Photo by Shervin Lainez
Red Baraat is an eight-piece band from Brooklyn that takes its name from a type of Indian wedding procession, and fittingly, this group is a full-on celebration. Drummer and bandleader Sunny Jain has played with Norah Jones, Peter Gabriel, and Q-Tip, and Red Baraat is just as far-reaching. The group pulls from Northern India bhangra and Sri Lankan music as well as funk and jazz. You can also hear the tongue-twisting bols on “Bhangale,” which are mnemonic sounds that spell out the rhythm. But the great thing is you don’t need to know any of this. “Bhangale” is simply a party-starting jam, rhythmically complex and beautifully ecstatic.
“Bhangale” appears on Bhangra Pirates, out now. Red Baraat plays at the Mohawk on Wednesday, April 26 with Dengue Fever and Hard Proof.
–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX