Shamanaid

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The story of… MY BABY

Thinking, I’m gonna quit my day job
I'm a strange girl but I’m dying for the truth
I said no more giving up my dignity
My Baby has got me shouting voodoo

MY BABY is a fusion of Dutch and New Zealand blood. Born out of love for fingerpickin’ guitars, voodoo, roots, funk, gospel and Southern swampy blues. Somewhere in an upstairs room between gourds, lapsteels and dobro's surrounded by toothless philosophers and centuries of musical traditions. MY BABY is a vision, a muse. She speaks in hypnotic repetitive rhythms and sliding slides. Like an undulating landscape interspersed with a stream of smooth vocals, dreamy narratives of smoking mountain peaks, mysterious shamans, diviners and drowned loves.

World Tour

MY BABY's sounds are translated for the human ear by Daniel 'Da Freez' Johnston, Joost 'Sheik' van Dyck and Cato van Dyck. MY BABY’s sound was first recorded in 2013 on the album MY BABY Loves Voodoo! (Embrace Recordings). And its rousing soundtrack were warmly received. In January 2014, at the heights of the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival, she managed to convey the crowds. New doors opened and she traveled all over the earth. More than 16 countries got to taste MY BABY’s addictive voodoo trials during her world tour: from Texas to Tokyo, from London to Lichtenvoorde and Vienna to Wellington.

People played her sounds on the radio, even the BBC. MY BABY was applauded and given laurel wreaths, in the form of nominations for Radio 6 Soul & Jazz Award (best live act) and an Edison. She also toured various theaters with the Maastricht Theatre Group for a rendition of singer Judee Sill, one of MY BABY’s musical mothers. The old Dutch king of pop, Henny Vrienten, asked MY BABY’s three musicians to support him at his live shows and on his new record.

"Y'all the future," said the bearded seasick renowned blues king wearing his dungarees. He grabbed her hand and asked MY BABY: “You coming along, to the UK?” “Hell yeah!” she sang.

Shamanaid

And now it's 2015. Starting off with a tour of her half-home New Zealand, where MY BABY let her new hair blow and spread the frenzied crowds with even more voodoo. In March a new record with healing power will bud. "Shamanaid” is like a psychedelic journey through space and time, from folk and roots, full of native sounds. A pagan gospel with tracks like contemporary pagan spirituals. MY BABY's Cato: "Shamanaid is the help we all need from fictitious shamans, it is an earthly record about the now, in which everyone is on their own spiritual quest."

Where MY BABY hypnotizes the audience with elongated grooves in her live performances, on Shamanaid she shows a different musical face. Cato: "A live show is something you create with the public, a record is a moment when you just stop the time and capture a creative process. For us, these are two very different things. For Shamanaid we took the live act to the studio and returned to our base. We have taken the space for songs, for more acoustic atmospheres. The intensity and freedom of expression in the process resulted in a quirky hot record, from hot gospel shouting electric dance to whisper soft ballads straight from the soul. “

After a round trip around Dutch club venues to donate “Shamanaid” to the Netherlands, MY BABY will depart in April to the UK with Seasick Steve followed by some key (international) festivals.

Hold on! MY BABY is comin'.

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released March 12, 2015

Written by C. van Dijck, J. van Dijck, D. De Vries, M. Smid, R. Allen and Y. Sprey.
Played by: C. van Dijck, J. van Dijck, D. De Vries, M. Smid.
Musical advice: F. Sutherland.
Produced and recorded by Mickey Smid at Smusic Studio.
Mastered by Michiel Cornelissen at Blaisdell studio.
Album art by Stefan Glerum.
Published by Embrace Music
All rights reserved (production & copyright) Embrace Recordings 2015

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MY BABY Amsterdam, The Netherlands

MY BABY comprises of Cato van Dyck, Daniel da Freez and Jost van Dyck. Raw Soulful Uncut vocals, GospelBlues Guitar, Haunting HeartBeats.

"My Baby's gonna ride,
there she goes thru the wild mountain thyme"
"When My Baby's gone,
she'll wear a crown of thorns
and weep and moan at the passersby"
Just listen to MY BABY cry..
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Track Name: Seeing Red
Seeing Red

Thinking, I’m gonna quit my day job
I'm a strange girl but I’m dying for the truth
I said no more giving up my dignity
My Baby has got me shouting voodoo

No sign of life
Till tribe in red
Pound your chest
And hold the sign
Crying shame
Your money waste
They say your name
And whisper: time

Say your prayers
I’m seeing red
Say your prayers
I’m seeing red
Say your prayers
The world is coming to an…

My sister, is a revolutionary
She got me, got me drinking Shamanaid

Hit the street
A different buzz
Freedom thought
Howls for us
Break the drums
Beat the rhyme
Bend the rules
Keep in time

Say your prayers
I’m seeing red
Say your prayers
The world is coming to an…
Track Name: Meet Me At The Wishing Well
Meet me at the Wishing Well

Many nights for their family craved
They walked the fields with spirits raised
And they stopped by every wishing well
They’ve been to war and been through hell

Medicine men illuminate
Blessed magic initiate
Tribe under skies in Eden
Holy smoke they're breathin’

The mountain top they ascend
Homeward bound heaven sent
To the village where they were born
Journey'd thru the desert storm

And the hunter’s wives were a crying
The children were all smiling
They chant till the morning come
Urging the flames to grow higher

They saw signs up in the sky
They saw jewels in the sand

Prayed for the rains to fall
Will'd the gods to hear their call
In time they will be called upon
To fight the wars till kingdom come

They saw signs up in the sky
They saw jewels in the sand

I meet you at the Wishing Well
Meet me the Wishing Well
Track Name: Uprising
Uprising

Allow me in your tub
Allow me in your club
Allow me to drink from your cup
I’ll be coming back for more

Allow me in your dream
Allow me in your scene
Allow me on your knees
I’ll be coming back for more

Sisters, keep on rising
Brothers, keep on rising
This girl keeps on rising
Keep on rising up

I Believe in your school
I Believe in your rules
I Believe in your truth
I’ll be coming back for more

I Believe in your land
I Believe in that man
I Believe in your command
I’ll be coming back for more

Sisters, Brothers, Lovers
Keep on rising up

Sisters, keep on rising
Brothers, keep on rising
This girl keeps on rising
Keep on rising up

Uprising, uprising
Track Name: The Doors Of Your Mind
The Doors of your Mind

I can feel the mountain moving
Hmm the moon is approving
Don’t wanna get a second older
If my heart will grow colder

Open the doors of your mind
Open the doors of your mind
Open the doors of your mind
To be born again

Smoke rising its tradition
When it sings you have to listen
Well I’m talking about desire
I am the keeper of the fire

Once upon my lady
She said well oh maybe
Here comes the invitation
To your initiation

Open the doors of your mind
Open the doors of your mind
Open the doors of your mind
To be born again

Roll your shipwrecks down the stream
All failure is but a dream
So slowly down the water
The only son the second daughter
Track Name: Mary Morgan
Mary Morgan

The moon rose high
The night grew cold
The church bells they did sound
Her sin and shame
Though they remained
Her hope grew stronger still

Through the bars of steel
Stars be not concealed
One to bear the name
Of her new born child, that couldn't see
See the light of day

She cried hmmm, she cried
She cried
But her tears don't wash her sins away

They walked her to
The gallows lane
People stood and cursed her name
Many a poor soul has suffered for less
Repentant to the judge she confessed

For her new born girl
She did put to death
They’ll hang her there tomorrow noon
And there they'll write her name in stone
For her sins she will atone

She cried hmmm, she cried
She cried
But her tears don't wash her sins away

She did cast
Her final gaze
Into the starlit sky
That she proclaimed
I hope I shall meet her bye and bye
Track Name: Remedy
Remedy

Babe,
Nothing feels the same
Now I got the taste
Of your sweetest remedy

Strange,
How I feel this way
Your stuck in my brain
Like an endless melody

Babe
Feels like I’m in love
Just can’t get enough
I’m in need of remedy

Yeah
I’ve been in love before
But I’m standing at your door
Where nothing is like everything

Your melody melody melody
Is my remedy remedy remedy

Well
I’m stumbling to the caves
On these Delta Waves
But you’re a step ahead of me

Strange,
How I feel this way
You’re still in my brain
Like an endless melody
Track Name: Hidden From Time
Hidden from Time

There is a place far beyond that is hidden from time
Where the trees tell of secrets that used to be mine
Like love leaves are blown take you far far from home
Across the bay to the shore where I longed to be once more

Follow me through the moonlit meadow where a river runs through
At the dimming of the day when green turns to blue
Where the rose and briar like hearts entwined
Rise up through time like a raging fire

If I'll be good
If I'll behave
From the light to the grave
I can go there
if you lead the way
Track Name: 6 x 2
6x2

Miss Madame Lee, the fortune teller, lost a ring an' a necklace too
Her husband gave them to his gal, but Madame never knew
One day a gal came to her house, dressed up to beat the band
An' Madame saw her long lost ring when she said "Read my Hand."
Dat gal wore Madam's necklace too, Miss Madame she saw red
She reached in her stockin' for her barber's friend, an' to that gal she said:

You’re gwine to get somethin' what you don't expect
It aint no money an' it aint no check
You’re gwine fall into a piece of land 'bout six by two
You're gwine to get it good, because it’s comin' to you

Dat gal gave up Miss Madam's jew'lry and she gave up all she knew
Den she got hence so fast she found a bran' new street or two
Miss Madame stropped her hair eradicator till it shone
To prove to Mister Madame Lee de reason men leave home
He came in unsuspectin', says "Hello, sweetie dear”
She says " turn your back and close your eyes"
Den whispered in his ear:

You’re gwine to get somethin' What you don't expect
It aint no money an' it aint no check
You’re gonna fall into a piece of land 'bout six by two,
You're gwine to get it good, because it’s comin' to you
Track Name: Marching
Marching

All of you here are holy
Ya'll high for the ceremony
You got civilized and you fantasized
Take your slice of somethin’
Then join the marching band
Yes we're heading
Heading to the promised land

Marching, yes we are
Marching, as we are
Marching to the marching band

Everyone take notice
Are you a worthy apprentice?
It's a condition, a mission to spark a fire
In honour of the notion
Of desire and devotion
We'll keep you hungry
Hungry for the marching band

Marching, yes we are
Marching, as we are
Marching to the marching band

Take your loaded gun
Then unload it some
Track Name: Panggajo
Panggajo

Panggajo, panggajo e panggajo
Panggajo toki dinding arumbai

Jujaro dan ngungare rame rame
E bedansa bae bae