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Crowned Compassion

by Zayra Yves

Innovative, sultry, ethereal, and earthy love grounded in intellectual journeys from San Francisco to South Africa combined with jazz, mysticism, tribal lore, and innocence. If you like Neruda, Hafiz and Rumi.then you will love Zayra.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Faded Hieroglyphs
Zayra Yves
2:50 $0.99
2. Born from Heaven
Zayra Yves
1:23 $0.99
3. Crowned Compassion
Zayra Yves
2:45 $0.99
4. Saudade
Zayra Yves
1:32 $0.99
5. Let Us Speak the Language of Love
Zayra Yves
3:29 $0.99
6. Forgive Us Grandmother
Zayra Yves
1:53 $0.99
7. Returning to the Garden
Zayra Yves
3:29 $0.99
8. I Believe in Your Broken Wings
Zayra Yves
2:10 $0.99
9. Shaman's Love Song
Zayra Yves
3:22 $0.99
10. There is No Word for this Particular Color
Zayra Yves
1:55 $0.99
11. I am SHE
Zayra Yves
3:59 $0.99
12. Free Us From the Claws of Cruelty
Zayra Yves
4:22 $0.99
13. Interview with Tererai Karimakwenda
Zayra Yves & Tererai Karimakwenda
18:52 $0.99
14. You Are Loved
Henri-Auguste Coleman
0:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
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.

The track ”Free Us From the Claws of Cruelty” was written for and dedicated to the people of Zimbabwe, who have endured the extreme hardships of genocide and starvation. A portion of the proceeds from this CD go to the Seeds of Light organization ( to benefit the children living in South Africa.

Zayra's poetry has appeared in various magazines and journals, such as Zimbabwe Situation, The Panhandler Quarterly, Eyes of the Poet, IITM, Astropoetica and Alehouse Press. She has been interviewed and performed her work on two radio shows: SW Radio Africa (appearing on this CD) and West Marin Community Radio for The House of the Poet.



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Liz Casey

Dynamic Poems that Move & Breathe their Way into Your Being
Crowned Compassion is a unique and dynamic expression of generous, deep-spirit poems (some set to captivating music), which move and breathe their way right into your being. Zayra's poetry, like all great poetry, passes sensuously between the microcosm of the inner self (the body, feelings, and soul) to the macrocosm of the wider human experience (the community, mankind's collective actions, and the health of the planet).

She tells us through her visual-rich work that the inner, what happens in our minds and bodies, is a reciprocal metaphor for what happens in the outer world. In short, what we do to our bodies and each other, we do to all of mankind. Likewise, what we do to the earth, we do to the self. Nothing is truly separate; all living things are connected and dependant. It's Zayra's ability to move between the inner and outer realms and explore both the resonances and differences that gives Crowned Compassion such power, such gorgeous heft.

Zayra has an amazingly smooth, captivating, and melodic voice that invites us into the work and gently asks us to be present, check in with our feelings and bodies, move
deeper into our breathing, and remember that we need each other.

I find so much gratitude and love in her work that it makes me breathless. I listen to this CD at least three times a week to remind myself of what's truly important—-the full-feeling human heart, a balanced intellect, the connection between things, breath, movement, feeling, and responsibility. This work is a celebration of the wonderful sameness of all that is and the fierce, vital individuality that makes each of us special.
What a treasure this collection is. What a gift this poet is to the world. --Liz Casey, Writer

Daniel Beatty/aka Moqui Takoda

she has changed my heart, my soul sings joy divine
the cd is perfectly produced. the colors and photos are pure love. the music melts me and I find within this now amorphous thing that I used to be there is a heart and now i can see it and it looks at me and i look at it and we say "Hi." the music is so beautiful and so well produced. i would buy a million of this cd and give it away to all the world if were that rich. gods may you bless this great woman.

Jim Dunlap

Zayra's voice resurrects the best of the 60's, a plethora of vocal treasures.
Zayra's voice resurrects the best of the 60's, a plethora of vocal treasures. She sounds like a young Emmy Lou Harris crossed with Marianne Faithful. The entire thing gave me cold chills. I felt like I was listening to the very first presentation of a new song by Janis Ian or Melanie. The content of the songs reminds me of Desiderata. This is truly a marvelous rendition of musical bon bons, even while it isn't really songs at all, but poems set to music. Awesome, I'd say, fits it perfectly.

Michael Nichols

Eloquent, heartfelt, and beautifully produced - poetry comes to life!
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.

Mike Begbie

An intelligent, superbly crafted work with universal appeal
An Amazing Anothology - Spoken for Humanity!
Reviewer: Mike Begbie

Zayra Yves has produced a work that should go down as a landmark of the
genre. Yves examines the full gamut of human emotion. She lulls us into
lassitude, then delivers a gut-blow that brings us back to our very basic
reality. She takes us from an awareness of our lowest origins in the
stardust from which we spring, to the agony of mans' inhumanity to man, and
arrives at our highest aspirations of love and compassion. An intelligent,
superbly crafted work with universal appeal. I am proud to be associated
with this incredibly talented person. Be very aware..."Crowned Compassion"
is not her crowning glory - it has only just begun!

Mike Begbie
August 8th 2006

Anna Lynn Robertson

Excellent Spoken Word
Crowned Compassion by Zayra Yves is truly a gift, a must have for all CD collections. It is a tapestry of beautifully woven poetry that warms you deep within your soul. Mellow and smooth, Zayra’s voice is like a velvet night sky with her words sparkling like the stars in the heavens.

Anna Lynn Robertson

Ed Balldinger

Eternally enlightening in ways the masters have previously experienced
Invariably, it appears that the purpose of making Crowned Compassion is indefinable. This is the right thing, for in the mystery of the mystic mind, definition has form and formation does not a mystic make. These words and music, mixed together on occasion, are soothing to the soul. They are intelligent to the mind. They are passionate to the heart and from the heart of their creator, Zayra Yves.

Zayra begins the entire formlessness of this project by inviting each listener into an eternal vision of everything contained and released. The journey from that point on is up to those who seek, the path each walks, and all who will hope to find. Her sound is fluent like a gentle mountain brook, calmly calling deer to come and water safely, and Mother Earth must be proud of this eternal child. Zayra’s voice is comforting, desirable, bold and tender; full of vibrations that call all humans everywhere to live in peace and a more complete harmony.

If you don’t have a copy of this CD, buy one now. You may end up purchasing and giving away several more before it’s all said and done – or will it ever be?

Carrol Denny/poet suseann

Not the first time I've been impressed by you voice.
I've just listened to Crowned Compassion and loved the use of the virtue in natural metaphores. Framed excellence in such a calm and exquisit voice.~Carrol Denny/poet;Suseann

Frances Carlson

Mesmerizing and thought provoking
While listening to this cd, I felt like i had been sent to a different place. A place where there was nothing but serenity and it also gave me a chance to reflect on everything Zayra had to say. Her voice is so hypnotic that you cannot help but listen to her and she has a way of making you understand everything she is saying. I loved it and would recommend it to all. So inspiring, relaxing, calming and beautiful.

Edge Life Magazine

In a voice as hypnotic and mesmerizing as the words she writes,
In a voice as hypnotic and mesmerizing as the words she writes, poet Zayra Yves shares her very soul in this highly creative CD. Her imagery is stunning as she evokes in the listener a yearning for unity, and peace, in a manner that assures us it is coming. Joined by background music that helps set the tone, Zayra takes us on a journey of passion, emotions and love as it relates to the world around us. A leading voice amongst a cadre of up and coming American Poets, Zayra is amongst the most eloquent you will ever read or hear.
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