The Asian Dub Foundation is a British band that mixes various styles in its compositions - rock , electronic music , breakbeat , drum and bass , dub and reggae . The texts of the group stand out for their politicization and affect many of the problems of modern society - xenophobia , the policy of double standards , racism , violence , and economic globalization .
|Asian Dub Foundation|
alternative hip hop
|Years||1993 - our days|
|A country||Great Britain|
|Labels||Slash records |
|Composition||Steve Chandra Savale (aka Chandrasonic)|
Sanjay Gulabbhai Tailor (aka Sun-J)
John Pandit (aka Pandit G)
Prithpal Rajput (aka Cyber)
The group was formed in 1993, in the East End , a working-class district of London. The origins of the creation were British Indian and Nepalese origin: DJ John Pandit ( John "Pandit G" Pandit ), 14-year-old rapper Didir Zaman ( Deeder "Master D" Zaman , member of the State of Bengal ), bassist Aniruddha Das ( Aniruddha "Dr Das "Das ) and guitarist Steve Chandra Savale aka " Chandrasonic " , ex-member of the group Higher Intelligence Agency . The latter was notable for its style of play - setting all the strings on one note (as on a sitar ) and using a knife instead of a mediator. The fact that almost all of them, in addition to their passion for music, were socially active people (Pandit was a member of CAPA, an organization for the protection of the rights of people of color, and Das led one of the laboratories of Community Music, a foundation that helps children in color districts of London to get music education) and the direction of the team.
Mixing various styles in his performances, from punk rock to Bengali folk songs, the ADF quickly gains a lot of fans, including among the antifa  . The group is joined by DJ and keyboard player Sanjay Gulabhai Taylor ( Sunjay Gulabhai Tailor ) and dancer Bubble-E.
In 1994, the first single, Conscious , was released, and in the same year, the ADF performed at the opening of the famous British team Transglobal Underground. In 1995, the album Facts & Fiction was released on Nation Records , which critics went almost unnoticed. However, the band is very warmly received at concerts in France, where in 1997, Virgin France released their second album, RAFI (in England, the album was reissued in 1998 under the name Rafi's Revenge ). The album was nominated for the Mercury Prize . In the same year, Primal Scream band leader Bobby Gillespie invited the ADF to a joint concert tour of England.
In 1998, the group, with the assistance and active support of the London College of Arts, founded the ADF Education - an organization whose goal is to teach music and technology children from poor families  .
This was followed by a concert tour of the United States (with the Beastie Boys ) and Japan, and in the spring of 1999 the Asian Dub Foundation went on an independent “Asian Invasion” tour of America, at the end of the same year the live album Conscious Party was released .
The third album, ADF, was released on February 20, 2000 under the name Community Music , and was represented by a mix of electronics and traditional Indian music, using stringed and wind instruments. In the songs, the group showed its negative attitude towards the policy of the government of Tony Blair (the song “Real Great Britain”), in the song “Committed To Life” took part the political emigrant from the USA Assata Shakur, one of the founders of the organization “ Black Panthers ”. New Musical Express magazine put the album 10 out of 10 points. The ADF went on a European tour, playing with Rage Against the Machine , and in the track “Memory Wars” they criticized attempts to rewrite the latest political history:
The history they teach
If it is your price then come join the bounty hunters
It is true that it’s the enemy of all these liars 
Also the words from the chorus of this song:
Who controls the present controls
They are a modified quote from the George Orwell novel “ 1984 ” - “He who controls the past, controls the future. He who controls the present, controls the past. ” ("He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past").
At the end of 2000, Zaman leaves the group (he decided to focus on social projects). ADF recruits new members - Rocky Singh (drums), Pritpal Rajpur (tabla, lobe), MC Aktarvata (vocals), MC Spex (vocals). The last two were previously played in the Invasion group, one of the ADF Education projects.
In April 2001, with the support of the British Consulate, ADF gave concerts in Brazil with the groups Orappa, Nacao Zumbi and Afroreggae.
February 3, 2003 the album Enemy Of The Enemy was released , recorded with the participation of the famous reggae producer Adrian Sherwood  . The lyrics include a critique of globalization (the song “Fortress Europe”, with the participation of Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood ), the problems of domestic violence (“1000 Mirrors”, vocal by Sinead O'Connor ). The tracks “Blowback” and “Enemy Of The Enemy” are dedicated to the memory of the events of September 11, 2001 in America. Also in the recording of the album took another guitarist Radiohead - Edward O'Brien .
On February 28, 2005, the album Tank was released , the sound of which shifted towards electronics and drum and base rhythms. Quote from the song "Round Up"
dem come from the muslims you say nothing
dem come for the anti-globalist you say nothing
dem even come for you
dem who will speak for you?
is a reference to the statement of Martin Niemöller , a prisoner of a Nazi concentration camp:
First they came for the Jews. I was silent - I was not a Jew. Then they came for the communists. I was silent - I was not a communist. Then they came for union workers. I was silent - I was not a trade union worker. Then they came for me. There was no one left to help me. [four]
In 2006, the ADF smacked to create a dub-punk opera. "Gaddafi Opera" ( Gaddafi: the Opera ), as the name suggests, talks about the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi . Participation in the production was a collective of the English National Opera (ENO) and screenwriter Shang Khan ( Shan Khan ). The premiere took place in the London Coliseum on September 7, 2006. In the same year Das leaves the group (he took up a solo career). Martin Savale (Babu Stormz ), a member of the electric \ grunge \ hip-hop group Swami and his brother Chandra Sawala, is invited to take his place. In 2007, in ADF, MC Spex changed to Al Rumjen ( Al Rumjen ), member of the ska band King Prawn.
In the spring of 2008, the release of the next eighth studio album ADF - Punkara .
- 1995 - Facts and Fictions
- 1997 - RAFI (originally published only in France)
- 1998 - Rafi's Revenge
- 1998 - Conscious Party (originally published only in France)
- 2000 - Community Music
- 2001 - Frontline 1993–1997: rarities and remixes
- 2003 - Enemy of the Enemy
- 2003 - Live: Keep Bangin 'on the Walls
- 2005 - Tank
- 2007 - Time Freeze 1995/2007: The Best Of
- 2008 - Punkara
- 2011 - A History of Now
- 2013 - The Signal And The Noise
- 2015 - More Signal More Noise
Das solo work
- 2006 - Emergency Basslines
Zaman's solo work
- 2008 - Minority Large (released only in Japan)
- 1997 - Naxalite
- 1998 - Free Satpal Ram
- 1998 - Buzzin '
- 1998 - Black White
- 2000 - Real Great Britain
- 2000 - New Way, New Life
- 2003 - Fortress Europe
- 2003 - 1000 Mirrors (feat. Sinead O'Connor)
- 2003 - Asian Dub Foundation live
- Ghadar May 2000 (inaccessible link) . The appeal date is April 17, 2008. Archived May 12, 2008.
- Asian Dub Foundation / Asian Dub Foundation: Biography
- Memory War / Asian Dub Foundation (Asian Dub Foundation)
- project "EPIGRAPH" Archived April 30, 2008.