Beyond Skin – CD Sleeve

Series nameNitin Sawhney

Nitin Sawhney’s third album on Outcaste Records, ‘Beyond Skin’ was released in September 1999 and portrays Sawhney’s reflections on British Asian identity and the pressing need for human beings to be recognised beyond religions, nationalities, politics and skin colours. The album also includes impressing extracts from India’s Prime Minister Vajpayee announcing the testing of nuclear bombs in India, and contrasts it with a quote from Julius Robert Oppenheimer, creator of the atomic bomb, quoting from the Baghvad Gita (the Hindu holy scriptures) as he witnesses the first tests of his creation. He quotes the god Vishnu saying “Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds” as he breaks down in tears. The album consists of eight colour digitised pages.

Date of Creation / Publication1999
CreatorOutcaste Records; Jobanputra, Shabs
Associated Person/ Organisation
Collection and Reference NumberOutcaste Records Collection (GB 2661 OC)
Catalogue NumberOC/ART/NS/4
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable.
Access to originalsThe originals are located at Outcaste Records
Series notesNitin Sawhney signed to Outcaste Records in 1993 and was the first artist to sign to the label. An award winning writer, comedian, actor and scriptwriter, Sawhney is in great demand as a musician, songwriter, producer and re-mixer. His albums are diverse in global musical influence and symbolism and have received numerous accolades. He and his band regularly tour internationally.
Collection notesA major label in world music, Outcaste Records was formed in 1995 by Shabs Jobanputra and Paul Franklyn. Based in London, the record label endeavours to maintain a creative space for artists of world music and produce music for and by young British Asians that reflect their South Asian and British cultural traditions. Outcaste are also dedicated to making this music increasingly accessible and appreciated to mainstream audiences.