Jaipur Kawa Brass Band

17 May

 

From The Guardian:

“Rousing brass band music from India, where the British Raj left behind a fascination for trumpets and trombones. Hameed Khan “Kawa”, the leader of the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, grew up listening to the brassy parades in his home city, where he studied Hindustani classical and traditional styles. Then he went off to France to play tabla in a fusion group before returning home to set up his own band, in which he is joined by an impressive group of Rajasthani Gypsies. There are more than 30 musicians involved, including 13 brass players and five drummers, with Khan himself adding octopad percussion and providing half the compositions. The music is mostly brash and cheerful, and ranges from marches and Indian folk tunes to echoes of western big-band dance styles, driven on by the insistent percussion.”

 

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