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Reiterating the role of folk songs as a motivating force in the 1857 uprising, noted historians Tuesday urged scholars in India to carry out research on folk songs and publish books on the event. ‘During 1857 war, British rulers had put a blanket ban on all kinds of publications. Here folk songs especially played an yeoman’s role in spreading the message of revolt,’ noted historian Bipin Chandra said here.

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“Hustlers HC were the first Sikh rap crew to come out of the U.K. with a strong socio-political message, they did much to bridge religious divides in the Asian community as well as creating much respect for Sikhs in the Rap fraternity. Hustlers HC were also responsible, along with DJ Ritu, for organizing and maintaining one of the first and most respected Asian club nights in London, Bombay Jungle at the Wag Club.” (www.mutinysounds.com)

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FUN-DA-MENTAL have been described as the Asian Public Enemy, and their new album, ‘Seize The Time’, has been hailed as the most awesome collision between hip hop, noise and polemic since ‘Fear Of A Black Planet’. Two good reasons why we decided to catch F-D-M in action. Some people think Fun-Da-Mental are a bit extreme. But then, if racial attacks against my people had gone up 300 per cent in the East End this year alone, if my country had had its thriving textile industry broken up by the invading colonialist power so as not to threaten their own industrial revolution (as happened in India), if I originated from a hemisphere that had been economically bloodsucked, starved, exploited for hundreds of years, if I wasn’t welcome in my own country, I’d feel a bit extreme, too.

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A man calling himself Gaddar makes no secret about his ideology: He sings it from the rooftops. The Indian man can barely finish a sentence without bursting into song, often describing the oppression of the masses. Gaddar was once a foot soldier in the jungles of India with the People’s Army, a Maoist insurgent militia. Maoists are active in nearly half of the country’s states; hundreds have died in recent violence between the Maoist militias and Indian security services. Years ago, Gaddar turned from violence to music, becoming a revolutionary balladeer and writing hundreds of popular songs. The authorities are taking notice of the power of Gaddar’s music.

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Deportation is a new musical project headed up by electronic – international – folk – soul – protest music band LAL (Rosina Kazi, Nicholas Murray, Ian de Souza, Santosh Naidu and Rakesh Tewari). It is multi-faceted art installation project based on the musical and social philosophy of LAL’s new upcoming album also titled Deportation. The artist residency at the MAI will incorporate live performances by LAL with works from Toronto-based multimedia artist Faisal Anwar, Montreal-based projectionist and filmmaker Jose Garcia, and Montreal-based DJ/producer/sound technician Kevin Moon (aka Moonstarr).

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Hip-hop has been the culture of choice for many desi youth (particularly in North America) for several decades now. Here is an article that provides some much needed understanding about what is behind this industry to all the hip hop fans out there.

Commerce is Killing the True Spirit of Hip-Hop

Hip-hop icon Nas made the provocative statement, “Hip-hop is dead,” in September and set off a firestorm of controversy. It was intensified by the January release of his album bearing the same title. Many questioned why Nas would say hip-hop — a worldwide phenomenon that has generated billions of dollars — could be “dead.” After all, more hip-hop albums are being released then ever before, and the music’s influence extends to movies, corporate marketing and theater. That it’s dead seems absurd — until you realize Nas was looking beneath the surface.

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Asian Dub Foundation are to release a career retrospective collection called “Time Freeze” next month. The bonus disc’s highlights are two live tracks recorded at ADF’s 2004 Somerset House show, when Public NME’s Chuck D joined them onstage for amazing versions of “Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos” and “Son Of A Bush.”

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