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

Singles & EPs

NR 12 T Fun-Da-Mental - Janaam / Righteous Preacher album art Fun-Da-Mental Janaam / Righteous Preacher Nation Records NR 12 T UK 1992 Sell This Version
NR 13 T Fun-Da-Mental - Ghandi's Revenge / Azaan - The Calling album art Fun-Da-Mental Ghandi's Revenge / Azaan - The Calling Nation Records NR 13 T UK 1992 Sell This Version
NR023 CD Fun-Da-Mental - Countryman / Tribal Revolution album art Fun-Da-Mental Countryman / Tribal Revolution (Single) Nation Records NR023 CD UK 1993 Sell This Version
NR017T Fun-Da-Mental - Wrath Of The Blackman / Sista India album art Fun-Da-Mental Wrath Of The Blackman / Sista India Nation Records NR017T UK 1993 Sell This Version
NAT 44T Fun-Da-Mental - Gold Burger album art Fun-Da-Mental Gold Burger (Single) Nation Records NAT 44T UK 1994 Sell This Version
055-31323 Fun-Da-Mental - Dog-Tribe album art Fun-Da-Mental Dog-Tribe (Single, Maxi) Nation Records 055-31323 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
FDM Promo 1 Fun-Da-Mental - Cointelpro album art Fun-Da-Mental Cointelpro(12", Promo) Nation Records FDM Promo 1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
NAT55 CD Fun-Da-Mental - Mother India album art Fun>Da>Mental* Featuring Subi Shah Fun>Da>Mental* Featuring Subi Shah - Mother India (Single) Nation Records NAT55 CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
FDM 3CD Fun-Da-Mental - With Intent To Pervert The Cause Of Injustice! (Tracks From The Forthcoming Album) album art 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
Watt 0121 Fun-Da-Mental - Swallow album art Crumb (4) & Fun-Da-Mental Crumb (4) & Fun-Da-Mental - Swallow(CD, Single) Watt'S On Records Watt 0121 Belgium 1995 Sell This Version
NAT 77CD Fun-Da-Mental - GodDevil album art Fun-Da-Mental GodDevil (Single) Nation Records NAT 77CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
NAT 91T Fun-Da-Mental - Ja Sha Taan album art Fun-Da-Mental Ja Sha Taan (Maxi) Nation Records NAT 91T UK 1997 Sell This Version
FUNPROMO2 Fun-Da-Mental - Demonised Soul album art Fun'da'mental* Demonised Soul (Single, Maxi) Nation Records, Beggars Banquet FUNPROMO2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
NR89CD Fun-Da-Mental - Why America Will Go To Hell album art Fun-Da-Mental Why America Will Go To Hell (Maxi) Nation Records NR89CD UK 1999 Sell This Version
MOKO02 Fun-Da-Mental - Fun<Da>Mental - Fermin Muguruza album art 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
NRCD2007 Fun-Da-Mental - The Last Gospel album art 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
NR101T Fun-Da-Mental - The Last Gospel album art Fun Da Mental* The Last Gospel(12") Nation Records NR101T UK 2002 Sell This Version