Red Baraat

Red Baraat

 New York City, New York, USA

NYC's Bhangra-fusionists Red Baraat's live show featuring 9 pieces of dhol-led drums and horns has brought them to the The White House, the TED conference, Bonnaroo, Lincoln Center, and the Barbican. One of the most explosive & exciting bands in the world Red Baraat has to be seen to be believed.


In just over three short years, the pioneering Brooklyn dhol n’ brass band Red Baraat have made a name for themselves as one of the best live bands playing anywhere in the world. Led by dhol player Sunny Jain, the nine piece (comprised of dhol ((double-sided barrel shaped North Indian drum slung over one shoulder)) drumset, percussion, sousaphone, and 5 horns melds the infectious North Indian rhythm Bhangra with a host of sounds, namely funk, go-go, latin, and jazz. Simply put, Sunny Jain and Red Baraat have created and defined a sound entirely their own.

It’s a sound so powerful it has left the band in its own utterly unique and enviable class. You are as likely to find Red Baraat throwing down at an overheated and unannounced warehouse party in their Brooklyn neighborhood as you are at the Barbican or the Montreal Jazz Festival or Lincoln Center.

Red Baraat kicked off 2012 as a chosen performer at the ultra-prestigious TED Conference in Long Beach, CA. As word has spread, the band has been celebrated in outlets including The New Yorker, NPR, Songlines, and National Geographic. In April of 2012 Red Baraat performed at the White House, prompting the Secretary of Labor to exclaim "Listen to that music. The White House is on fire!" In June, Red Baraat will bring their explosive show to Bonnaroo one of the US's premiere festivals. It is true, as NPR tastemaker said, that "2012 is going to be a very big year for Red Baraat."

Leading an audience as diverse and joyful as the band itself, Red Baraat has subsumed a plateful of global influence, fused it, and is now exporting it Brooklyn-style to the world.

After the group’s performance at the 2011 globalFEST, Red Baraat was a top pick favorite and featured on PRI’s The World, Voice of America, NPR’s All Songs Considered, New York Times, The Village Voice and Mother Jones magazine.
Red Baraat’s debut CD, Chaal Baby (Sinj Records) was received with an overwhelming positive response and was voted by several music critics as both a top world and jazz release of 2010. Since their inception in October 2008, Red Baraat has delivered blistering performances at globalFEST, Montreal Jazz Festival, Chicago World Music Festival, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Madison World Music Festival, Concert of Colors (Detroit), Droma Gypsy Festival, Pori Jazz Festival (Finland), Molde Jazz Festival (Norway) and Chicago Folks & Roots Festival, among many others. Red Baraat appeared on John Schaefer's Soundcheck WNYC-FM 93.9, an NPR affiliate, in which they were picked as a top live radio performance of 2009. They also recorded the credit roll theme song for the movie, The Yes Men Fix the World and performed at the 2009 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (NYC) for Ports 1961 runway models. Red Baraat has been featured in National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Relix and Songlines, among many others.

The group is currently in the studio working on the follow up to their debut release Chaal Baby and is aiming for a release in the fall of 2012.


Chaal Baby (Sinj Records 2010)
Bootleg Bhangra - Live (Sinj Records 2011) - EP to be released June 2011
Shruggy Ji (Sinj Records 2012) - To be released Fall of 2012

Set List

Red Baraat has a deep catalog of music to present for any occasion, ranging from fresh, original compositions to famous songs originating from the Indian sub-continent; songs that are centuries old that most South Asian in the world recognize, to Bollywood classics, to hits from the current era found in Slumdog Millionaire or dance floors throughout India. Sets can be anywhere from 15 minutes to 90 minutes.

Red Baraat’s repertoire consists of:

Mehndi Laga Ke Rakna
Aaj Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai
Chaal Baby
Baraat To Nowhere
Mundian To Bach Ke
Punjabi Wedding Song (Balle Balle)
Dum Maro Dum
Drum ‘n’ Brass
Hey Jamalo
Tunak Tunak Tun
Jai Ho
Lal Meri Pat
Samaro Mantra
Shruggy Ji
Private Dancers
Tenu Leke
Chunari Chunari
Fully Fantastic
Burning Instinct
Apna Punjab
Mast Kalander
Big Talk
Naan Prophet
Azad Azad
Halla Bol