Indian traditional music is getting popularity across the globe thanks to noble pursuits by the music bands like Barmer Boys who introduce the world to the intricacies of local music.
Recently, renowned Rajasthani folk and Sufi music band Barmer Boys performed at Taucha, near Leipzig in Germany.
“The Barmer Boys, a Rajasthani folk band with a contemporary twist, recently played at Taucha, near Leipzig. It was a heady and fulfilling experience.” tweeted the German Embassy to India.
Indian traditional music is being popularised by local bands outside India. In this pursuit, Barmer Boys stand out with their unique style. Let’s take a look at this folk band that has become ambassadors of Indian music with their tours abroad.
The group includes Manga (vocals), Sawai Khan (lead percussion), and Magada (dholak), they are the next generation of performers carrying forward the centuries-old musical traditions of the Manganiyars.
The band was formed at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival in 2011 and has performed in various parts of the world. They have been featured on MTV Coke Studio with the famous song Pir Jalani. Barmer Boys are known for their versatile set list, which includes soulful Sufi kalams, Krishna bhajans, wedding, and celebratory songs, exuberant jams with beat-boxing, and live DJ fusion. Their music is a fusion of traditional Sufi and gypsy folk music.
The music group is produced by Amarrass Records and their roots belong to Manganiyar Sufi Muslims community of Rajasthan.
They are known for their national and international performances across Asia, North America and Europe. They have performed in renowned music festivals like Roskilde Festival, and Winnipeg Folk Festival and have earned spots between Rolling Stones and OutKast during one of the performances in international music festivals. They are known to have collaborated with artists like Bombino, Fatoumata Diawara, and Vieux Farka Tourè.