Flamingods are a five piece multi-instrumental band founded in 2009 by Kamal Rasool. Based in London, Bahrain and Dubai, the band focuses heavily on exploration and experimentation. Described as ethnic pop with elements of noise, psychedelia, tribal and freak folk, the band seeks to create both vivid and vague scenes inspired by foreign cultures from different ages and take influence from wherever they can find it. Their first gig – 8 hours long, aided by strangers playing saucepans and in a chalet at Animal Collective’s ATP – pointed toward a disregard for contemporary structures, methods and plain editing. The time ever since then has seen them develop an astounding collection of native instruments from their distant travels.
Flamingods were commissioned to score an extract from Ron Fricke's feature film Baraka (1992) for Video Jam at Manchester Jewish Museum (12/11/15), a site specific event featuring work which explored different interpretations of faith and ritual; both religious and non-religious, private and collective. Originally shot in 152 locations in 23 countries on six continents, Baraka is a non-narrative anthropological film which has been described by its director as “a guided meditation on humanity.”