Washington, April 18 - Keeping alive the centuries-old musical tradition of the Manganiyars, a hereditary caste of Muslim musicians in India's desert state of Rajasthan, the Barmer Boys are on a debut two week coast-to-coast US tour.
Barely in their 30s and yet seasoned performers of Rajasthani folk and Sufi music, the group, during its April 19-May 1 tour, will have shows in California, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois.
The group is led by the vocal powerhouse of Manga 'Mangey' Khan -, with the twin percussive punch of Rais Khan - and Magada Khan -, according to the tour organisers Amarrass Records.
Since their premiere at the Amarrass Desert Music Festival in New Delhi in 2011, the Barmer Boys have performed with a host of world-renowned artists including Vieux Farka Toure, Bombino, BaBa ZuLa, Madou Sidiki Diabate and Rupa and the April Fishes.
The band's versatility of styles and bubbling energy infuses each performance - from soulful Sufi kalaams to uplifting wedding and celebratory songs, to boisterous jams with beat-boxing and live DJ sets, the organisers said.
Their debut album At Home: Barmer Boys was released in December 2012 on Amarrass Records. Barmer Boys were featured artists on MTV Coke Studio Season 3 in 2013.
The Programme: April 19 - Cubberley Auditorium, Palo Alto, California; April 23 - Neal Marshall Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana; April 24 - DROM, New York; April 25 - WFMU, New Jersey; April 25 - Embassy of India, Washington DC; April 27 - Dobhan, Madison, Wisconsin; April 28 - WORT 89.9 FM, Madison; May 1 - Kalapriya, Fine Arts Building, Chicago, Illinois.
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