City of Light

by Lobo Marino

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.

      name your price




It all started with a harmonium.
Three years ago we added the harmonium to our band and began to play kirtan, sacred hindu chant music, to honor the instrument's history.
The music had a profound effect on us and our audience.

We wanted to learn more about these ancient songs we were singing so we studied yoga and meditation at an ashram in Virgina called, Yogaville.

Our next journey was to India. We spent a month living in the city of Varanasi, which was once called "Kashi" or "City of Light".
While there we recorded music and chants from the streets, which we have incorporated into this album.

We also volunteered at our friend Ravi's music and arts school, which strives to help children rise out of poverty through music and education.


Because this is sacred music we want as many people as possible to benefit from this album.


released June 5, 2014

100% of these online sales will go to Vagdevi Children's Art School

"City of Light" was recorded at Satchidananda Ashram
with the Yogaville community choir
and features various recordings from Varanasi, India

Lobo Marino is:
Laney Sullivan
Jameson Price

Violin by Jessika Blanks

Tabla by Ravi Tripathi on Mahalakshmi

additional percussion and vocals by the Yogaville community choir

Recorded, mixed and master by Dave Watkins

All songs composed by Lobo Marino
"Holy River" written and composed by Lobo Marino



all rights reserved


Lobo Marino Richmond, Virginia

Lobo Marino, a Richmond-based duo whose elegantly eerie chant-like intones soar over drone-vibing world-fused folk music built primarily on harmonium, bass drum and other various instruments.

Named after the enormous Pacific Sea Lion, they draw from a rich palette of international influences. Their infectious hooks and intoxicating vocals are both hypnotically spiritual and deeply soulful.
... more


contact / help

Contact Lobo Marino

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Track Name: Holy River
Holy river take me back in time
before the mud, it piled up.
Wind my body tie it up in silk
among the ash and sandalwood

Oh Sadhu you do nothing
but prepare the way
my soul is just a paste you place upon your head
Breathe deeply now a thousand times
the sun will rise before you die
but you already know that you are there

Holy river lap against the stone
it's painted crimson painted gold
Lay the wood to dry upon the rock
The fire burns.
It never stops

Hazy mornings and the misty mountains
far north of here another day.
Men on boats they travel back and forth
and with their calloused hands
they pray and pray

Holy river take me back in time
before the fire became the light.
Wrap me in your quiet waterside.
You are one breath
and so am I
Track Name: Hanuman Bhajan
Anjaneya veera hanumantha shoora
Vaayu kumara vanara veera
Sri ram jai jai ram
Seeta ram jaya radheshyam
Track Name: Radhe Radhe
Radhe radhe radhe shyam se milade
Radhe radhe radhe sri Krishna milade
Hare Krishna hare Krishna Krishna Krishna hare hare
Track Name: Mahalakshmi
Track Name: Shiva Shambo
Shiva Shambo
Mahadeva shambo