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Baraya @ Global Warming Concert 2008

Denpasar, Bali, Not Applicable, Indonesia

Denpasar, Bali, Not Applicable, Indonesia

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Baraya's "The Day" is in fact a very enjoyable work bringing new life to Indonesian music, with a highly original and appealing mixture of traditional sounds and instruments with western and contemporary textures.
It is even beyond the work of Sabah Habas Mustapha of some years ago, if you ever heard of him: his real name is Colin Bass, the bass player (really) of Camel and world music pioneers 3 Mustaphas 3, he recorded three album of Indonesian music with modern arrangements, very fine but not as contemporary in sound and style as the music of Baraya. - Radio Voce Spazio, Italy


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Purbalarang, Cahya Sumirat, Ekek Paeh, are currently aired on Fredio.com, Indieglobal.com also www.speakerheart.com/Baraya, www.myspace.com/barayamusic, also available for download in iTunes world-wide stores.

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The group’s name, Baraya was adopted from Indonesian Sundanese word which means; relative, family. The word Baraya was chosen not only because of its catchy sound or/and easy word to pronounce or remember, but also for a reminder to all of us, that we are somehow related, we are all one big family living under one gigantic sky, living in one massive earth. We are the same, no matter where we are, where we’re from, or which culture background we have. We are all human beings. Though each one of us is different and unique, we all have one thing in common, LOVE. The need for love, the love for rhytm & melody, the love for MUSIC.

Danet Primandani, the founder of BARAYA, who started his musical journey as a drummer in Depot Kreasi Seni Bandung (DKSB) in 1984 at his hometown, Bandung, with the legendary, musician and visionary, the late Harry Roesli, and played for him in several music events, such as HarryUllyLeo concert (1984), Teater Koma’s Opera Kecoa(1985). Then he moved on and spent three years studying in Switzerland.

On his Summer Holiday he went around Switzerland & Holland, watching music festivals such St.Gallens Music Festival, in Switzerland, 1986, North Sea Jazz Festival, in Holland, 1986 and was unconsciously influenced by the giants of music who performed in those festivals, such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Toure Kunda, Youssou n’ Dour, Level 42, to name a few.

In 1989 he moved to Sydney, Australia, to study music in Australian Institute of Music, Sydney and film production in KVB, Film & Television Production School, Sydney. He also took courses from Kerry Lambe Songwriting Course, and Derek Williams MIDI & Technology Music Course during 1994-1995. During those years, when he saw a life changing performance by Nitin Sawhney's concert, (UK based-with Indian background-composer) in Sydney, Australia, he found what he'd been searching for.

In 2004, he formed Baraya, and came up with 3 tunes, Baraya, Cigawiran, & Ceurik Rahwana, which aired in one of the oldest & biggest radio in Indonesia, OZ 103.1FM, topped the chart of its hit show, OZ Box Show, for 3 weeks, as well as closing the year 2004.
Then, while still performing in various events, such as, Opening Act for Universal Music Solo Artist - formerly known as the half of M2M - Marion Raven,who was promoting her solo album in Indonesia; Soundz Therapy 2006, featuring local DJs and Indie Artists, 21/2 Diva Concert, he continued the quest, recorded another 6 songs and completed the album, in 2007, which featured single The Day, which video was aired on Local TV stations.

Recently, Baraya played in the Annually International Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, which International line-ups including, The Manhattan Transfers, Kenny "Babyface"Edmonds, Incognito, Lee Ritenour, Matt Bianco, Bobby Caldwel, James Ingram and many more. Baraya was playing on the closing night (March, 9, 2008) where among the audience were Mr. Jusuf Kalla, the Indonesian Vice President and his wife, also Indonesian Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Jero Wacik, who congratulated the band personally, probably because of Baraya was one of a few bands - if not the only one- who performed a mixture of Indonesian Traditional Music and western modern music.