Sound the People

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Sound the People


Gray, Louise, New Internationalist


Sound the People

by Red Baraat

(Rhyme & Reason, LP, CD and digital)

redbaraat.com

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Imagine Punjabi beat-driven bhangra in collision with the brassy wildness of New Orleans jazz and you get a sense of the sonic slam in which Red Baraat specialize. The six-piece band hails from Brooklyn, but their roots are mainly South Asian.

Sound the People is the band's fifth album and it celebrates, pointedly and politically, the creativity of a multicultural music. One song among the album's nine, 'Vibrations', makes the point of artistic interconnectivity explicitly as Red Baraat's short, acoustically structured instrumental is overlaid with texts by poet-activist Suheir Hammad and Sufi thinker Hazrat Inayat Khan. 'All things, all beings in this universe are connected with each other,' Hammad begins. …

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