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Nagma > Ranaji

by Barmer Boys + Himmelrum

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Barmer Boys, from Rajasthan, India, met up with the lads from Copenhagen-based Himmelrum at Honeyland, a D-I-Y festival held in August 2017 on a farm on an island in the middle of the Baltic Sea!

The surreal Bornholm island, with its castle ruins, magical skies and fields of giant wind-whipped grasses, and the Boys on a boat for the first time! - the perfect setting for camaraderie, chai and stellar performances by the bands at the festival, and a subsequent recording session in Copenhagen at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory.

This was the last track recorded at the sessions on the 29th of August, 2017, single-take, and features a short introductory alaap or ‘Nagma’ that flows into ‘Ranaji’, a Meera bhajan. A track that defies genres - melding gypsy, folk, jazz and rock - Manga’s powerful voice rising above atmospheric layers of guitar fuzz and the melodic drone of the harmonium, punctuated by soaring trumpet, shimmering cymbals and the acid twang of the morchang, with a bed of hard-driving percussion. 15 minutes of transcontinental bliss!


released December 15, 2017
Barmer Boys:
Manga - Vocals, Harmonium
Rais Khan - Morchang, Beatboxing
Magada Khan - Dholak

Eigil Pock-Steen Jørgensen - Drums
Carlo Becker Lauritsen - Trumpet
Casper Munns - Baritone guitar
Matias Milling - Guitar

Jacob Kaarsberg - Djembe, Tambourine

Mix, master & studio engineering - Gustav Shihab
Recorded at Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen, Denmark
Album Art by Eigil Pock-Steen Jørgensen

A joint production of Amarrass Records and Honeyland Records. Tusind tak Second to the Left!


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Barmer Boys Rajasthan, India

Barmer Boys have a contemporary approach to Rajasthani Gypsy and Sufi music, also including beat boxing in their live performance.

They have performed at some of the biggest festivals in Europe, Asia, and the US (Roskilde Festival, Music Meeting, Distortion, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Clockenflap, MTV CokeStudio).

Barmer Boys are managed by/on the Amarrass Records label.
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