1000 Years of South Asian Punk

It's no accident that Asian Dub Foundation's latest and finest album, Community Music, is named after the music workshop that initiated the band. Representing ADF's outernational musical community, this album is about the many routes and political histories that place South Asians and people of color in the struggle for social justice. It is indeed a lyrical exploration of anti-racism and a political critique as much as it is a creative foray into the sounds of an emerging desi diaspora. Just sample 'Officer XX' a chronicle of the Stephen Lawrence murder, and 'Crash' a rant against the evils of the money hungry IMF and Wall Street that ends in a beat resembling the ebb and flow of a global economic heartbeat. In fact, ADF has created a new standard of musical production for all socially conscious artists. Quoting widely from the sounds of the Middle East, South Asia and the Caribbean, Community Music is ADF grooving in its highest dub form.

ADF's music collective goes beyond the trenchant rapping of Deeder, the mesmerising turntablism of Pandit-G, Chandrasonic's reggae-inflected riffs, Dr. Das's indo-dub bass lines and the intergalactic sounds of Sun-J. Invoking the spoken word of activist/intellectuals A. Sivanandan and Assata Shakur, ADF pushes listeners to new heights through a pedagogy filled with the hope of economic and racial justice. 'Taa Deem,' dedicated to the inspiration of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, makes a reappearance from the Star Rise album where it was first cut. The indomitable track 'Rebel Warrior,' inspired by the work of Bangla poet Nazrul Islam, is back again in a dubbier version from its initial release on ADF's Facts and Fictions. The collaborations go even further featuring ADF regular Catalisa on 'Truth Hides' and an unlisted Arab-French collaborator on the final hidden track that reinterprets 'Collective Mode.' A track that for all intensive purposes organizes the album (and its listeners!) to 'get into de collective mode.' The level of lyrical consciousness is matched in the progressive sounds that make this album an instrumental tool for a new generation of radical activists. It offers insight into how sonic technology combined with a collective approach can yield productive results. Community Music is must listening for all those who know the potential of the revolutionary spirit.

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