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: unsigned
  • ASIN: B000I6BGK4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,992,303 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Faded Hieroglyphs
2. Born From Heaven
3. Crowned Compassion
4. Saudade
5. Let Us Speak the Language of Love
6. Forgive Us Grandmother
7. Returning to the Garden
8. I Believe in Your Broken Wings
9. Shaman's Love Song
10. There is No Word for This Particular Color
11. I am SHE
12. Free Us From the Claws of Cruelty
13. Faded Hieroglyphs

Editorial Reviews


This compilation by Bay Area poet and artist Zayra Yves breathes life into the poetic art form -- her eloquent and heartfelt writing is powerful to read, and all the more compelling when recorded as the spoken word. A carefully and mindfully produced and scored compendium of moving works that cover spiritual mysticism, erotic and agapic love, and a landscape of exotic lands and emotions the recording is powerful and accessible to all audiences. This CD is akin to the difference between reading a great play and seeing a world-class production of it -- this is the full realization of the art form, filled with rich tracks that merit listening again and again. --Michael Nichols

Product Description

Crowned Compassion is a celebration of love by the poet Zayra Yves, who takes the listener on a soulful ride, a cosmic sojourn through time and space, embracing the spiritual as well as the provincial, exploring the textures of emotion by showing us the truth of reality, as well as the sultry passions. Zayra s beautiful and mesmerizing voice is accompanied by the musical compositions of two talented and gifted blues and jazz musicians: Allen Ross and Mike Thomas. The string instruments were created by Mike Thomas of Zamar Instruments. A portion of the proceeds from this CD go to the Seeds of Light organization ( to benefit the children living in South Africa. There are eight pages of serene photographs from an outdoor garden shot by Zayra Yves, as well as the lyrics to all of the poety enclosed in the jewel case of Crowned Compassion. It is a poetry book, an artistic feast, a sensual sojourn and a musical journey combined in one collection.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired by the Heart of the World November 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD
"I have witnessed your long journey

between stars.

I have seen the earth shape a story

under the weight of feet

as the seeker is forever walking

with Love stuck in the throat.

Come into daylight without end

where the face of evil is erased

where kindness lives side by side."

~lines from I Believe in Your Broken Wings

Zayra Yves is a spoken word artist with a unique connection to sacred sights of the world. She has traveled in Africa and stayed with influential authors in Southern Africa who influenced her writing. This CD not only gives us insight into her beautiful poetry, there is a radio interview with Tererai Karimakwenda that tells part of the story of her intriguing life.

Woven between the music of Allen Ross and Mike Thomas, Zayra Yves presents striking insights in a poetic offering in which all life is sacred and the sensual becomes holy. The intensity of the intimacy in the poems is freeing and statements like: "claim your birthright out of chaos" shows a spiritual awareness.

"I long to return to the sands where Lions roam, sit as sun statues

and roar in the night winds.

I have heard them singing of golden rings, of fire in my belly, while

ashes and petals blew in the alleys with yesterday's news."

~lines from Faded Hieroglyphs

Her lush sensual images paint landscapes in a melting of moments where reality blends effortlessly with imagination to express an inner connection that goes beyond mere contemplation. These poems are inspired by the heart of the world and listening to Zyra Yves read her poems presents new dimensions and gives expanded meaning to each intricate poem.

~The Rebecca Review
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