Fun-da-mental ‘Audio Shrapnel’ XFM Superchunk

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First broadcast in December 2001 for the Eddie Temple-Morris & James Hyman program on XFM.  Big respect to DJ Overhaul who constructed the final mix on his jack after my back put me on ice for a few days.  It represents the manner to which we hit gigs in the short time we threw down as the Nation World Service / Audio Shrapnel DJ team, throwing everything into the pile.  (Thanks to Suki for the tracklist)

Tune in hear (sic)

James & Eddie Intro’ (Nation/XFM),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Fire Water’ (Nation),
Yam Yam ‘The Spectacle’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Gold Burger’ (Nation),
The Chemical Brothers ‘It Began In Afrika’ (Virgin),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘New World Order’ (Nation),
Drain ‘Wendy Will Win’ (Astralwerks),
Red Hot Chilli Peppers ‘Around The World’ (Warner Bros),
Asha Bhosle ‘Dono Ke Vichkar Lagta’ (Nascente),
2nd Gen ‘Sweet Fucking Molotov’ (Flo),
Swami ‘Hat Jo Hat Jo’ (Envy),
Techno Animal ‘Piranha’ (Matador),
Asian Dub Foundation ‘Witness (DJ Scud Remix)’ (Nation),
The Bug ‘Politicians & Paedophiles’ (Morpheus),
Dexy’s Midnight Runners ‘Come On Eileen’ (Phonogram),
Public Enemy ‘Bring The Noise’ (Def Jam),
Public Enemy Megamix ‘Burn The Place’ (White Label),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘No More Fear’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental Seize The Time’ (Nation), Fun-Da-Mental ‘Dog Tribe’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental, ‘Demonised Soul’ (Nation), Fun-Da-Mental ‘Rape’ (Nation),
Charged ‘Elektro Punjabi Da-koo’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Cointelpro’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Wandering Soul’ (Nation),
Bollywood Soundtrack ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ (Outcaste),
Rage Against The Machine ‘Calm Like A Bomb’ (Sony),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘GodDevil’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Spy Cat’ (Nation),
Squarepusher ‘Plaistow Flex Out’ (Warp),
Tino’s Breaks Volume 5 ‘D-U-B Dub’ (Tino Corp),
Eek-A-Mouse ‘Wa-Do-Dem’ (Greensleeves),
Bob Marley & The Wailers ‘War’ (Island),
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir ‘America The Beautiful’ (Sony),
Elephant Man ‘The Bombing’ (Greensleeves)?
‘Bhangra Track What Samples ‘Get Ur Freak On’ (?),
Missy ‘Misdemeanour’ Elliot ‘Get Ur Freak On’ (Elektra),
Bubba Sparxx ‘Ugly’ (Beat Club/Interscope),
Elephant Man ‘Bring The War’ (Greensleeves),
Surinder Shinda ‘Mera Punjab’ (?) Transglobal Underground ‘Temple Head’ (Nation)
Adam & The Ants ‘Kings Of The Wild Frontier’ (CBS),
Labh Janjua & Panjabi MC ‘Mundian To Bach Ke’ (Nachural),
Dippa Dosanjh ‘The Next Episode’ (Envy),
TJ Rehmi ‘Who Killed Bhangra?’ (Nation),
Orchestral National De Barbes ‘Alaoui’ (Virgin France),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Ja Sha Taan (Transglobal Underground Karachi Death Cult Mix)'(Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Pollution’ (Nation),
Roots Manuva ‘Ital Visions’ (Big Dada),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘More Than A Hundred Times’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘The Last Gospel’ (Nation),
Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwal & Temple Of Sound ‘Love Moves The Sun’ (Real World), Transglobal Underground ‘Lookee Here (Dreadzone Remix)’ (Nation),
Gearwhore ‘Vector Tribe’ (Astralwerks),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Tagai Soul’ (Nation),
Leftfield ‘Phat Planet’ (Hard Hands/Sony)
Recycler ‘FUH 115 (Elite Force Remix)’ (Nation)
Asian Dub Foundation ‘Strong Culture (Juttla & Charged Remix)’ (Nation),
Elvis Costello & The Attractions ‘Pump It Up’ (Radar/WEA),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Anarchy’ (White Label), Rich [Nation Records] ‘James, Eddy & Ian Camfield Outro’ (Nation/XFM)”

Festivalitis

Rizwan-Muazzam & Fun-da-metnal / Mela Festivalen Oslo
Rizwan-Muazzam & Fun-da-metnal / Mela Festivalen Oslo

There were four music festivals taking place in Oslo last weekend, the Mela Festivalen, which Fun-da-mental briefly performed at with Rizwan-Muazzam Qawal.   There was also Jazz and Chamber Music festivals.

Just before leaving the hotel for the airport,  Russ, (FDM’s monitor engineer) casually  informed me that Wale, Skream & Benga, among others were to perform later  that day at the Oye Festival, which was also taking place in Oslo.  Russ and Bill (F.O.H. Sound) were staying an extra couple of days to do the job for The Dhol Foundation, so they had the opportunity to catch a slice of the Oye action.

Eh, are you serious?  Pissed me off.

Our performance at the Mela was , uhm, I did say brief.   Two days waiting for Rizwan-Muazzam and Party to show up.  The Norewgian embassy in Pakistan has been closed more often than open, due to ‘terrorism’.  Getting the required visas was problematic.  They landed two days late, at midday, the day of the gig.  We had to cram two days of rehearsals into three hours.

How are they gonna feel after a ten hour flight from Pakistan straight to rehearsal, 90 minutes rest, then gig?

It was cool, see them boys is professional.

Hit the stage after Third World, who were gagging for a bit of weed, no chance in Norway fellas.

Rizwan-Muazzam started the proceedings with two songs from the repetiore of their uncle, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.  The diaspora erupted. Fun-da-mental appeared with Rizwan-Muazzam for a rare collaboration, and after the first number together, the organizers were already saying “Last track”, then proceed to cut the onstage sound while we were performing.  Not cool. Not fucking cool at all.

“Sorry, we’ve been here for three days, for what, to play fifteen minutes?  Now turn the fucking sound back on!”

Okay, your not gonna turn the sound on, fuck you, we’ll continue regardless.

We got the job done.

With DJ sets, on several occasions I’ve been tempted to give back some of my fee when I’ve had my set cut. Man prepares two hour DJ set, man drives/flies to event, then only plays for forty minutes. I don’t feel as if the job has been fully executed.  However sense prevails.   Actually now I’ve been thinking it’s time to put a clause in the contract,  if you cut the set short, promoter pays extra.  It doesn’t make sense, but it does if you know what I mean.

Please sort out yer stage management.

How come Womad never have this problem?

Mela Festivalen / Oslo Rådhusplass

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For our Norwegian brothers and sisters, next Friday in Oslo, Fun-da-mental will be doing a collaboration with Rizwan-Muazzam Qawal. For the uninitiated, Rizwan and his brother, Muazzam, are nephews of the late great Qawalli singer, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Qawalli music was introduced to me as ‘having conversations with god’.  Its’ been awhile since we’ve done a collaboration like this, nearly six years ago with the release of  the There Shall Be Love album for BBC Radio 3’s Mixing It program.

The above photo was from the collabo’ with Aziz Mian, unfortunately he too has passed.  He had the funk, gotta say, and he the passion with which he sang came out not only through his voice but in the pan-laded sweat that profusely exited his forehead.  We were fortunate to see him do his thing in a village  that I can’t remember the name of, in Pakistan.  100% raw and uncut.

More festival info here.