Bangladesh EP – CD sleeve – Album Art

Series nameJoi

Bangladesh EP’, released on Nation Records in 1996, is the result of Joi seeking inspiration from their homeland, Bangladesh. The combination of tabla rhythms and acid music, sitar melodies and western dance beats make this album the awareness campaign it was: to raise awareness of the little known fact that the devastating flooding in Bangladesh would not occur if the hemp plants had not been cut down. As stated in the CD’s press release, the eradication of hemp was part of the Commonwealth Constitution and came as a result of the West’s “War Against Drugs”. Not only does this have disastrous consequences on the eco-system, but results in thousands of needless deaths every year. The EP features three tracks by Joi, written and produced by Farook and Haroon Shamsher.

Date of Creation / Publication1996
CreatorNation Records
Associated Person/ OrganisationJoi
Collection and Reference NumberNation Records Collection (GB 2661 NR)
Catalogue NumberNR/OB/JO/2
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable
Access to originalsThe originals are located at Nation Records Limited
Series notesTwo Anglo-Bengali brothers Farook and Haroon Shamsher, formed Joi in the mid 1980s as part of the Joi Bangla Movement, a shortened name of the 'League of Joi Bangla Youth Organisation'. The organisation was set up to promote Bengali culture to local youths. The brothers were already DJ-ing before signing to the Nation Records label and promoted themselves at their own club nights. They were awarded New Musical Express' Single of the Week for 'Desert Storm'. Joi's only album release on Nation Records was 'The Bangladesh EP' in 1996. Sadly, in July 1999, Haroon Shamsher passed away suddenly, leaving his brother Farook to guide their music to new depths. Farook Shamsher has subsequently conducted a European tour and released two dance albums on Real World Records.
Collection notesThe 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.
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