Asian Dub Foundation : London Hackney Ocean

Asian Dub Foundation : London Hackney Ocean

What price, idealism? Most people know that even the most principled soul can be turned into a jaded, cynical wreck by the music industry. So, to see Asian Dub Foundation regroup after the departure of its main MC, and almost two years of...

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Bayside Jenny, Osaka

Bayside Jenny, Osaka

"Here comes the backlash." Deeder says it quietly and knowingly. He's standing by the turntables watching Chandrasonic rack his brains to explain the ADF credo to a largely monolingual Japanese audience. Dr Das asks English speakers to...

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Cardiff Civic Centre One2One Big Weekend

Cardiff Civic Centre One2One Big Weekend

" Cardiff - are YOU part of the Real Great Britain?" asks ADF 's Deedar . Ironic sniggers all round. It is a brave council which sets up an event featuring some Britain's most outwardly revolutionary bands - with a stage right next to the Welsh...

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London SE1 Royal Festival Hall

London SE1 Royal Festival Hall

Two minutes in, and not one person's still sitting down. Even in this hallowed hall, no-one can resist ADF 's synapse-twanging soundclash. The song is 'Real Great Britain' , a mass of spasming breakbeats and dubbed-out echoey noise-bleed. It's a...

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Community Music

Community Music

Ten years after the community vibe of acid house, mass Britmusic is back to dog-eat-dog ways, S Club 7 fake togetherness and niche-marketing apartheid. Not in a zillion brainstorms would The Man have conceived of a British Asian ragga jungle band...

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Astoria London

Astoria London

Fresh-faced boyish rappers Invasian may be, but their ire is genuine. By the time they slip into 'Racist Attack' with one kid on melodic reggae vocals and the others giving it the full-on shouty rap, we are won over. Maybe not quite Wu-Tang...

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Sheffield Republic

Sheffield Republic

First, a tip. If you're ever planning to be a victim of a miscarriage of justice make sure you've got the right name first. Like Satpal Ram , Asian Dub Foundation 's cause cilhbre, behind bars for defending himself against racist...

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