Shows: February 18, 2013

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Special Two-Hour Fundraiser with Red Baraat!

Tracks from Red Baraat’s New Album and an Exclusive Interview with the Band

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Tune in to WBAI 99.5 FM on Monday, February 18 from 8-10 PM for a special two-hour show featuring Red Baraat and its new album, Shruggy Ji!

Since its formation in 2008, Red Baraat’s infectious, distinctive sound has been attracting enthusiastic and energetic audiences to clubs, festivals, and packed college auditoriums worldwide. Its unique blend of North Indian bhangra rhythms, hip hop beats, and jazz and funk inflections combines the dhol, an Indian double-sided drum, with horns, vocals, and percussion. Red Baraat aims to get people dancing by experiencing what founder and bandleader Sunny Jain describes as “the exuberance of life through the universal language of music.” In addition to their frequent touring, the band has performed at the TED Conference, the White House, and Google headquarters.

Red Baraat’s new album, Shruggy Ji, follows its 2010 debut Chaal Baby and the digital-only Bootleg Bhangra. With one track sung entirely in Hindi and another that the band describes as playing “like a Tarantino car chase,” the music is sure to raise you up out of your chair and get you moving.

If you’re a fan of Red Baraat, enjoy the sound of drums and horns, or just want to hear some festive, foot-tapping music, then join us for our two-hour special. We’ll play tracks from the new album as well as an exclusive interview with Sunny Jain and bass trumpeter MiWi La Lupa, in which the bandmates discuss their musical influences and new band members, how their sound has evolved, and their deep love of New Orleans.

Call in on Monday night to show your support for Asia Pacific Forum and WBAI. For a pledge of $50, we’ll send you a copy of Red Baraat’s groundbreaking Shruggy Ji. Your generous contribution helps to ensure that our progressive coverage of Asia and Asian America stays on the air, from in-depth analysis of grassroots voices and political change to cutting-edge arts and culture. Please spread the word, tune in Monday, and call in with your pledge at 516-620-3602.

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