Red Baraat share title track from upcoming new LP, “Sound The People.” Album out June 30

Red Baraat will be releasing a new album, Sound The People on June 29 via Rhyme & Reason. Today they share the LP’s title track which features vox by Heems (Das Racist). The band’s Sunny Jain told Stereogum, “Heems and I met several years when he was still doing Das Racist. When Red Baraat started working on the new album, there were various ideas I had about South Asian diaspora, migration and Trump’s disconcerting victory, but it hadn’t all been tied together just yet. I shared all this with Heems and also sent him a couple of songs I had composed specifically thinking about his flow. The band was tracking for a few days at Studio G in Brooklyn and I asked Heems to come in and lay down a rap. He turned up in the studio and did his thing and that’s when we all realized, ‘Holy crap! This is the title track!’ He pulled the whole album concept together with those words. Read the full write-up here. Jain further notes, “When we were hearing Heems deliver those lyrics we knew what our hook needed to be and Little Shalimar (Run The Jewels) helped bring the whole song together in post production”


Pre-order the LP or CD here. Pre-order the album digitally here.

Sound the People was produced by Little Shalimar (Run The Jewels) and Sunny Jain. An array of special guests and carefully curated covers help to round out the album. Beyond Heems’ contribution on the title track, “Kala Mukhra” features Pakistani singer and writer Ali Sethi. Elsewhere both American poet and activist Suheir Hammad and American humorist John Hodgman have made their mark. The album is the follow up to last year’s Bhangra Pirates and marks a decade of work for Red Baraat.

Known for never disappointing live, Red Baraat will be touring non-stop in support of Sound The People. The next leg of their touring schedule kicks off June 8 with a show at NYC‘s Flushing Town Hall takes them to, among other cities, Oakland, Los Angeles, and Vancouver. The full tour is listed below and tickets can be purchased here, with more dates to be confirmed.

From the moment the proverbial needle drops on Sound The People it’s clear that Red Baraat are taking their sonic signature to a new astral realm. On their newest offering, the Brooklyn-based band continues their exploration of South Asian culture, while firmly placing it within the context of a globalized generation as demonstrated by the diverse backgrounds of its members.  Jain began writing the album just weeks after Trump’s victory and he notes,  “the record is a call to action against the various inequalities and injustices that we’re seeing.  We desperately need citizen engagement in response to those injustices.”


6/8 – Flushing, NY – Flushing Town Hall

6/11 – Camden, NJ – Sunset Jazz Series at Wiggins Waterfront Park

6/22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Satellite

6/25 – Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall 

6/26 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish

6/28 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

6/29 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

6/30 – Victoria, BC – TD Victoria International JazzFest | Centennial Square

7/1 – Vancouver, BC – TD Victoria International JazzFest | David Lam – Park Main Stage

7/25 – Reno, NV – Artown

7/27 – Denver, CO – Clyfford Still Museum Summer Series

7/28 – Basalt, CO – The Temporary

8/4 – Bethlehem, PA – MusikFest

8/9 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre

8/10 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House

8/11 – Greensboro, NC – Lebauer Park

8/12 – Richmond, VA – Richmond Jazz Festival

8/13 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle

8/16 – Madison, WI – The Central Park Sessions

8/17 – Detroit, MI – The Cube at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

8/18 – Indianapolis, IN – Amphitheater @ Newfields

8/19 – Nashville, TN – City Winery

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