Born I’s September release, AMIDA, is an “introspective blend of Buddhist philosophy, Lofi elements, and Eastern modalities.”
Meditation teacher and hip-hop artist Born I (Ofosu Jones-Quartey) has released a new album, AMIDA, described as an “introspective blend of Buddhist philosophy, Lofi elements, and Eastern modalities.” AMIDA is Born I’s second album and explores themes of vulnerability, self-compassion, and the spiritual path.
Released September 9, the album features the artist’s recent single “Om Mani Padme Hum,” a dedication to the late Vietnamese Buddhist teacher and founder of the Engaged Buddhism movement, Thich Nhat Hanh. Quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh are woven throughout other tracks on the album.
AMIDA represents Born I bridging his roles of meditation teacher, author, and hip-hop artist into one creative project. With track titles like “Koan,” “Sunyata,” and “Anapanasati,” the album’s Buddhist influence is clear. AMIDA also features the voices of Born I’s wife, Ayanna, and each of their four children.
“After visiting my teacher Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastery, Plum Village, in France, I was inspired to erase the distinction between my art and my spiritual practice. They are one and the same,” says Born I.
Listen to AMIDA below: