[a]ADF[/a] intend to include us all in the struggle, and unite us with the sound...
“Here comes the backlash.”
Deeder says it quietly and knowingly. He’s standing by the turntables watching Chandrasonic rack his brains to explain the [a]ADF[/a] credo to a largely monolingual Japanese audience. Dr Das asks English speakers to translate for a friend.
[a]ADF[/a] are attempting to expand the collective further east. For the youth of the planet’s second largest economy, bringing down the G8 or the World Bank in the name of equality and justice seems like the best party of their lives.
‘Real Great Britain’ kicks off a riot on the floor. Most here wouldn’t recognise Tony Blair in a line-up, but they’ll jump to inspired music like this. [a]ADF[/a] know that the lesson is best taught to sweaty, smiling faces, so when the gloriously incomprehensible sample on ‘Taa Deem’ frees them up, [a]ADF[/a] dance right along with us. It goes so far that Chandrasonic has to leave the stage to have an injured leg seen to.
Tonight, some would argue that Satpal Ram should be released purely on the strength of the searing version of the namesake song he inspired. Others are putting together a Japanese language website to educate 130million more people about the injustices of the British legal system. It’s unsurprising, really, because the capacity for music to thrill and agitate has rarely been so powerfully combined.
[a]ADF[/a] are doing all that they can to ensure that it’s not just their ragga punk beat that’s heard in Japan. That includes a set-closing collaboration with Masa from Tokyo‘s Audio Active. Just by joining them, he makes [a]ADF[/a] more local and even closer to the people. Clearly, [a]ADF[/a] intend to include us all in the struggle, and unite us with the sound.
In a country famed for its rigid educational style and tightly controlled media, Japan‘s youthful future is finding that politics has never been this easy to dance to.