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Red Baraat on World Cafe | July 15, 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)

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


(( )) for interlude music

Hour 1

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals “Ah Mary” This Is Somewhere
Los Lobos “Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes” By The Light Of The Moon
Daughn Gibson “Kissin’ On The Blacktop” Me Moan
Frank Turner “Recovery” Tape Deck Heart
Modest Mouse “Fire It Up” We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
((Birkwin Jersey "No Travels" Time Doesn't Exist, Clocks Do))
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 
((Billy Cobham "Spectrum" Spectrum))
Beck “I Won’t Be Long” I Won’t Be Long 
The Beatles “Blue Jay Way” Magical Mystery Tour
((Shugo Tokumaru "Future Umbrella" Exit))

Hour 2

REM “Everybody Hurts” Automatic For the People
Danny Michel with the Garifuna Collective “What Colour Are You?” Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me
Danny Michel with the Garifuna Collective “A Cold Road” Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me
Bruce Springsteen “Racing In The Street” The Promise
((Arcade Fire " Modern Man" The Suburbs))
Cayucas “High School Lover” Bigfoot
Sparks “Cool Places” In Outer Space
Foxygen “San Francisco” We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
Strawberry Alarm Clock “Incense & Peppermints” Nuggets: Orginal Artyfacts from the First Psychadelic Era
Rose Windows “Wartime Loves” The Sun Dogs
((Aloe Blacc "Take Me Back" Good Things))
Os Mutantes “Panis Et Circences” Tropicalia
Maria Bethania “Sonho Meu” Alibi
Guillemots “Trains To Brazil” From The Cliffs
Vampire Weekend “Ya Hey” Modern Vampires Of the City