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A Big Band for the World
—Wall Street Journal
The best party band in years
There was a raucous finale. The last set belonged to Red Baraat, a Brooklyn brass band that looks to South Asia, pumping out Bollywood tunes and Sufi songs with a crackling beat . . . putting some New York bluster atop faraway roots.
—New York Times
A new-breed marching-band music that’s part Punjabi wedding, part New Orleans second line, and all New York.
Red Baraat is a pioneering band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound, a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz, and raw punk energy. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve.
Even as Red Baraat has built a startling history of performances in iconic settings, the band’s bread and butter remains the sweaty clubs, festivals, packed performing arts centers, and college auditoriums that have kept the band on the road all over the world in the last several years. It’s here that Red Baraat does what it does best—communing with its audience in a joyful, near hedonistic celebration of music and dance which draws a crowd even more diverse than the players on stage.