Fun-Da-Mental

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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Fun-Da-Mental Discography

Albums

Fun-Da-Mental Seize The Time (Album) Nation Records Japan 1994 Sell This Version
Fun>Da>Mental* With Intent To Pervert The Cause Of Injustice! (Album) Nation Records France 1995 Sell This Version
Fun'Da'Mental* Erotic Terrorism (Album) Nation Records UK 1998 Sell This Version
Fun>Da>Mental* There Shall Be Love! (Album) Nation Records France 2001 Sell This Version
Fun Da Mental* Voices Of Mass Destruction (Album) Nation Records France 2003 Sell This Version
Fun-Da-Mental All Is War (The Benefits Of G-Had) (Album) 5 Uncivilised Tribes UK 2006 Sell This Version
№ 04 Fun-Da-Mental Live At CDQ(CD, Ltd) CDQ № 04 Poland 2015 Sell This Version
NR2030D Fun-Da-Mental A Philosophy Of Nothing(14xFile, AAC, Album, 265) Nation Records NR2030D UK 2015

Singles & EPs

Fun-Da-Mental Ghandi's Revenge / Azaan - The Calling Nation Records UK 1992 Sell This Version
Fun-Da-Mental Janaam / Righteous Preacher Nation Records UK 1992 Sell This Version
Fun-Da-Mental Wrath Of The Blackman / Sista India Nation Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
Fun-Da-Mental Countryman / Tribal Revolution (Single, EP) Nation Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
Fun-Da-Mental Dog-Tribe (Single, Maxi) Nation Records Germany 1994 Sell This Version
Fun-Da-Mental Gold Burger (Maxi) Nation Records UK 1994 Sell This Version
FDM Promo 1 Fun-Da-Mental Cointelpro(12", Promo) Nation Records FDM Promo 1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
Fun>Da>Mental* Featuring Subi Shah Fun>Da>Mental* Featuring Subi Shah - Mother India (Single, Maxi) Nation Records UK 1995 Sell This Version
Watt 0121, 679-0121-22 Crumb (4) & Fun-Da-Mental Crumb (4) & Fun-Da-Mental - Swallow(CD, Single) Watt'S On Records, Play It Again Sam [PIAS] Watt 0121, 679-0121-22 Belgium 1995 Sell This Version
FDM 3CD Fun-Da-Mental Untitled(CD, Maxi, Promo) Nation Records FDM 3CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
FDM 3 Fun>Da>Mental* With Intent To Pervert The Cause Of Injustice! (Tracks From The Forthcoming Album)(12", Promo, Smplr) Nation Records, Mantra Recordings FDM 3 UK 1995 Sell This Version
Fun-Da-Mental GodDevil (Single) Nation Records UK 1996 Sell This Version
Fun-Da-Mental Ja Sha Taan (Maxi) Nation Records UK 1997 Sell This Version
Fun'da'mental* Demonised Soul (Single, Maxi) Nation Records, Beggars Banquet UK 1998 Sell This Version
Fun-Da-Mental Why America Will Go To Hell (Maxi) Nation Records UK 1999 Sell This Version
MOKO02 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* 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