10 February 2010
Yes, you heard me right! Seminal British band Asian Dub Foundation will reform with their original line up (including original front man Deedar Zaman) on Friday 26th March for a one-off gig to celebrate Bangladesh Independence day. The event, at the Rich Mix arts complex in London will also feature State Of Bengal & Paban Das Baul recreating their brilliant Realworld Records album ‘Tana Tani’ live, and the first airing of Deedar Zaman’s new work ‘Pride of The Underdog’, where he’ll be joined by bass-scientist Dr Das. Amongst all the other amazing music on the night look out for Badeshi, a former Friction Introducing artist who’s music is as dark as it is mystical.
I am simply amazed at this line up, curated by friend & cultural warrior Sweety Kapoor, and think its an appointment to reach, as well as the fact it’s a lil’ bit o’ musical history. Wanna know what it was like during the heady days of the Asian Underground? Then make sure you reach. Wanna know what the next generation of musical hero’s need to aspire to? Then make sure you REACH.
Here is all you need to know…-
“To Mark Bangladesh Independence day, A stellar line up of live music, spoken word, dance, exclusive sets, special one off commissioned collaborations from both established and new artists and visual projects straight from streets of Dhaka to London.
STATE OF BENGAL & PABAN DAS BAUL: Tana Tani
Released in 04 (Real World Records) It has been described as “a folk culture over 500 years old meeting this digital soundscapes of the 21st century” Song Lines mag who nominated it as best global album of the year and Voted no.2 on XLR8R mag’s Global Break Beat charts. For the 1st time, the much awaited live set of innovator State Of Bengal & Sufi Baul, Paban Das’s collaboration album Tana Tani (Real World Records). Special guests: Mimlu Sen (Baulsphere, Bloomsbury) + Susana Ansar, the British Bengali singer joins the stage for Sukno Patar, (poem by Nasrul Islam) from SOB’s Skip-ij album + 2 tracks from her chart topping album, diverse melodies from the writings of poet Nazrul Islam.
ARUN GHOSH (Clarinet) IDRS RAHMAN (Sax) KISHON KHAN (Piano)
Special Collaboration: The hugely talented trio join forces in a special commissioned set, featuring one of the rising starts of Bangladesh, Labik Kamal Gauro & Mithun Chakraborty on Tabla.
ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION, EXCLUSIVE.
Original ADF line up come together to perform their tribute to the revolutionary poet Nazrul Islam; Rebel Warrior.
DEEDER ZAMAN & DR DAS ( bass )
Sneak preview of ADF’s original front man Deeder’s new album ‘Pride of the Underdog’, produced by the legendary Adrian Sherwood of On U Soundsystem.
AMINA KHAYYAM – Dance Commission.
In a tribute to the National Poet of Bangladesh, choreographer & dancer Amina delivers a powerfully emotive piece set to contemporary music and reading, by actor Rez Kabir, from Nazrul’s infamous poem The Rebel (Bidrohi)
A GOLDEN AGE – Dramatic reading of Tahmima Anam’s award winning novel in a musical juxtaposition by actress Leesa Gazi and musicians Sohini Alam / Oliver Weeks.
SARAH SAYEED – Spoken word artist & fierce lyricist brings her unique & quirky blend of powerful writing & vocals in a soulful, hip hop live set with DJ Badeshi.
NAGA – BBC Blast & SLAMbassadors winning lyricist.
Spitting from an Asian perspective, Naga performs his own beats & strong conscious lyrics outlining his life in the East End.
SH8S – One of the original (ex) founders of Desi Movement, Sh8s gives a 2-track sampler of his fierce lyrics rising from the streets of Brick Lane.
Dj BADESHI- “World wide & between the tempos” DJ / producer Badeshi mixes his blend from Dubstep to Baul Soundscapes.
Commissioned Media Artist: Hamja Ashan
Design: Maraz Ahmed Talukder
Curated / Produced by Sweety Kapoor
Friday 26th March 2010
Doors Open 7pm
Starts 8pm -1am
£12 / £10 Concessions
Box Office: 020 7613 7498
Online Booking: www.richmix.org.uk/bookings
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