Baraat (not to be confused with Borat) is a North Indian wedding procession, often featuring its own band. Red Baraat is a nine-piece dhol‘n’brass band founded by Sunny Jain in Brooklyn. The band’s debut studio album, Chaal Baby, is fun from beginning to end. Imagine funky Balkan brass band playing bhangra! Naturally, the program includes Punjabi Wedding Song as well as the unusual rendition of Tunak Tunak Tun. My favourite song of the lot is Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna.
Compared with original US album, the European edition inexplicably omits two great songs, Aaj Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai and Dum Maro Dum. Instead, there are the “live in Brooklyn” versions of Baraat To Nowhere (featuring excerpt of Mundian To Bach Ke) and Hey Jamalo. In my view, hardly a good replacement. I read that Red Baraat is great to watch live, but that does not always mean it is equally great to listen to. And they really, really should lose the rap.