21st century folk. Folk with attitude. The Barmer Boys are Mangey Khan (vocals, harmonium), Mangu Khan (dholak), Bhungra Khan (khartaal) and Rais Khan (morchang, bhapang, beat-boxing).
Barely in their 30’s, and yet seasoned performers, they carry forward the centuries-old musical tradition of the Manganiyars and are leading examples of Rajasthani folk and Sufi music. Their music is a harmonic blend of distinct performance styles and personalities, with the powerful and nuanced voice of Mangey leading the percussive punch and antics of Rais, Bhungra and Mangu.
The group formed in 2011, and has performed with a host of world renowned artists including Vieux Farka Toure, Bombino, BaBa ZuLa, Mamadou Diabate, Rupa and the April Fishes, and UK’s Jason Singh/Dharohar Project.
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 beatboxing (perhaps even a live DJ set sometimes!).
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