Magazine article New Internationalist

[Asian Dub Foundation. Rafi's Revenge]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Asian Dub Foundation. Rafi's Revenge]

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These two very different releases show that 'hybrid' music is evidence of a fast-moving and developing culture. Just picking out the influences that colour the rampaging multirhythms of Asian Dub Foundation's first major label release, Rafi's Revenge, can be fun. There's traditional Indian music (in fact, some of their guitars are tuned to Indian scales) and Bollywood tunes; Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae and rap, as filtered through a punked-up aesthetic that owes more to the Sex Pistols or the Clash than anything out of Brooklyn.

And then, of course, there's the political element with songs like 'Naxalite', about a 1968 peasant uprising in West Bengal, 'Assassin', dedicated to Udam Singh, who killed former Punjab Governor General O'Dwyer in revenge for the Amritsar massacre, and 'Free Satpal Ram', a fierce campaigning song centred upon a victim of rough justice. …

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