This press release for Fun-Da-Mental’s 2001 release, ‘There Shall Be Love’, consists of an article written by music critic Phil Meadly from Wax/Folk Roots/HMV Choice. The new album demonstrated a turning point from the band’s expressive rap style to more traditional global melodies. The rich tapestry of this new album portrayed the fusing of many diverse sounds. These included gospel by Mahalia Jackson from the deep south, the ‘Qawaali’ of the Rizwan-Muazzam Qawaali Group from Pakistan, Zamo Mhbuto and Comrades from Johannesburg, Tuvan Throat singing from band Huun Huur Tu, Bengali artiste Bapi Das Baul and the 74-year old classical musician, Ustaad Ghulam Hassan Shaggan. As Phil Meadly states ” ‘There Shall Be Love’ demands attention from anyone with an open mind and willing spirit”.
|Date of Creation / Publication||2001|
|Associated Person/ Organisation||Nation Records|
|Collection and Reference Number||Nation Records Collection (GB 2661 NR)|
|Copyright||The Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable|
|Access to originals||The originals are located at Nation Records Limited|
|Series notes||TThe materials in this collection consist of a selection of Fun-Da-Mental photographs, CD sleeves, press releases and concert flyers.|
Nation Records' Director Aki Nawaz (aka Propa-Ghandi) formed Fun-Da-Mental in August 1991, having been granted the remit to play at the annual Notting Hill Carnival in London. A co-founder and former drummer of the heavy metal pioneer group, Southern Death Cult (1984), Aki Nawaz has been called the spokesman of his generation (New Musical Express,8 July 1995). Born in 1961,in Gumpti, near Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Aki grew up in Northern England during the punk era. Musically, he was influenced by groups such as Public Enemy and The Sex Pistols, who encouraged him to speak out against the pop stars of the time,who had become icons worshipped by young people.
Growing up in the reality of the 1960-70s British immigrant communities, like many others of his generation, Aki Nawaz witnessed his parents perform the transition of settling in a new country and building a firm socio-economic and cultural foundation for future generations. The inevitable struggles which arose within the host country are well documented: racism, inequality, social injustice and lack of opportunity. As a result of these conditions, for young people of Aki's generation, the search for one's own cultural identity and the struggle against the racism and injustice suffered by immigrant communities became paramount. For Aki Nawaz, his outlet was music. His life experiences became the basis to Fun-Da-Mental's fervent humanitarian political agenda, advocating community harmony, mutual understanding of cultural pasts, presents and global economic equality.
Over the years, the band's voice has grown, handling issues of bigotry in British society, especially the demonisation and scape-goating of Islam in the West. Their music has created platforms on which to speak out on behalf of the oppressed victims of racism, religious wars, or the undermining of women and refuting the stereotypes of Indian civility, conservatism and passivity. To this end, Fun-Da-Mental propagates a blend of world music rhythms and tough hip-hop beats within a firm political schema. What critics have often interpreted as militant and aggressive attitudes in many Fun-Da-Mental lyrics, the group views as sincerity. There is no refuting, however, of the militant style of some Fun-Da-Mental lyrics. For example, in
|Collection notes||The material from the Nation Records collection consists of various CD covers, press releases, promotional photography, lyrics and flyers from twelve of the bands signed to the record label since 1989.|