2013 in Review

2013 was a great year for music at Amarrass Records with artist tours, the establishment of Amarrass Nights@Lodi series of events, Barmer Boys on MTV, international releases of the 'At Home' series of recordings of Sakar Khan, Lakha Khan and Barmer Boys (and distribution deals in the US/Europe), a major presence at WOMEX 13 in Wales, and at IndiEarth XChange in Chennai. It was also a sad year that marked the passing away of kamaicha maestro Padma Shri Sakar Khan. A recap:

Lakha Khan accompanied by his son Dane, made their first US tour in April 2013 with 11 shows in 9 cities spanning the breadth of the United States. The sindhi sarangi maestro performed to standing ovations in Salem MA, Bloomington IN, New York City NY, Edison NJ, Nashville TN, Chicago IL, Madison WI, Iowa City IA, San Jose CA. Watch out for details on his upcoming release in 2014 | Lakha Khan - Live in Nashville!

Video: Lakha Khan US Tour (live in NYC).


Amarrass Nights at Lodi is a monthly music showcase series established in 2013. The concerts take place in the beautiful, lush green settings of Lodi-The Garden Restaurant, set in the heart of sprawling Delhi. In a short span of a year, Amarrass Nights at Lodi have become 'must-see' events for music aficionados, visiting musicians, and more. Artists hosted include international and nationally renowned artists including Lakha Khan, Barmer Boys, Madou Sidiki Diabate, Charanjit Singh, Tri-P, GFD, Menwhopause, Suhail Yusuf Khan, Reaching The Roots, Kendraka, Audio Pervert, DaSaz and Spincycle. There is music in the garden with an open-air stage, a sampling of world-class food and beverages, and amenities such as valet parking. 2014 promises to be an exciting year already with shows by Kheta/Joga, Ghewar Firoze Anwar, Reaching the Roots already lined up with more to be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Video: Charanjit Singh (HIT95 FM live radio broadcast | Amarrass Nights@Lodi Dec 2013)

Video: Reaching the Roots (Amarrass Nights@Lodi, 22 Nov 2013).


Our very own Barmer Boys featured on Season 3 of Coke Studio @ MTV!. The song Pir Jilani was a collaboration with Bollywood producer Clinton Cerejo and showcased the vocal powerhouse that is Mangey Khan. The 'Boys' have been on a roll in 2013, criss-crossing the country with shows in Mumbai, Chennai, Guwahati, Itanagar, Dibrugarh, Delhi and more. Stay tuned for details on the upcoming US Tour in April/May 2014. Get Barmer Boys debut album "At Home: Barmer Boys" at the Amarrass SHOP, at your local independent store, or online on Flipkart , iTunes USiTunes

Video: Barmer Boys sing Pir Jilani


Amarrass at WOMEX 13 We were busy on the international music scene in 2013 with Ankur serving as WOMEX Music Jury Member ('samurai'), a conference session and a decked-out Amarrass Records booth at WOMEX 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. The music showcases featured some amazing performances from artists such as Mitu (Colombia), Ganesh Kumaresh (India), Ghazalaw (Wales/India - and Amarrass Desert Festival alumni!), Ebo Taylor (Ghana), Jambinai (Korea), Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita (Wales/Senegal), Fanfarai, Sidi Toure (Mali)... and the list goes on. Some videos of what went down:

Video: Jambinai at WOMEX 13

Video: Ebo Taylor at WOMEX 13

Video: Mitu at WOMEX 13

Video: Fanfarai at WOMEX 13

Video: Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita at WOMEX 13

We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones, and a world of music at this year's WOMEX to be held at Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. ...........................................

New Release Mar 2015 // Painted Caves

Painted Caves: Painted Caves (album promo)

Dim lights

Painted Caves: Painted Caves (AMAR011) CD | mp3

"Like the official house band for the North African Surfer's Guild, Painted Caves navigates the desert sands out of the Near-East, into the African plains, and out beyond the great Western Ocean...Primitive Music For Modern Machines."


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In search of the pure sound: The Amarrass Field Recordings

Between July 2010 and April 2011 we traveled extensively in Rajasthan to research, listen to and record musicians playing traditional music in their own environment. These recordings capture their music in its purest form, done as they are in settings where musicians are most comfortable and free. If the musicians could not come to us, we reasoned, we would go to them.

This project is inspired by what Alan Lomax did with traditional music from the US South in the late 1950s (Southern Journeys). Not only did many of the musicians recorded by Lomax go on to benefit from the exposure, the archival value of the recordings is immeasurable. Amarrass will release the first set of its Rajasthan recordings very shortly—and we firmly believe we have found new talent. Here's a video featuring Haakam Khan and Roshan Khan, exceptional artists we are proud to present.

Haakam Khan and Roshan Khan: Dim lights  

Watch this space for information on upcoming releases, shows and clips from our latest field trip. Update: The first two volumes of field recordings - Mitha Bol and Banko Ghodo are now available on CD and mp3 (buy online now)

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