Asian Dub Foundation

The social activism reflected in the lyrics of Asian Dub Foundation, a politically oriented hard-core music collective from London, may have been lost on most of the young dancers at the Troubadour on Tuesday.

With:
Band: Master D, Pandit G., Chandrasonic, Sun-J, Dr. Das.

The social activism reflected in the lyrics of Asian Dub Foundation, a politically oriented hard-core music collective from London, may have been lost on most of the young dancers at the Troubadour on Tuesday. Instead, they were drawn in by the group’s unbeatable fusion of modern and traditional Indian music styles with ardent punk ethics.

Vocalist Master D. delivered his urgent and frantic raps in a style similar to that of the Beastie Boys, but his Cockney-accented words were mostly inaudible in the loud, high-energy mix, though the between-song commentary — which addressed such topics as political prisoners and historical uprisings against imperialist countries — left no question that this band takes its message at least as seriously as its grooves.

The pre-recorded jungle beats of “Assassin,” from ADF’s 1998 U.S. debut, “Rafi’s Revenge” (ffrr/London), called attention to an early-century uprising of Indian peasants against British rule, while the brand new “Crash,” targeted for the group’s album due this fall, attacked the world’s financial conglomerates with menacing guitar sounds and syncopated raps.

The heavy themes addressed by Asian Dub Foundation (whose members are of Pakistani, Indian and Sri Lankan heritage) could be a bit much for an American music crowd that generally goes for style over this much substance, although the captivating group’s spirited and skilled manner could well lead to success beyond that of such inferior groups as Kula Shaker and Chumbawumba.

Asian Dub Foundation ends its U.S. tour April 7 and 8 at Gotham’s Bowery Ballroom.

Asian Dub Foundation

Troubadour; 450 capacity; $12.50

Production: Presented by Goldenvoice. Reviewed March 23, 1999.

Cast: Band: Master D, Pandit G., Chandrasonic, Sun-J, Dr. Das.

More Music

  • Bill Hearn, CEO of Capitol Christian

    Bill Hearn, Chairman of Capitol Christian Music Group, Dies at 58

    The social activism reflected in the lyrics of Asian Dub Foundation, a politically oriented hard-core music collective from London, may have been lost on most of the young dancers at the Troubadour on Tuesday. Instead, they were drawn in by the group’s unbeatable fusion of modern and traditional Indian music styles with ardent punk ethics. […]

  • Golden Globes: Listen to the Best

    Listen to the Five Original Songs Nominated for a Golden Globe

    The social activism reflected in the lyrics of Asian Dub Foundation, a politically oriented hard-core music collective from London, may have been lost on most of the young dancers at the Troubadour on Tuesday. Instead, they were drawn in by the group’s unbeatable fusion of modern and traditional Indian music styles with ardent punk ethics. […]

  • Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood on Scoring 'Phantom

    There Will Be Greenwood: The Radiohead Rocker on Scoring 'Phantom Thread'

    The social activism reflected in the lyrics of Asian Dub Foundation, a politically oriented hard-core music collective from London, may have been lost on most of the young dancers at the Troubadour on Tuesday. Instead, they were drawn in by the group’s unbeatable fusion of modern and traditional Indian music styles with ardent punk ethics. […]

  • Alexandre Desplat the Shape of Water

    Sci-Fi Score Awards Contenders Recruit Veteran Composers for Vastly Different Films

    The social activism reflected in the lyrics of Asian Dub Foundation, a politically oriented hard-core music collective from London, may have been lost on most of the young dancers at the Troubadour on Tuesday. Instead, they were drawn in by the group’s unbeatable fusion of modern and traditional Indian music styles with ardent punk ethics. […]

  • All the Money in the World

    Historical Dramas Are Difficult to Score, but Attract Awards Attention

    The social activism reflected in the lyrics of Asian Dub Foundation, a politically oriented hard-core music collective from London, may have been lost on most of the young dancers at the Troubadour on Tuesday. Instead, they were drawn in by the group’s unbeatable fusion of modern and traditional Indian music styles with ardent punk ethics. […]

  • Mary J. Blige

    Mary J. Blige Joins Illustrious Group of Golden Globes Double Music-Acting Nominees

    The social activism reflected in the lyrics of Asian Dub Foundation, a politically oriented hard-core music collective from London, may have been lost on most of the young dancers at the Troubadour on Tuesday. Instead, they were drawn in by the group’s unbeatable fusion of modern and traditional Indian music styles with ardent punk ethics. […]

  • Shazam

    Apple Is Buying Shazam: Acquisition of Music Recognition App Confirmed

    The social activism reflected in the lyrics of Asian Dub Foundation, a politically oriented hard-core music collective from London, may have been lost on most of the young dancers at the Troubadour on Tuesday. Instead, they were drawn in by the group’s unbeatable fusion of modern and traditional Indian music styles with ardent punk ethics. […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content