Acclaimed Brooklyn based Bhangra Funk and Dhol 'n' Brass band Red Baraat is to embark on their debut UK tour in September 2012.
The 8-day tour is part of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK. The tour will takes place between September 1st and 10th, kicking off at the Fusion Asia Festival in Bracknell on September 1st and taking in London, Bracknell, Edinburgh, Manchester, Leicester, Birmingham and Bristol. Red Baraat will also be performing at Bestival, Isle of Wight on September 8th.
The UK tour will also coincide with the UK release of Red Baraat's first studio album, Chaal Baby, on Jaro Records, distributed by Harmonia Mundi on August 27th 2012. The album was voted as a top world and jazz album of the year when it was previously released in the US.
In just two years, the pioneering New Yorkers have made a name for themselves as one of the best live bands in the world, creating a sound that is uniquely their own, fusing the infectious North Indian rhythms of bhangra with funk, jazz, Latin and the go-go sound of Washington DC.
Their astonishing live performances have caused a stir across the US where the band is just as likely to be found playing the basements and warehouses of NY as they are prestigious venues such as New York's Lincoln Centre, Chicago World Music Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival and, most recently, the White House.
The nine-piece band features dhol drums, percussion, a sousaphone and a five-piece horn section. The band is led by acclaimed dhol drummer Sunny Jain, who has received many awards in the US for his groundbreaking fusion of Indian music with world and jazz. He also made his Hollywood debut playing dhol in film 'Accidental Husband', starring Uma Thurman, Colin Firth and Isabella Rossellini.
As for the name? Baraat is Hindi for a marriage procession. In North India, the groom travels to his brides' home on a magnificently decorated horse, led by a dholi or marching band and accompanied by family and friends.