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Red Baraat on World Cafe | May 29, 2013

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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. (Link)

Photo Credit: Erin Patrice O'Brien/Courtesy of the artist


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Hour 1

The Meters “Just Kissed My Baby” Funk Compilation 
Joseph Arthur “Saint Of Impossible Causes” The Ballad Of Boogie Christ
George Harrison “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” Living In The Material World
((Dr. Dog "We All Belong" We All Belong))
Red Baraat “Shruggy JI” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Red Baraat “Halla Bol” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Red Baraat “Sialkot” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Red Baraat "Shruggy Ji" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros “Better Days” Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros
Black Keys “Ten Cent Pistol” Brothers
Vampire Weekend “Ya Hey” Modern Vampires Of The City
Wall Of Voodoo “Mexican Radio” Songs That Made This Country Great 

Hour 2

Fleetwood Mac “Gold Dust Woman” Rumours
The Motels “Only The Lonely” All Four One
Polica “Tiff” Single
Daft Punk “Get Lucky” Random Access Memories
Tears For Fears “Break It Down Again” Elemental 
((Moon Taxi "Mercury" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Shovels And Rope “Birmingham” O’ Be Joyful 
Mott The Hoople “All The Way From Memphis” Mott
Wild Belle “Keep You” Isles
((Antibalas "The Rat Catcher" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Sniff N The Tears “Driver’s Seat” Fickle Heart
Mikal Cronin “Weight” MCII
Foxygen “Shuggie” 21st Century Ambassadors 
Local Natives “Sun Hands” Gorrila Manor
Phoenix “SOS In Bel Air” Bankrupt!
((Those Transatlantics "To the Editor" Knocked Out))