Barmer Boys

Barmer Boys (Rajasthan, India) - 'Rajasthani Gypsy Folk with beatboxing' - are the next generation of performers that carry forward the centuries-old musical traditions of the Manganiyars. 'Global ambassadors of contemporary Rajasthani folk and Sufi music', the band's versatility of styles and bubbling energy infuses each performance - from soulful Sufi kalaams to uplifting wedding and celebratory songs, songs of love and remembrance, to boisterous jams with beat-boxing and live DJ sets.

The group formed in 2011 at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival in New Delhi, and have been wooing audiences at major international festivals, clubs, on TV, at weddings and private events across India, and in North America, Europe and Asia. Their international debut was at Roskilde Festival in 2014 (playing before The Rolling Stones!), have starred on MTV CokeStudio Season 3, opened the Jaipur Lit Fest. and featured on the BBC and NPR.

The trio's new album 'Kesariya Balm' (digital/vinyl) debuted on the Transglobal World Music Charts Top 40 this summer, features the hit song 'Bole to Mitho Lage' (with over 1.3 million views on YouTube!), and is the first Indian folk album to be released on vinyl in India this century! Their debut album "At Home: Barmer Boys" was released in Dec 2012 on Amarrass Records (4 Stars - Songlines).


Press

'Global Beats' featuring Barmer Boys - BBC World Service Radio, Nov 8, 2015

"Latitudes: The Global Music You Must Hear In June"  - NPR Music, June 30, 2015

"Creating a maximum groove with minimal means"  - MixedWorldMusic.com, May 2015

“Incandescent Sufi voices that incite ecstacy” - Songlines, Sep 2014

“Barmer Boys steal the show.. with their unique folk tunes, truly stood out at the festival” - IBNLive at NH7Weekender Festival, Nov 2014

“Mangey Khan’s voice needs to be heard to be believed” - Hindustan Times, Feb 2012

"The music rose above the repetitive tunes we hear in today’s clamorous folk market and was like a whiff of fresh air" - Indian Express, Nov 2012

"Definitely near the top of my list of personal all-time favorite radio sessions" - Robert Weisberg, Transpacific Sound Paradise, WFMU 91.1FM
(Listen to the session online at the WFMU Station archives)

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At Home: Barmer Boys (AMAR 008) CD | mp3

Single take recordings at home in Ramsar, Rajasthan 
(released December 2012 in India, April 2013 US/Benelux)

Featured on Season 3 of Coke Studio on MTV India, Barmer Boys represent the next generation of folk from India. Folk with attitude. 21st Century folk.

"Incandescent Sufi voices that incite ecstacy" - **** Songlines

 

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Select performances:

Roskilde Festival, Denmark (2014), Wassermusik, Berlin, Germany (2015, 2017), Winnipeg Folk Festival, Canada (2015), Distortion Festival-Copenhagen, Denmark (2015), Ziro Festival of Music, Ziro, India (2015, 2017), Music Meeting-Nijmegen, The Netherlands (2015), Feito A Man, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain (2015), Clockenflap Music and Arts Festival, Hong Kong (2015), Amarrass Desert Music Festival, New Delhi, India (2011), In2Wild Festival, UK (2016), Festival 3 Culturas, Frigiliana, Spain (2017)

The Boys most recently got back from Europe in August 2017, with concerts in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Spain. Highlights from the tour included the Boys joining Khaled on stage in Berlin (Wassermusik X), collaborating with Danish band Himmelrum, and invited to join Estrella Morente (one of Spain's biggest artists) at the closing concert at Festival 3 Culturas in Frigiliana!

NOV 2015 - CLOCKENFLAP FESTIVAL, Hong Kong
SEP 2015 - ZIRO FESTIVAL OF MUSIC, Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh, India
AUG 8 - MOTHER INDIA FESTIVAL at HKW, Berlin, Germany
AUG 3-5 - FEITO A MAN at Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain
JUL 26 - FLAUNT FESTIVAL, Toronto, Canada
JUL 22 - SOFAR, Toronto, Canada
JUL 9-12 - with DJ SPINCYCLE at WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL, Canada
JUNE 2015 - DISTORTION FESTIVAL, Copenhagen, Denmark
MAY 2015 - 31st MUSIC MEETING, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

25 JAN - with AUDIO PERVERT at Depot 29, New Delhi, India
24 JAN - Baithak, New Delhi, India
22 JAN - JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL, Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, India
28 DEC - PVR Cinemas (Lower Parel), Mumbai, India
27 DEC - MOOD INDIGO , Mumbai, India
26 DEC - PVR Cinemas (Juhu), Mumbai, India
5-6 DEC - WINDMILLS CRAFTWORKS MICROBREWERY, Bangalore, India
29 NOV - NH7 Weekender, Delhi NCR, India
21-22 NOV - AMARRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL, Delhi, India
19 NOV - MASTERS OF WORLD MUSIC w/ FATOUMATA DIAWARA, DELHI, INDIA
03 JUL - ROSKILDE FESTIVAL, Denmark
16 JUN - BORNEO WORLD MUSIC EXPO, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
14 JUN - AMARRASS NIGHTS @ LODI with DJSPINCYCLE (Electronic Set), New Delhi, India

 BACKGROUND:

The group was conceived by Amarrass Records in 2011 and  their music is a harmonic blend of distinct performance styles and personalities. Starting off as a quartet, the group now comprises of a trio led by Mangey and Rais. Manga 'Mangey' Khan belongs to a family of illustrious singers, and with his electrifying voice is equally at home singing traditional Marwari wedding songs or belting out Sufi qawwalis. He also plays the harmonium (similar to the reed organ or the accordion). Rais Khan is a gifted young musician who wields magic with his instruments. He is a multi-instrumentalist and plays the morchang (or Jewsharp), the bhapang (a single stringed plucked drum) and khartaal. A keen experimenter with sounds, he has also added beat-boxing to his repertoire. The dholak (a hand drum widely used in North Indian folk music) forms the percussive bed for the group’s songs, and some of the best players from the region accompany Mangey and Rais for the band's performances.

"We absolutely love global music. Indian music is so powerful. The rhythm is great and the melodies are unforgettable. Barmer Boys is an amazing band. We've traveled all around the world, and have met and performed with all sorts of bands, but this one - Barmer Boys - is absolutely amazing. It was a delight to perform alongside them. You know, we could have easily played it all night with them." - Ari Roland Jazz Quartet

VIDEO: Barmer Boys at Feito a Man 2015 in Galicia, Spain

VIDEO: Barmer Boys at Roskilde Festival 2014

VIDEO: Barmer Boys (official video) Raichand from the album 'At Home; Barmer Boys'

VIDEO: Barmer Boys (official video) Hum Bhi Jaaney Live at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival, Dec 2 2012 in New Delhi, India

VIDEO: Barmer Boys sing Bole to Mitho Lage at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival 2012 in New Delhi, India

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VIDEO: Barmer Boys sing Hum Bhi Jaaney at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival 2012 in New Delhi, India (available on At Home: Barmer Boys, AMAR008)

VIDEO: Mangey Khan sings Pir Murshid Haiyad Ka Kalaam (available on Mitha Bol, AMAR002)

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VIDEO: Barmer Boys percussion jam at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival (available on Live at Amarrass Desert Music Festival 2011, AMAR005)

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VIDEO: Barmer Boys jam with Vieux Farka Toure, Madou Sidiki Diabate and Lakha Khan at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival (available on Live at Amarrass Desert Music Festival 2011, AMAR005)

VIDEO: Barmer Boys jam with Vieux Farka Toure at the HIT95 FM Studios in Delhi

VIDEO: Barmer Boys / DJ Spincycle at Escape Festival

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