To celebrate the release of their new album Shruggy Ji, (currently #1 on iTunes World Music Chart) NYC Rado Live is going back to the archives to share a 2009 live radio performance by Red Baraat. Red Baraat is the first and only dhol ‘n’ brass band of its kind in the States, melding the infectious North Indian rhythm Bhangra with brass funk and expressing the human spirit through improvisation and a powerful, live, raw sound. Comprised of dhol (double-sided, barrel-shaped North Indian drum slung over one shoulder), percussion and horns, this NYC-based group plays fresh originals, as well as traditional Punjabi songs and Bollywood numbers with a modern touch.
Baraat is Hindi for a marriage procession. In North India, it is a tradition on the day of the wedding for the groom to travel to his bride’s home on a magnificently decorated horse, surrounded by an entourage of family and friends. Led by a dholi and/or a marching band, this joyous celebration naturally induces dancing and singing and is inseparable from the energy and excitement of the musical festivities.
The line-up when we broadcast this show was:
Sunny Jain Dhol, drumset, percussion, vox
Rohin Khemani Tavil, percussion
Greg Gonzalez Drumset, percussion
Arun Luthra Soprano saxophone
Mike Bomwell Tenor saxophone
Sonny Singh Trumpet
MiWi La Lupa Bass trumpet
Dave Smith Trombone
John Altieri Sousaphone
Jeffery Kandel and David Ellenbogen produced and engineered the original broadcast.