Fun-Da-Mental

Profile:
British-based multi-cultural group formed in August '91 for London's annual Notting Hill Carnival, drawing on Indian, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-American musical forms but highly politicized, often with a distinctive Islamic or civil rights twist. Initial line-up consisted of Bad-Sha Lallaman and Aki Nawaz (properly Haq Qureshi) who went under the stage name of Propa-Gandhi, Man-Tharoo (who later went under the name of Goldfinger) and DJ Obeah (who would be replaced by Dave Watts). The least convincing colour on their style palette would be rap; their originality lies in their manipulation of soundbite and sample. Often witty, they mix samples of the classical instruments, the metamorphosed motif of the train whistle from the Hindi film Pakeezah, Pakistani village music and filmi (Indian film music), all woven into a patterns of flavours. They are also influenced by the spirit of punk.
By now Fun-Da-Mental comprised Amir Ali (lyrics), Aki Nawaz (music), Inder Matharu (lyrics/percussion), Dave Watts (additional samples) and Count Dubulah (bass/guitar). Lallaman and Goldfinger left August '93, replaced by MC Mushtaq and Hot Dog Dennis. They marked their arrival in style with a debut double album Seize The Time '94 on Beggar's Banquet/Nation, as well as a new stage name for Watts, now working as Impi-D.
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Albums

NATCD 33 Seize The Time — Fun-Da-Mental Fun-Da-Mental Seize The Time (Album) Nation Records NATCD 33 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
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7243 8 40663 2 1 With Intent To Pervert The Cause Of Injustice! — Fun-Da-Mental Fun>Da>Mental* With Intent To Pervert The Cause Of Injustice! (Album) Nation Records 7243 8 40663 2 1 France 1995 Sell This Version
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NATLP 1080 Erotic Terrorism — Fun-Da-Mental Fun'Da'Mental* Erotic Terrorism (Album) Nation Records, Nation Records NATLP 1080 UK 1998 Sell This Version
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NTCD110, NT098 There Shall Be Love! — Fun-Da-Mental Fun>Da>Mental* There Shall Be Love! (Album) Nation Records NTCD110, NT098 France 2001 Sell This Version
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NTCD144, NT96 Voices Of Mass Destruction — Fun-Da-Mental Fun Da Mental* Voices Of Mass Destruction (Album) Nation Records NTCD144, NT96 France 2003 Sell This Version
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5UT 01 All Is War (The Benefits Of G-Had) — Fun-Da-Mental Fun-Da-Mental All Is War (The Benefits Of G-Had) (Album) 5 Uncivilised Tribes 5UT 01 UK 2006 Sell This Version
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№ 04 Live At CDQ — Fun-Da-Mental Fun-Da-Mental Live At CDQ(CD, Ltd) CDQ № 04 Poland 2015 Sell This Version
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NR2030D A Philosophy Of Nothing — Fun-Da-Mental Fun-Da-Mental A Philosophy Of Nothing(14xFile, AAC, Album, 265) Nation Records NR2030D UK 2015
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Singles & EPs

NR 12 T Janaam / Righteous Preacher — Fun-Da-Mental Fun-Da-Mental Janaam / Righteous Preacher Nation Records NR 12 T UK 1992 Sell This Version
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NR 13 T Ghandi's Revenge / Azaan - The Calling — Fun-Da-Mental Fun-Da-Mental Ghandi's Revenge / Azaan - The Calling Nation Records NR 13 T UK 1992 Sell This Version
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NR023 CD Countryman / Tribal Revolution — Fun-Da-Mental Fun-Da-Mental Countryman / Tribal Revolution (Single) Nation Records NR023 CD UK 1993 Sell This Version
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NR017T Wrath Of The Blackman / Sista India — Fun-Da-Mental Fun-Da-Mental Wrath Of The Blackman / Sista India Nation Records NR017T UK 1993 Sell This Version
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NAT 44T Gold Burger — Fun-Da-Mental Fun-Da-Mental Gold Burger (Single) Nation Records NAT 44T UK 1994 Sell This Version
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055-31323 Dog-Tribe — Fun-Da-Mental Fun-Da-Mental Dog-Tribe (Single, Maxi) Nation Records 055-31323 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
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FDM Promo 1 Cointelpro — Fun-Da-Mental Fun-Da-Mental Cointelpro(12", Promo) Nation Records FDM Promo 1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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NAT55 CD Mother India — Fun-Da-Mental Fun>Da>Mental* Featuring Subi Shah Fun>Da>Mental* Featuring Subi Shah - Mother India (Single) Nation Records NAT55 CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
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FDM 3CD With Intent To Pervert The Cause Of Injustice! (Tracks From The Forthcoming Album) — Fun-Da-Mental Fun-Da-Mental With Intent To Pervert The Cause Of Injustice! (Tracks From The Forthcoming Album) (Maxi) Nation Records FDM 3CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
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Watt 0121 Swallow — Fun-Da-Mental Crumb (4) & Fun-Da-Mental Crumb (4) & Fun-Da-Mental - Swallow(CD, Single) Watt'S On Records Watt 0121 Belgium 1995 Sell This Version
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NAT 77CD GodDevil — Fun-Da-Mental Fun-Da-Mental GodDevil (Single) Nation Records NAT 77CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
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NAT 91T Ja Sha Taan — Fun-Da-Mental Fun-Da-Mental Ja Sha Taan (Maxi, Single) Nation Records NAT 91T UK 1997 Sell This Version
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none Ja Sha Taan — Fun-Da-Mental Fun-Da-Mental Ja Sha Taan(Cass, Advance, Single, Promo) Mantra Recordings none UK 1997 Sell This Version
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FUNPROMO2 Demonised Soul — Fun-Da-Mental Fun'da'mental* Demonised Soul (Single, Maxi) Nation Records, Beggars Banquet FUNPROMO2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
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NR89CD Why America Will Go To Hell — Fun-Da-Mental Fun-Da-Mental Why America Will Go To Hell (Maxi) Nation Records NR89CD UK 1999 Sell This Version
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MOKO02 Fun<Da>Mental - Fermin Muguruza — Fun-Da-Mental Fun<Da>Mental* - Fermin Muguruza Fun<Da>Mental* - Fermin Muguruza - Fun<Da>Mental - Fermin Muguruza(CD, Maxi) Mokoka Association MOKO02 France 1999 Sell This Version
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NRCD2007 The Last Gospel — Fun-Da-Mental Fun=Da=Mental* Featuring Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwal* & Zamo Mbhuto* Fun=Da=Mental* Featuring Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwal* & Zamo Mbhuto* - The Last Gospel(CD, Single) Nation Records NRCD2007 UK 2001 Sell This Version