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NEW RELEASES

AMARRASS RECORDS in 2020

Pay as you like, exclusively on our Bandcamp page. Four full length albums by exceptional artists, and a single from the latest addition to the Amarrass family of artists - Rehmat~e~Nusrat (from Uttarakhand). 

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AUDIOPERVERT & DA SAZ

SPATIALITY

Left-field analog modular synthesis, space dub, experimental electronics.. many ways to describe this live set by Audio Pervert and Da Saz. Recorded live at Amarrass Nights at Lodi, New Delhi, India on 13 December, 2013. 'Pay as you like' on Bandcamp!

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LAKHA KHAN

LIVE AT GLOBAL

Live recording from a concert at Global Copenhagen (the venue now known as ALICE, from 19 March 2016. Lakha Khan is accompanied by his son Dane Khan on the dholak. Featuring Kabir bhajans, Sufi kalaams by Bulleh Shah and Ghulam Farid, and traditional folk instrumental tracks. 'Pay as you like' on Bandcamp!

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MADOU SIDIKI DIABATÈ

KORA ELECTRIQUE

Amarrass Records second release by this exemplary 71st generation kora maestro. Recorded live in concert in New Delhi, India on 10 May 2015. A veritable one man show with Madou Sidiki Diabatè on the kora, percussion, bass and rhythm programming.

'Pay as you like' on Bandcamp!

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BARMER BOYS

LIVE IN BERLIN

Recorded live at Wassermusik 2017, at HKW (Haus der Kulturen der Welt) Berlin on 13 August 2017.

'Pay as you like' on Bandcamp!

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REHMAT~e~NUSRAT

HALKA HALKA SUROOR

The next generation of young qawwals, Rehmat~e~Nusrat, live at Amarrass Nights at Sunder Nursery on 11 Jan 2020. A ghazal written by the late poet Anwar Farrukhabadi, and popularized by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

'Pay as you like' on Bandcamp!

AMARRASS ARTIST RELIEF FUNDRAISER

COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR FOLK ARTISTS FROM INDIA

Amarrass was formed in 2009 with the mission to preserve the musical traditions from the deep interiors of India and to create structures for sustaining them into the future. Since then, Amarrass has recorded several legendary artists, developed artist identities, toured with them, and brought sustainability to an art form, the artists, and their families. Previously, the presentation of these oral musical traditions that have been passed on from generation to generation, was constrained to a select circle of academics, State-sponsored cultural festivals, and the traditional domains of patrons and the family villages in the state of Rajasthan. There were no quality recordings available, and rare performances outside of the region. Amarrass has preserved the traditional art forms through recordings and albums; brought the music to wide international audiences; and provided new income streams and lifted entire families into improved economic positions that have improved their ability to access education, health care, and technology literacy.


In service to its mission, Amarrass has produced 15 albums, many of them critically acclaimed, over 300 music videos published in the public domain; and toured musicians such as LAKHA KHAN and BARMER BOYS across North America, Europe, and India. Amarrass’ work has been recognized in the UNESCO Creative Economies Report, NPR, The New York Times, BBC, Songlines, Rolling Stone India, The WIRE-Adventures in Modern Sound, The Independent, fROOTS, Downbeat, and more. 

 

"Incandescent Sufi voices that incite ecstasy" - Simon Broughton, Songlines (Barmer Boys, 'At Home', 2012 Amarrass Records)

"Top 5 Rajasthani albums ever" - fROOTS (Lakha Khan 'At Home', 2012 Amarrass Records)

"All together now: The quest to save Indian music" - The Independent UK

"How Amarrass Records took Folk to Global Acclaim" - Rolling Stone India


Under the crisis of the pandemic, these folk music traditions once again face extinction. Not only from the loss of the ability to record, tour, etc. but even their traditional performance avenues – playing at weddings, funerals, and community festivals – have been completely shut down by COVID-19. To support the artists and their families, Amarrass must now pivot its mission of sustainability.

 

Amarrass is seeking emergency relief funds to sustain the artists and their families through this critical time. 100% of all funds raised will be used to cover artists' basic living expenses such as housing, food, medicines, utility bills (electricity/phone) and for family emergencies.

 

DONATE NOW

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During this time, we will be working with our artists to produce and distribute hundreds of hours of audio and video (including live streams, pre-recorded concerts and more), technology training and communication skills so we can keep bringing you the beautiful music.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, queries or any further information that that you may need. We look forward to hearing from you at info@amarrass.com. And a big thank you in advance for your generous support.

HOLI SPECIAL! JUMME KHAN, RAVANA, POPULAR MEERUTHI, PAWAN DIXIT - 7th March

AMARRASS NIGHTS@sunder nursery, new delhi

The third edition of Amarrass Nights is back at Sunder Nursery next month and we have a special programme for the evening, showcasing humour and satire in folk poetry and music. Known by various names such as vyang, hasya kavita, mushaira, these once popular forms of folk storytelling will delight Delhi audiences, presented by acclaimed poets Popular Meeruthi and Pawan Dixit, and Jogi-folk poet-singer Jumme Khan back after his well received concert at Amarrass Nights@Qutab a couple of years ago. Wrapping up the evening with a special set featuring Ghalib, dub and an eclectic selection of audio ephemera on the subject of the evening, is recluse underground electronic producer Ravana. Also showcased at the event will be the folk instrument bhapang. Thank you to everyone who came out to the events in Jan/Feb - we have had an ecstatic response, and look forward to your continued presence and support. 

Details and tickets for the show:

Date: 7th MARCH, 2020 (Saturday)

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Venue: SUNDER NURSERY AMPHITHEATER, NEW DELHI

{TICKETS to Amarrass Nights@Sunder Nursery = Rs 499}

SAVE THE DATES: The next edition of Amarrass Nights@Sunder Nursery takes place on 11 Apr (Sat). For artist bookings, contact info@amarrass.com. Event sponsored by ONGC; Radio Partner: Ishq FM; Travel support by British Airways

AMARRASS NIGHTS at SUNDER NURSERY on 1 FEB

The second edition of Amarrass Nights is back at Sunder Nursery next month with sindhi sarangi maestro Lakha Khan and the 'Global ambassadors of Rajasthani folk' Barmer Boys. Also showcased at the event will be the folk instrument morchang. Thank you to everyone who came out to the last event in January - we had an ecstatic response, with over 300 people attending the concerts with Ghewar & Firoze and qawwali singers Rehmat-e-Nusrat. 

Details and tickets for the show:

Date: 1 FEBRUARY, 2020 (Saturday)

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Venue: SUNDER NURSERY AMPHITHEATER, NEW DELHI

{TICKETS to Amarrass Nights@Sunder Nursery = Rs 499}

SAVE THE DATES: The next edition of Amarrass Nights@Sunder Nursery takes place on 7 Mar. (Sat). For artist bookings, contact info@amarrass.com 

AMARRASS NIGHTS at SUNDER NURSERY

Amarrass Nights is back in 2020! After a long hiatus, we are thrilled to announce that we have a new, beautiful venue to host our monthly series of music, arts and culture events in the capital. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Sunder Nursery is a 16th century heritage park - Delhi's first arboretum - restored and renovated by the Archeological Society of India and the Aga Khan Foundation. Our first concert of the year is made even more special with the introduction of two new artist groups to the Amarrass Records roster: brothers Ghewar & Firoze and the next generation of qawwali singers Rehmat-e-Nusrat

 

Ghewar & Firoze, sons of the late Padma Shri Sakar Khan, are masters of the kamaicha and the dholak respectively. Accomplished musicians and members of the Grammy Artist Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt's Desert Slide Project, the brothers have a long history of performing at some of the most important stages across the world, including at Jodhpur's RIFF, Fez Festival in Morocco and more. They also feature on the album 'At Home: Sakar Khan' (5 Stars, 'Top of the World' - Songlines).

Rehmat-e-Nusrat are a sextet of young musicians from Uttarakhand bringing a fresh new perspective to the timeless tradition of qawwali music. The group presents qawwalis by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Sufiyana kalaams by the great poets Amir Khusrao, Meera Bai, Baba Bulleh Shah, Kabir bhajans, and original compositions.

Date: 11 JANUARY, 2020 (Saturday)

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Venue: SUNDER NURSERY AMPHITHEATER, NEW DELHI

{TICKETS to Amarrass Nights@Sunder Nursery = Rs 499}

SAVE THE DATES: The next editions of Amarrass Nights@Sunder Nursery take place on 8 Feb. (Sat.) and 7 Mar. (Sat). For artist bookings, contact info@amarrass.com 

TOUR + WOMEX RECAP - BARMER BOYS in ITALY, CZECH REP., SCHOOL CONCERTS in DENMARK; LAKHA KHAN at WOMEX FINLAND, CZECH REP., DENMARK, SWEDEN, LE GUESS WHO?

SEP-OCT-NOV 2019

Two back-to-back European tours and 42 concerts later, we now share tour moments, pictures, video and press reviews from the Barmer Boys and Lakha Khan concerts and WOMEX Showcase. 

The Boys were back in the magical city of Prague (after Respect Festival in 2018), for a concert at Palac Akropolis - a restored theatre in the Zizkov neighbourhood. Next stop was the city of Dornbirn in the Austrian Alps, followed by a trifecta of shows at ALICE cph in Copenhagen and school concerts in Denmark. We were excited to make our Italian debut with concerts in Florence, Trieste and Gualtieri (famous for its Parmigiano Reggiano cheese) and a pit-stop in Venice, the city built on water. Wrapping up the tour was a special concert for the Indian Embassy to celebrate 70 years of Indo-Danish relations, apt as we are thrilled to welcome on board Air India Denmark for graciously providing travel support for the tour. 

Next up was the Lakha Khan tour, starting with the prestigious WOMEX Showcase in Tampere, Finland. Zero degrees Celsius outside, but the warm tones of the sarangi and the powerful voice of Lakha Khan easily warming up a packed hall. Our next stop was at Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands. One of the tour highlights - performing to another full house, this time in a 1000-year old cathedral (Jenskerk), and one of the 'Top 5 Festival Highlights'! Nine more concerts in Denmark, Czech Republic and Sweden wrapped up the maestro's fourth tour of Europe.

{READ MORE + TOUR PHOTOS & VIDEOS}

For artist bookings, contact info@amarrass.com 

DUBFOUNDED: RAVANA & JUMME KHAN

APRIl 19, 2019 - NEW RELEASE (12" VINYL/DIGITAL)

#dub #drumnbass #dubstep #folk #poetry. A project conceived and curated by Amarrass Records, that brings together two relatively obscure underground artists, and entirely different styles and genres. The outcome is a powerful poetic statement delivered in the universal language of dub music. Since its inception, the label has been enabling, re-contextualizing and bringing life to traditional folk forms, through collaborations such as the one on this album, between artists Ravana and Jumme Khan

"..the first time one presses play on Dubfounded, only a part of the sonic veil is lifted. Subsequent listens tantalize, as the layers come off and the underlying beauty of that beat, of that nuance is revealed to the ears." - Sarthak, Ishq FM 

Album release date: April 19, 2019 online everywhere, and limited edition 180gram vinyl available at amarrass.com. {Order vinyl/Digital download}

BARMER BOYS, LAKHA KHAN CONCERTS IN NOV

PANCHKULA/CHANDIGARH - VARANASI - BASAR (AP)

 

Barmer Boys are back on the road, this time traversing 2,600 kilometres in northern India! They perform at the 5th anniversary celebrations of Gaah at The Upstairs Club in Panchkula/Chandigarh on the 17th, and then at Bascon3 in Basar, Arunachal Pradesh 19-21 November.

 

Lakha Khan featured at the recently concluded RIFF at Jodhpur in October, and will be showcasing devotional songs of Kabir and other poets at the Mahindra Kabira Festival in Varanasi on the 18th of November. 
 

  Sat   17 NOV  Barmer Boys@Gaah's 5th Anniversary, Upstairs Club, Panchkula

  Sun  18 NOV  Lakha Khan@Mahindra Kabira Festival, Varanasi

  Mon 19-21 NOV Barmer Boys@Bascon3, Basar Confluence, Basar

For artist bookings, contact info@amarrass.com

AMARRASS NIGHTS @ QUTAB

RELAUNCH OF 'AMARRASS NIGHTS' 8TH JULY 2018 at 1AQ

Following a short hiatus, we are stoked to bring back 'Amarrass Nights' at a brand new venue in the shadow of the iconic Qutab Minar. The first edition of ‘AMARRASS NIGHTS @ QUTAB' to be held on Sunday, 8th July will feature the poet Jumma Khan, Sufi-Gypsy beatbox trio Barmer Boys, film-fusion-folk by Vidya Shah's Vidya Talkies and underground alternative electronica producer Ravana. Complimentary drinks included in the ticket price, and specially catered food items will be available for purchase at the venue. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

 

  Amarrass Nights @ Qutab 

  Sun, 08 July 2018

  1AQ, opp. Qutab Minar, Mehrauli, New Delhi

  Tickets: Rs 1000 + GST (28%) (Includes 3 complimentary drinks)

  Children under 12 free entry. Valet parking available at venue

Event sponsors: Indian Oil Corporation Limited & RARE. Venue partner: 1AQ.

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VINYL REVIVAL IN INDIA

Amarrass establishes the first record cutting facility in India in the 21st Century!

We are thrilled to set up a new production facility in Gurgaon, India, where we have been busy over the Record Store Day 2017 weekend, cutting our first set of records! Analog remastered albums by Barmer Boys, Lakha Khan and the Palestinian-American band Painted Caves were released at a 'Vinyl Revival' launch party on the 28th of April at Lodi-The Garden Restaurant in Delhi, and we plan to follow with a series of live concert recordings of Barmer Boys with Vieux Farka Tourè and Bombino from the Amarrass Desert Music Festival in 2011/2012.

While the initial focus and production will be on the Amarrass catalogue, and artists on the label, we hope to work with other artists in India (and elsewhere) to cut dubplates, limited edition copies of LPs/EPs and singles. Each Amarrass record is individually hand-cut on precision-crafted machinery imported from Germany and assembled here in India. All the album artwork and jacket design is also done in-house at Amarrass.
Vinyl finally enables us to present our archive of field recordings, live concerts and studio sessions in high fidelity - bringing the listener closer to the natural sound captured in the recordings sessions.

 

Barmer Boys (Kesariya Balm), Lakha Khan's 'At Home' sessions, and Painted Caves self-titled debut album are now available in LP format at our online store, and small batches will be available at online retailers and physical stores. 

The Hindustan Times came over to visit our new facility. Read the story here, and catch a glimpse of the production process in the video below.

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