Sunday, April 11, 2010
I don't often get to endorse bhangra-funk bands, in part because I didn't even know what bhangra-funk was until I was flipping through the New Yorker (it's hard work being a journalism snob) and came across a blurb about Red Baraat. Red Baraat is a nine-piece band that combines bhangra (Indian wedding music) with second line sensibilities. Led by Sunny Jain on the dhol (the dhol!!!), the group has been a smash-hit on the world music scene, in part to John Altieri, the group's sousaphonist AND rapper (yes, rapper).