Studio Sessions

Red Baraat On World Cafe

fromWXPN

Red Baraat. i i

Red Baraat. Erin Patrice O'Brien/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

itoggle caption Erin Patrice O'Brien/Courtesy of the artist
Red Baraat.

Red Baraat.

Erin Patrice O'Brien/Courtesy of the artist

Set List

  • "Shruggy Ji"
  • "Halla Bol"
  • "Sialkot"

At a Red Baraat show, the combination of Punjabi Bhangra music, New Orleans-style jazz, go-go and even hip-hop is so seamless — and the vibe of the party is so exuberant — that barriers fall down. That unique sound is what Red Baraat's leader, Sunny Jain, had in mind when he formed the band in Brooklyn in 2008.

A jazz drummer, Jain was inspired by the baraats, the wedding processionals he'd seen in Punjabi during a family visit. At the center of Red Baraat's music is the two-headed dhol Jain plays. Assisted by other drummers, horn players and even a guy on the sousaphone who raps, Red Baraat's acoustic sound shines on the recent Shruggy Ji.

This installment of World Cafe was first published on May 29, 2013.

World Cafe Playlist for July 15, 2013

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.