Our band is a trio of starving musicians. Our sound is a sonic soup with funk as the broth. Sprinkled about are flavors of jazz and rock. Add a dash of nu-jazz and fusion. A pinch of electronica and breakbeat. A healthy helping of trance. With a side of reggae. Bon appeitite!


Baraka formed sometime in early 2003, featuring members of Tempe's own Phatty Acidz and Minneapolis based bands Pharoah's Dance and BokoMaru. Baraka was a finalist in 2003's "Battle of the Jams," as promoted by Intelligroove.
We've shared stages with such national acts as Particle, Signal Path, Captain Solarcat, Jeremy Sole, The Big Organ Trio, BLVD, Alder Dice Trio, DJ Aztech Sol and Modern Groove Assembly. Baraka has played the following venues: The Sail Inn (Tempe), The Aux(phx), The Emerald Lounge(phx), Casa Blanca's(phx), McDuffy's/The Bash on Ash(tempe), The Rhythm Room(phx), The Icehouse(phx), The Orpheum Theatre(Flagstaff), The Paper Heart(phx), Monroe's(phx), The Lost Leaf(phx), The GoatHead Saloon (Mesa,AZ), the Monastary(Mesa,AZ) Oak Creek Brewery(Sedona) and The Loft(tempe).


We are currently recording our first album.

Set List

The set list is constantly changing. Usually we'll just have a list of songs and choose them based off of how the crowd feels that particular moment. We mostly do originals but we do do some covers.

"If you want me to stay." - Sly and the Family Stone
"Sex Machine" - James Brown
"Crosstown Traffic" - Jimi Hendrix
"Rose Rogue" - St. Germaine
"Superstition" - Stevie Wonder
As far as originals go, they usually clock in around 6 to 10 minutes with a few exceptions.
Live, we'll sometimes blend the end of one song into the beginning of another. So the songs will end up being around 15 to 20 minutes.
Our sets usually run around hour to 2 hours. And we'll play as many sets as our bodies can handle.