Jaipur Kawa Brass Band is touring UK & Canada this summer

Hear the sound of the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band as they march full steam ahead into your eardrums.Their riotous trumpets, trombones and euphoniums are peppered with a winding clarinet and loud, clattering drums. At home under the beat of the bright Rajasthan sun, the bells and valves of their instruments glisten brightly in the haze. Meanwhile their hot-headed music romps its way through an exploration of Indian brass band tradition, love songs played boisterously sparkle alongside joyously cacophonous orchestration.


Let loose the riotous trumpets, trombones, euphoniums, clarinet and loud, clattering drums of the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band as they romp their way through the joyous world of Indian brass from Rajasthani folk to Bollywood and beyond.

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Tour Dates

15-16 Jun: Glasgow Mela, Glasgow, UK
28-30 JunGlastonbury Festival, Glastonbury, UK
6 Jul: Manchester Mela, Manchester, UK
7 Jul: The Boo Theatre, Waterfoot, Rawtenstall, UK
13 Jul: New Voices Festival, Bethnal Green, London, UK
26-27 Jul: Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada
27-28 Jul: Hillside Festival, Toronto, Canada
2-4 Aug: Camp Bestival, Lulworth, UK
8 Aug: Sidmouth Folk Week, Sidmouth, UK
23 Aug: The Catstrand, Dumfries, UK
26 Aug: Belgrave Mela, Leicester, UK
6-8 Sep: Bestival, Isle Of Wight, UK  
26 Sep: Thoresby Riding Hall Theatre, Newark, UK
27 Sep: Fulstow Village Hall, Louth, UK
28 Sep: Northwick Arms Hall, Ketton, Rutland, UK
29 Sep: Grimston Village Hall, Melton Mowbray, UK 


Jaipur Kawa Brass Band: Dance Of The Cobra

Leader of the band, Hameed Khan ‘Kawa’ grew up in Jaipur listening to the sound of the local brass bands blasting out at numerous parades and festivals in the city. Hameed hailed from a musical lineage and was schooled in Hindustani classical and folk traditions from a young age. 

Gathering his ensemble, Hameed only made time for the finest gypsy musicians from Rajasthan. The line-up also includes a hypnotic Kalibelia dancer. The Kalibelia people are a nomadic Rajasthan tribe who traditionally live on the fringes of society. The Kalibelia dance, known as sapera, mirrors and mimics the movements of a writhing snake, an animal for which they are famed for charming. The band is also accompanied by a fakir, whose enthralling on stage antics include swallowing sabres, outrageous juggling and extreme gravity-defying balancing.

The repertoire of the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band captures Hameed’s vision of eclecticism – meshing together gypsy dances with popular songs, Bollywood blockbuster soundtracks, traditional folk, classical and all that is in between. The words are unfalteringly saccharine, ballads of longing soaked in icing-sugar sweetness. Memories of ‘happiness like a flower about to open’ nestle alongside calls for a darling beloved to come to ‘thirsty lips’, or for ‘the Maharaja who rules my dreams’ to return. As with everything ‘Kawa’ though, the melodious lyrics are performed with just the right balance of deep drama and high voltage joyousness. 

Watch the video of Jaipur Kawa Brass Band at Eurosport 2012:


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