May reviews 2015:Books Movies Games and Music

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May reviews 2015 :Books, Movies, Games, and Music For Teens and Adults

May reviews 2015:Movies for Adults and Teens 

Teens:Jurassic WorldMay Reviews 2015

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World. After many years, Jurassic World’s attendance rates begin to decline and a new attraction, created to re-spark visitor interest, gravely backfires.” Little has been unveiled about Jurassic World, but expect a hybrid dinosaur – created by splicing the genes of different dinosaur species – who lunches on whatever it can find.

May Reviews 2015Adults:Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Studios epic follow-up to The Avengers, sees a superhero cast – including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye – to combat the threat of a genocidal artificial intelligence which Tony Stark has accidentally brought to life. Stark created Ultron to help the Avengers protect the world, but it concluded that since humans cause all the world’s problems, all humans must die. (Released: 22 April)

May Reviews 2015: Music for Adults and Teens

Teens:Drew Lustman – Crystal Cowboydrew lustman

Best known for his work as FaltyDL, Drew Lustman explores hardcore and drum & bass, as well as soul and funk on his latest release. A step away from his electro moniker, Falty DL, Lustman found himself experimenting and making the kind of tracks he would DJ with or play to friends “without the pressure of the conceptual weighing him down”. Tracks like ‘Angel Flesh’ are reminiscent of early hardcore and breakbeat, while ‘Watch A Man Die’ is a smooth, drum and bass journey. This is a must have for lovers of the pioneering breakbeat scene of the 1990s and will be a familiar soundscape to anyone fortunate enough to have raved at some of London’s best drum and bass nights during that era. Whether he’s in electro or drum and bass mode, Lustman is a musical warrior to be reckoned with.

nnekaAdults: Nneka – My Fairytales

Nigerian-German soul songstress Nneka’s forthcoming 9-track album, explores the politics of her birthplace and her own personal voyage of discovery. “My Fairy Tales is a concept album, exploring the lives of Africans in the diaspora and the struggles they face,” Nneka explains. “How we cope hustling in ‘another man’s land,’ but also the aspects of endurance, perseverance and gratitude.”


May Reviews 2015: Books  for Adults and Teens

Teens: Jinx’s Magic by Sage Blackwoodjinxs magic

Jinx is a daring young wizard’s apprentice, who travels from his home in the Urwald to an unfamiliar desert land in search of ancient magic. He desperately needs that magic as there are forces threatening the Urwald from all sides. Jinx’s Magic tells the tale of Jinx’s journey who soon learns he has to call upon the support of many magical beings of the Urwald – including witches, werewolves, wizards, and trees – to help in his endeavors

holistic energy magicAdults: Holistic Energy Magic: Charms & Techniques for Creating a Magical Life by Tess Whitehurst

Manifest success in every aspect of your life with Holistic Energy Magic, which provides ancient and modern spiritual techniques for tapping into your personal power. Holistic Energy Magic provides instructions for tool-free magic and important insights including intention, visualization, symbolic action, grateful expectation, and alignment. Complete with a spell book of charms and invocations for protection, serenity, love, and prosperity, this book shares the secrets of bringing abundance into your life.


May Reviews 2015: Games  for Adults and Teens

Teens: Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions App for Androidstar wars

Become an intergalactic hero in Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions, the new action-platformer mobile game. Take on four free levels of battle against the Empire as Ezra Bridger, dodge TIE fighters, blast stormtroopers, and drive an Imperial AT-MP. With in-app purchases, wield a Lightsaber, fight Star Wars bosses, drive an AT-DP, and unlock 30 more levels and 50+ unique challenges. Customize and expand a secret Rebel Haven where heroes can hide out and rescue citizens.

Star Walk 2 - Night Sky Guide freeAdults:  Star Walk 2 for iOS

Star Walk 2 is a stargazing app that identifies constellations, planets and satellites as you point your smartphone or tablet at them. So if you’re one who enjoys taking a walk at night and gazing at the stars, this app is a perfect partner.


About the Author

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, creative warrior, intuitive counselor and life coach. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker. Applying that very same ethic, she also offers creative coaching and intuitive counselling services to help others discover their own truth. Get in touch with Huria at or 


Mar 312015

March 2015 Review of Books, Music, Games, and Movies For Children

March 2015 Review of Children’s Movies

March Review 2015Home 

DreamWorks Animation’s Home is a 3D generated buddy comedy movie based on Adam Rex‘s 2007 children’s book ‘The True Meaning of Smekday’.When Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons), a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip (voiced by Rihanna) who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word “home”. Released: 27 March

March 2015 Review of Children’s Games

LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (Nintendo 3DS)March 2015 Review

In LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin, players will take on the role of their favorite Ninja warriors and use an array of exciting new vehicles, mechs and dragons to battle their way through the Ninjago universe. A new enemy named Ronin enters the game and has the ability to steal the memories of Ninja warriors by using the Obsidian Glaive weapon. Players must locate these weapons and retrieve their powers before Ronin succeeds in completing his evil plans. Recommended for age 7 and above. Released: 27 March

March 2015 Review of Children’s Books

dragons love tacosDragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin 

Dragons Love Tacos is a fun extravaganza into the preferred cuisine of dragons, according to author Adam Rubin.  Dragons love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. But hey, go easy on the spicy salsa because if a dragon eats jalapeno-swimming salsas, be warned, it brings a whole new meaning to “housewarming”. This pencil cartoon illustrated book is a fun and entertaining tale for teeny tiny dragon lovers aged 3-5.

March 2015 Review of Children’s Music

Putumayo Kids presents Animal Playgroundputumayo kids animal playground

Whether your kids love animal cuddly toys or trips to the zoo, take their animal-loving nature a step further with a sing song. Putumayo Kids presents Animal Playground is a multilingual collection of animal-themed songs from around the world. The 13 tracks on the album will guide listeners on a journey that begins in North America and ends in Africa. Music fans and animal lovers of all ages will want to sing along and jive to the playful, upbeat melodies.

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Huria Choudhari is a journalist, creative warrior and intuitive counselor. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker. Applying that very same ethic, she also offers creative coaching and intuitive counselling services to help others discover their own truth. Get in touch with Huria at or

Hiatus Kaiyote

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Mar 242015
Hiatus Kaiyote

Future soul from Hiatus Kaiyote

Melbourne-based experimental and future soul band, Hiatus Kaiyote have carved out a unique place in the contemporary music scene with their intricate and progressive take on R&B, soul, jazz, funk, electronica and opera even.

The four-piece quartet, led by the enigmatic songstress Nai Palm, have picked up their fair share of accolades since introducing the world to their genre-defying brand of ‘future soul’, round-the-world harmonies and sultry vocals on their 2012 debut album, ‘Tawk Tomahawk’.

Their song Nakamarra was nominated for a Grammy award for the best R&B performance, making them the first Australian act to be nominated in that category.

With the backing of DJ legend Gilles Peterson they were soon catapulted into the spotlight, winning over the attention of Prince, Erykah Badu, Questlove and Flying Lotus among others.

‘Tawk Tomahawk’ was then later re-released as the first project on hip hop producer Salaam Remi’s Flying Buddha Imprint.

Not bad for a band that have released only one long player to date.

The group formed when bassist Paul Bender spotted Nai Palm, a former fire dancer and wedding singer, at a small Melbourne club. Keyboardist Simon Mavin and drummer Perrin Moss joined later, and the group began weaving funk, soul, hip hop, opera and pop together for their debut album, ‘Tawk Tomahawk’.

“I was born into an environment with an appreciation of the arts and music,” Nai Palm told the South Sydney Herald. “It was distilled and nurtured in me from a young age. I’m really lucky that it’s my life. There was never really a moment where I thought, ‘I think I wanna be a musician’. There’s this statement from Fela Kuti, it’s like – music is not a toy, it’s something very spiritual and it’s not to be played with.”

Guitarist and lead singer Nai Palm’s vocals are raw and sincere. Nai Palm, with her sultry, harmonising voice, cites Bjork, Billie Holiday, Lauren Hill, Oumou Sangare, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson among her influences. Her songwriting also stretches to reference spirituality, nature, science and mythology in her lyrics.

“I spend a lot of time on my lyrics and I’m really proud of them,” Nai Palm said. “There is an underlying duality or synchronising to nature and science, I like finding a common thread in things and finding ways to layer in a way that seems like I’m talking entirely in metaphors but there will be scientific elements to it too. It’s really beautiful to have visual associations with my lyrics when I’m performing. Someone wrote to me and said that when I’m performing ‘Breathing Underwater’ I have a glazed look, like I’m somewhere else, like the room is full of water or something. I like creating lyrics that trigger a visual memory for me and I love playing with that when I perform.”

Hiatus Kaiyote‘Breathing Underwater’ – the first track off the group’s second album ‘Choose Your Weapon’, slated for release in May – “is homage to the different examples of love and compassion in the world that are beyond the limitation of romance,” Nai Palm said.

“Music has always been medication to us,” Nai Palm explains. “It’s a force for self-healing that we’re ready to share with the world.”

Hiatus Kaiyote’s ‘Choose Your Weapon’ drops on May 5 via Flying Buddha/Sony Music Masterworks, and you can catch the band on tour in the US from mid-March.

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Huria Choudhari is a journalist, creative warrior and intuitive counsellor. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker. Applying that very same ethic, she also offers creative coaching and intuitive counselling services to help others discover their own truth. Get in touch with Huria at or

Jaimeo Brown

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Feb 062015
Jaimeo Brown

Jaimeo Brown: Transcending the spiritual

2015 promises the return of some musical heavyweights – one of those being jazz drummer and percussionist Jaimeo Brown, who is set to release the follow-up to his Motema Records debut ‘Transcendence’ this summer.

1043938_479544382146732_1943577058_nNew York based drummer Jaimeo Brown was the crème de la creme on the jazz circuit in 2013 following the release of ‘Transcendence’ – a 12-track album celebrating beautiful karnatic Indian influences and the work songs and spirituals of an Alabama community called the Gee’s Bend Quilters.

A project that touched on Jaimeo’s experiences of living in the Big Apple, ‘Transcendence’ expressed his worldview and his own spiritual awakening. 1043938_479544382146732_1943577058_nBeing inspired by the Gee’s Bend spirituals of Alabama, he wanted to bring light to their music and artwork. “I focused on the music of the Gee’s Bend community and the Black spiritual as the root of the material because of its raw unfeigned expression,” said Brown. “Hope is in abundance in these spirituals.”

The innovative album weaved a tapestry of African-American spirituals, along with East Indian concepts, electronic textures, acoustic jazz and blues.

Speaking about his debut album, the trained musician explained: “At that time I was studying Tablas.  There are certain elements of East Indian music and classical music as a whole that I was already thinking about and experimenting with. There is something within the elements of the cry from the spirituals in Alabama and the cry from singers that I heard from Indian singers that became a common denominator. It is humans crying out in the midst of struggle. That was a huge denominator for all of the music on the project. It wasn’t the type of situation where I’m thinking, ‘Okay, how am I going to merge these elements together musically?’ It more came from a natural byproduct of things that I was already experimenting with. I think that’s what gave the record a sense of cohesion.”

Jaimeo was born into a musical family but rebelled against becoming a musician for many years. He didn’t begin playing drums until he was 16-years-old, a move that he credits with saving his life as it diverted him from a growing involvement with gang culture in California. “I was a C student. I didn’t really have much interest in anything and I was heading down a bad path. It was my father who put the drumsticks in my hands and led me to study with Sly Randolph, a Bernard Purdie protégé.”

Brown soon found himself playing with other illustrious Bay Area scenesters including pianist Ed Kelly, percussionist Pete Escovedo, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, and even guitarist Carlos Santana. His CV now reads like a who’s who of music, having worked with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Pharoah Sanders, Kenny Garrett, Steve Turre, Geri Allen and Joe Locke, as well as Stevie Wonder, hip hop’s finest, Q-Tip and electronic music legend, Carl Craig.

Many jazz musicians are known for their integrity when it comes to their music, and Jaimeo works hard to extend that integrity to all aspects of his life. He has also worked as a music teacher providing free and low-cost music lessons to children in New Jersey whose parents were unable to provide artistic experiences for their children.

It is the drummer’s holistic approach to music greatly informed the multifaceted nature and execution of his debut album. “What I tried to do was follow the simplicity and the common denominator of each [musical] essence,” Brown says. “Being a product of the hip-hop generation and having parents who are jazz musicians, and seeing all music as kind of equal but as different forms of expressions, had a lot to do with me understanding the common denominators of gospel, blues, jazz, and Eastern Indian music and helped me create a continuity within all of the diverse ideas.”

Ultimately, Brown offers the world a kind of ‘jazz’ that simultaneously recalls the history of man while also challenging us to consider our own place and responsibility in the current cosmos. “I feel more like a steward of this project than a bandleader,” says Brown, whose conviction brought his own musical understanding, personal experience, and considerable historical and sociological expertise, not to mention patience, to the table to realize this quilted masterwork of sound.


About the Author:

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, creative warrior and intuitive counsellor. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker. Applying that very same ethic, she also offers creative coaching and intuitive counselling services to help others discover their own truth. Get in touch with Huria at or


Possibilities Herbie Hancock

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Dec 262014
Possibilities Herbie Hancock

 Possibilities Herbie Hancock

Possibilities, Herbie Hancock  eagerly awaited biography, has finally hit the shelves. Ravenhawks Magazine’s Huria Choudhari takes a look at the life at one of her childhood heroes

Herbie-Hancock-620x480_0Music is in my blood and although I have an affinity with breakbeat, neo soul, hip hop, funk, dance and electronic, ultimately my first love is jazz. Many musicians today whether they are championing niche sounds such as footwork, blues, drum and bass, electro or hip hop, often have their influences firmly rooted in jazz, largely owing to its flexibility as a genre to bend ears in the same way. Herbie Hancock and Donald Byrd, personally for me, being exemplary trailblazers of the jazz age.

It was inevitable that in the 1960’s, jazz great Miles Davis would personally seek a young Herbie Hancock to play in his quintet.

Picture 29When a music revolutionary is born they will seek musical comfort in only those who like themselves have the ability to transform and take music to another level. They will hunt down others like them, they will nurture them and they will train them until they are mature enough to carry that revolutionary baton and pass it on to the next trailblazer.

Just like his mentor, pianist Herbie Hancock has revolutionised every sound and note he has touched be it jazz rhythms, funk or electronic music. His openness and experimentalist approach has not only hugely influenced jazz, hip hop, funk, soul and pop, but it has also won him a wide fan base outside of the jazz appreciatists.

Classically trained Hancock started playing piano from the age of seven. He pursued music and electrical engineering as a student which began his lifelong interest in technology, which would see him spearhead its use creatively in pushing the boundaries of music, throughout his career. images

It was at the age of 20 when he linked up with another jazz revolutionary, trumpeter Donald Byrd, that he started to catch the attention of other greats. Byrd introduced him to Blue Note Records executives, and Hancock recorded his first solo album in 1963, by which time Davis had his eye on him to play in his band.

While working with Davis, it was evident that there was more to Hancock than just acoustic jazz. His ability to improvise in constant and electrifying ways was unrivalled. During this time, he developed an interest in funk, and by the 1970s he began experimenting with electronic keyboards and synthesisers forming his own band, The Headhunters.

He began to pioneer what would later be called fusion – a mixture of funk and rock with jazz. ‘Headhunters’ (1973) was the first album on which Hancock used a synthesizer, and went on to become the largest-selling jazz album in history.

As a composer, Hancock has written many great songs including ‘Maiden Voyage’, ‘Watermelon Man’, ‘Canteloupe Island’ and ‘Chameleon’. Today the music continues to be sampled by DJs and producers keen to make their sounds as edgy with Hancock’s imprint.

He especially took the hip hop world by storm when he released the crossover hit, ‘Rockit’. Signalling his foray into the world of electronic music, ‘Rockit’ won the Grammy for best R&B instrumental and the tune featured on many breakdance movies and hip hop compilations.

Never one to follow a formula or stay put, Hancock continues to step out of his jazz shoes and work with musicians that inspire him and enable him to further explore new possibilities. In more recent times he has worked with the likes of those who do not fall in the jazz category including Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones, Seal, Jeff Beck, Chaka Khan, Pink and Flying Lotus.

For Hancock, his “infinite ways” of looking at things lends itself to his practice of Buddhism. He discovered the faith back in 1972 while playing in a jazz club, and cites similarities between jazz and Buddhism.

He said: “Jazz is really a wonderful example of the great characteristics of Buddhism and great characteristics of the human spirit. Because in jazz we share, we listen to each other, we respect each other, we are creating in the moment.

“At our best we’re non-judgmental. If we let judgment get in the way of improvising, it always screws us up. So we take whatever happens and try to make it work. We try to make it fit. We try to enhance it.”

Hancock was exploring those “infinite ways” way before he discovered Buddhism. Truly for him, just like Miles Davis and Donald Byrd, their abilities are innate and their spiritual journey started the moment they stepped into this world. Hancock was born with the music revolutionary spirit – but it is the principles of the Buddhist faith that has helped him maintain and develop his consistently groundbreaking approach to his musical cause and life in general.

Buddhism has enabled Hancock to view music from the temperament of “being a human being” rather than just “being a musician”. He added: “[It’s] a much deeper overview. Consequently, I’m able to come up with concepts for musical expression that are different every time. And that’s a request from myself—to make each record different than what I’ve done before, to have a particular function which would be my reason for doing the record.

And even the idea of having function is something I never thought about before. I never thought in those terms: “What is the purpose, or what is the function of doing this? Sometimes you have to create a vision, a path for a vision. It may not be apparent and you may have to forge it yourself. And that will be the way to move your life forward.”

Where the rest of Hancock’s journey takes him is unknown but one thing is for sure, it is destined to explore uncharted territories and captivate audiences the world over.

‘Possibilities’ by Herbie Hancock with Lisa Dickey is out now on Viking Books USA

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, stylist and creative warrior. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker and loves delving into the bigger picture. She brings forward her power and magic to write about whatever her soul needs the world to be aware of.


Dec 242014

December Review 2014:Books, Movies, Games, and Music For Teens and Adults

December Review 2014: Movies for Adults and Teens 

December Review 2014Teens:Strange Magic

Lucasfilm’s brand new animated film Strange Magic tells the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. The story by George Lucas was inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The characters find themselves involved in a battle as the big baddie of the film tries to get his hands on a greedy potion. Also, it’s a musical. Pop songs from the last six decades are part of the movie’s soundtrack. Released: 23 January

Adults:The Woman in Black: Angel of DeathDecember Review 2014

In a sequel to The Woman in Black, comes Angel of Death. This time round sees two teachers evacuate a group of school children to the abandoned Eel Marsh House, while London is in the midst of the blitz. Seeking safety from the bombs in the remote coastal location, the group instead find themselves facing an evil far more frightening when their arrival awakens the Woman in Black. Released: 2 January

December Review 2014: Music for Adults and Teens

lapsleyTeens:Lapsley – Understudy EP (XL Recordings)

2014 has been a year for 18-year-old British singer Låpsley. Her matured, sultry vocals and crafty songwriting have captured the attention of the industry and fans worldwide, is set to release her debut Understudy EP on XL Recordings. The four-track EP includes the subtle yet unassuming electro tune ‘Falling Short’.


Adults:Nostalgia 77 – Measures (Tru Thoughts).

London based musical multi-tasker Benedic Lamdin’s Nostalgia 77 project has been a 13 year journey, from collector and sampler of jazz records to fully fledged producer and specialist in not only jazz but a host of styles. ‘Measures’ is the second album under the …Monster guise, which brings a flavoursome take on instrumental jazz and has been supported by the likes of Gilles Peterson.


December Review 2014: Books  for Adults and Teens 

neomadTeens:Neomad Book 2: The Last Crystal by Suto

In the year 2076, the fate of humanity rests in the hands of 14 young warriors known as The Love Punks. The gods are watching and some of them are angry. While The Love Punks are in big trouble on Earth, the only people who could save us are seven gravity-defying girls from space known as the Satellite Sisters.

Adults:Juice: The Ultimate Guide to Juicing for Health, Beauty and Wellbeing by Liz Earlejuice

Yule may be a time of indugence, so kick start your 2015 with a do-able juice cleanse that provides your body with the right nutrients without starving your body on a traditional diet. Juicing is a fast and effective way to get amazing health benefits from weight loss, improving your skin and vitality to boosting your immune system. Beauty product founder, Liz Earle, offers delicious recipes as well as giving the lowdown on her favourite ingredients, why homemade juices are so much better than shop-bought ones and tips on inner-cleansing diets and detox programmes.

December Review 2014: Games  for Adults and Teens

dragonTeens:Dragon Age: Inquisition

A cataclysmic event plunges the land of Thedas into turmoil. Dragons darken the sky, casting a shadow of terror over a once-peaceful kingdom. Mages break into all-out war against the oppressive Templars. Nations rise against one another. It falls to you and your party of legendary heroes to restore order as you lead the Inquisition, hunting down the agents of chaos. BioWare’s latest action-adventure delivers an unparalleled story set in a vast, changeable landscape. Explore hidden caves, defeat truly monumental creatures, and shape the world around you based on your unique play style.


Adults:Fairy Tale Mysteries – The Beanstalk – Collector’s Edition (PC DVD)fairy tale mysteries

These are no ordinary beans! As a recently graduated investigator from the Grimm Brothers Institute, you must use all your wits – and your magic – to survive. Ascend the beanstalk to battle the mighty rampaging giant and protect the world from destruction. Find your way through the flower world, moon world, and more with the help from the elemental guardians, protectors of their realms. Revel in both full-scene hidden object quests as well as gorgeous conventional hidden object scenes. Defeat the giant in his castle to claim your reward and save the planet!

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, fashion stylist and creative warrior. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker and loves delving into the bigger picture. She brings forward her power and magic to write about whatever her soul needs the world to be aware of.



Low Leaf: Tales of Gaia

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Nov 202014
Low Leaf

Low Leaf: Tales of Gaia, storytelling and love via harp, piano and beats

 Low Leaf, the female producer, singer and songwriter extraordinaire, has a message to bring to the planet via an enigmatic soundscape of harp, guitar and piano with electronic beats.

The LA-based musician, who shares her love of Gaia, storytelling and passion through her songwriting and rhythms, sets out to “heal and harmonize others through the power of art and music”.

Born in Los Angeles to Filipino immigrants, Low Leaf spent her early years learning classical piano before teaching herself guitar and harp. Her curiosity eventually led her to samplers and software.

Low LeafLow Leaf’s first releases, a string of mini albums released via Bandcamp, were wild beat meditations with hints of her classical roots. Since then Low Leaf’s continued to hone her combination of organic and digital, collaborating with the likes of King Britt, Mark de Clive-Lowe and rapper Zeroh, and has caught the attention of luminaries like Flying Lotus.

Low Leaf says: “In a big way music and songs are energy capsules. They’re vibration capsules. When you turn them on, you immediately feel the vibration, the state of mind, or spirit that the person was working through at the time. Once I started to hear other musicians in that way, I began to realise what I was.”Low Leaf names “nature, God, compassion, peace, (and) togetherness” as her influences. Spirituality has always been at the heart of what she does bringing lyrical or beat incantations from her soul. When making music, she begins by “acknowledge(ing) the divine creator, God”.

She explains: “On this physical plane, I have chosen to be a vessel for The Divine Creator. I am deeply inspired by the ancient wisdom of the trees. the sun and moon. respect for life itself.Low Leaf keeping the body temple sacred. everyday transcendence. intuition. energetic healing. conscious consumption. sustainable habitats. harmonizing with nature. the Do-It-Yourself lifestyle… and uncovering my  Cosmic heritage .. Guided by my ancestors that paved the way before me, I am a patient pupil of the universe.

Low Leaf“Composed of vibrations, together we can form a wave of peace that will rhythmically multiply itself throughout all life for future generations on our beloved planet earth. Although I say I am here to be a messenger of love through the power of art, these ideas are far beyond just me… every. single. individual’s purpose is crucial for this spiritual revolution that’s been waiting to resurface inside our blood. We must unite the spirit with the flesh and set ourselves free. We must wake up and rise.”

Earlier this year, Low Leaf released her first album for Fresh Selects, AKASHAALAY. The 10-track album is a spiritual offering to the Philippines – a brilliant fusion of folk and modern traditions that brings to mind soul, blues and hip hop – from an artist who seeks to be a voice of nature and her Filipino ancestors in order to spread more “compassion, creativity, and consciousness on the planet”.

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, fashion stylist and creative warrior. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker and loves delving into the bigger picture. She brings forward her power and magic to write about whatever her soul needs the world to be aware of.

Nov 142014

November Review 2014:Books, Movies, Games, and Music For Teens and Adults

November Review 2014: Movies for Adults and Teens 

into the woodsTeens:Into the Woods

Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) – all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. Release: 25 December


Adults:Antarctica: A Year on IceNovember Review 2014

Antarctica: A Year on Ice is a visually stunning journey to the end of the world with the hardy and devoted people who live there year-round. The research stations scattered throughout the continent host a close-knit international population of scientists, technicians and craftsmen. Isolated from the rest of the world, enduring months of unending darkness followed by periods when the sun never sets, Antarctic residents experience firsthand the beauty and brutality of the most severe environment on Earth. Capturing epic battles against hellacious storms, quiet reveries of nature’s grandeur, and everyday moments of work and laughter, this unique documentary shows a steadfast community thriving in a land few humans have experienced. Release: 28 November

November Review 2014: Music for Adults and Teens

November Review 2014 Teens:Diplo – Florida

Seminal producer Diplo was living between a small apartment in Philadelphia and his mother’s house in Florida when he released his debut album, Florida. Now 10 years later, Florida is being reissued bundled with the Epistemology Suite EP and five unreleased tracks. The reissue is due to drop on Black Friday on Big Dada, the original label it was released on. Florida is a far cry from the starry production-work that Diplo has become so notorious for, touching on the lo-fi beats synonymous with DJ Shadow instead. Release: 24 November


Adults:DJ Dolores ­- Banda SonoraNovember Review 2014

DJ Dolores has been at the forefront of Brazilian electronic music for almost two decades. Having been a DJ in the 90s, Helder Aragão made the shift to producing his own music towards the end of the century. He first made a name for himself when he was invited by filmmaker Kleber Medonça to produce the score for his 1997 film ‘Enjuaulado’. Always fascinated by the overlaying nature of the visual and the sonic, DJ Dolores’ ‘Banda Sonora Música para Filmes’ (Soundtrack Music for Movies) is a collection of songs galvanized by various visual sources, from documentaries to fantastic flicks. Each song has its own reflective significance for Dolores, but untied, they act as a journal of his memories connected to his time creating compositions for Brazilian cinema. The album strikes an expert blend of north-eastern roots and contemporary electronica. With traditional violin’s, flutes and accordions perched atop stomping traditional rhythms and huge dub bass.

November Review 2014: Books  for Adults and Teens 

November Review 2014Teens: Call Me Ixchel: Mayan Goddess of the Moon (A Treasury of Glorious Goddesses) by Janie Havemeyer

Ixchel, Mayan Goddess of the Moon, is a spunky young goddess throwing lightning bolts with her friends until she meets and falls in love with the God of the Sun. Their tempestuous relationship leads to many colorful adventures, including an elopement across the Milky Way, a visit to the underworld, and a sojourn with the Vulture King. Told by Ixchel in the first person, this lively book gives young readers a unique entry into the world of Mayan mythology in this toned down version of the tale, appropriate for children and young teens. The novel format provides for an engaging and compelling read, and provides interesting cultural and historical context in a nonfiction section illustrated with maps and photographs.


Adults:: The Healing Power of Tea by Caroline Dow (Llewellyn)November Review 2014

Calling all tea drinkers, find out how you can heal your body with just the right cuppa. The Healing Power of Tea is a comprehensive guide to the healing world of teas and tisanes – from black to green to oolong, there’s detailed information on different tea types, their advantages, and an extensive list of ailments and what blends will alleviate them. Whether you’re an expert tea drinker or a new convert, author Caroline Dow teaches you the many delicious benefits of tea and herbal infusions. Learn about blending, preparation and consumption, and how to grow your own herb garden.

November Review 2014: Games  for Adults and Teens

November Review 2014Teens: The Wolf Among Us for Android

The Wolf Among Us is a five-part free app series on Android. Fairytale characters are being murdered in this hard-boiled, violent and mature thriller based on the award-winning Fables comic book series by Bill Willingham. As Bigby Wolf –you will discover that a brutal, bloody murder is just a taste of things to come in a game series where your every decision can have enormous consequences.



Adults:The Goddess Tarot App for iPhone and iPadNovember Review 2014

Witches on the go need not park up and pull out their tarot deck thanks to The Goddess Tarot App. Featuring beautiful, inspirational art from Kris Waldherr’s celebrated tarot decks, The Goddess Tarot, this iPhone App is a must-have for any tarot enthusiast. The Goddess Tarot App features four tarot readings including one-card oracle, four-card Past-Present-Future reading, a Celtic spread and 8-card Goddess Circle. There’s an easy to use tarot reference section, as well as a Journal for you to save any readings. This is a great tool for any beginner or experienced tarot user.


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Huria Choudhari is a journalist, fashion stylist and creative warrior. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker and loves delving into the bigger picture. She brings forward her power and magic to write about whatever her soul needs the world to be aware of. 

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November Review 2014  of Books, Music, Games, and Movies For Children

November Review 2014 of Children’s Movies

November ReviewPenguins of Madagascar

Madagascar spin-off, Penguins of Madagascar, follows covert birds Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private. The penguins are brought into the services of the North Wind, an elite undercover inter-species task force that is dedicated to helping animals who can’t help themselves. The Penguins must work with the North Wind led by Classified to prevent Dr. Octavius Brine from taking over the world. Release: 26 November

November Review 2014 of Children’s Games

November ReviewJett Tailfin (Nintendo Wii U)

Jett Tailfin is a third person game, suitable for ages 3 and over, that joins the fun of street races with an underwater environment full of obstacles. As a little fish you must escape from the dangers of the sea while racing to be the fastest fish ever. The scenarios include paradisaical and mystical places like the Fernando de Noronha Island and the Pirate’s Island.



November Review 2014 of Children’s Books

Zen and Bodhi’s Snowy Day by Gina Gates Brown and Sarah Jane Hinder (illustrator) (Kindle Edition)zen and bodhi's snowy days

Zen and Bodhi are two koala bears on a snowy day, out to learn about the world. Where does snow come from? Where does wind go? Lively verses are full of mischievous fun as Zen and Bodhi explore their world; rhythm and rhyme introduce the concept of impermanence to the very young in this magical, cozy bedtime story. The two koalas sniff, taste, hear, feel, and see, exploring their senses and the world around them. Gorgeous illustrations capture the wide-eyed awe of children in snowfall in vibrant color in this Kindle edition.

November Review 2014 of Children’s Music

children's world of rhymes 101Children’s World of Rhymes: 101 Favourite Nursery Rhymes & Songs

Some of the world’s most famous nursery rhymes and songs feature on Children’s World of Rhymes: 101 Favourite Nursery Rhymes & Songs – everything from If You’re Happy & You Know It, The Gingerbread Man, Goosey Goosey Gander, Waltzing Matilda, I Am the Music Man, Fee Fi Fo Fum, Hot Cross Buns, Pussycat Pussycat to There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. There’s something here for everyone in this collection much-loved kids classics.



 About the Author

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, fashion stylist and creative warrior. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker and loves delving into the bigger picture. She brings forward her power and magic to write about whatever her soul needs the world to be aware of. 

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Life & Soul Magazine is food for souls – bringing insights on music, fashion, culture, lifestyle, spirituality and travel. A digital magazine for those who want to know all that’s new and trailblazing.

Living from your soul opens you up to loving and living life in all its entirety. And when viewing the world through your soul’s eyes, it’s when you discover the most dynamic and inspiring people, places and things.

Here at Life & Soul Magazine, you can find out about emerging talent, inspirational concepts and uncharted territories.  

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Life & Soul Magazine provides a platform for those people, places and things from around that world that are not always picked up on or featured by traditional media. In addition to emerging talent, we  also profiles those pioneers that continue to explore infinite possibilities be it through their art, vision and passion.

It is at Life & Soul magazine where you can find interviews with musicians and fashion designers; news on innovative design; information on uplifting street art and performance; profiles of people that inspire; ideas on how to decorate homes; news on independent retailers selling a new wave of organic kids clothes; reviews of spas, beauty products and items for healthy living; and guides to inspiring travel destinations, amongst other content.


Life & Soul Magazine is brought to you by journalist and stylist, Huria Choudhari. Having spent years working in busy newsrooms, Huria decided to act on her namesake (Huria derives from the Arabic word for “freedom”) and set up her own magazine, giving her complete creative control and providing her with an outlet to hone her intuitive skills. Driven by her intuition, Huria – otherwise known as Stylescribez – champions new and undiscovered talent in music and fashion; features trailblazers and innovations; showcases pioneers that are doing things differently and creatively for the greater good of the planet; reviews beauty and natural products being made by 21st century alchemists; and provides visions on lifestyle choices including health and well being.

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