Transglobal Underground – Walls Have Ears released 15th May 2020

‘WALLS HAVE EARS’ is the new album from Transglobal Underground, featuring family members from the beginning, the present and the future. If you would like a review copy of Walls Have Ears email mark@ironmanrecords.co.uk Transglobal Underground - "Walls Have Ears" released Friday 1st May 2020 Transglobal Underground have been described as "an anarchic self-built non-structure that goes it’s own way." It's probably the best record they've made. Here's a video for a track called Ruma Jhuma. The track features Natacha Atlas and Sheema Mukherjee. Transglobal Underground - Walls Have Ears You’ve gone your own idiosyncratic way since the 1990s. You’ve refused labels, moved in and out of different scenes and styles,…

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Review: Transglobal Underground: Walls Have Ears — as glorious as ever.

With swaggering reggae beats to modern Maghrebi, the near-original line-up reunites for a new studio album. Transglobal Underground were ahead of their time. Thirty years ago they rose from the ashes of the underrated indie band Furniture as a fusion of dance and world music, the furrow they have ploughed ever since. A revolving cast of characters have come and gone — the Egyptian-British singer Natacha Atlas, whose subsequent solo albums have ranged from Cairene strings to Arabic jazz; Nick Page, known in his TGU incarnation as Count Dubulah, who went on to Syriana, Xaos and most notably Dub Colossus; Johnny Kalsi of the Dhol Foundation and Imagined Village. TGU were…

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Transglobal Underground – Walls Have Ears – For today only on Bandcamp

‘WALLS HAVE EARS’ is the new album from Transglobal Underground, featuring family members from the beginning, the present and the future. It will be released on May 15th 2020. Transglobal Underground - "Walls Have Ears" is available today Friday 1st May 2020, for one day only on Bandcamp. Available on vinyl £15, CD £10, and digital download £8. But for 24 hours only Transglobal Underground have been described as "an anarchic self-built non-structure that goes it’s own way." Tim and Hami have just sent me through an advance promo copy of the new album. It's probably the best record they've ever made. Here's a video for a track called Ruma Jhuma…

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RETROPOPIC 435 – Poet John Sinclair Talks: Freed By A John Lennon Song & Other Life Stories

Alongside the music of Gil Scott Heron, MC5, John Lennon, Charlie Parker, The Clovers & John's own words set to music, in this 59 minute podcast The Saint of RETROPOPIC RADIO talks with the legendary poet John Sinclair. How does John remember his childhood? Why did he move to Detroit? What was so different about the music of MC5? How did he receive a prison sentence for possessing dope? What were the circumstances that lead to John Lennon campaigning for his freedom? How does he regard the 'John Sinclair' song that appeared on Lennon's album 'Sometime In New York City'? What relationship did he have with Lennon after his release? Why…

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Funk The Dam – A Funk, Soul & Disco Weekend taking place in Amsterdam from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th November 2019

The team behind the famous Funk & Soul Club bring you “Funk The Dam” – A Funk, Soul & Disco Weekend taking place in Amsterdam from Friday 8th November-Sunday 10th November, 2019. For the debut year, we have hand-picked a selection of some of the greatest and jazziest artists delving in Funk, Soul, Disco, Jazz and Brass music from the current scene. Expect evening events, museum tours, funk & soul banquet, coffee shop tours, intimate boat parties + lots more! This is the ultimate experience for funk & soul fans to lose themselves in a weekend of debauchery whilst exploring the beautiful sights Amsterdam has to offer. Join us on a journey…

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Transglobal Underground… A history…

Transglobal Underground had to happen. They refused to accept that dance music had to be four to the floor house. They refused to accept that something called ‘World Music’ ever existed. They slowed down hip-hop and sped up dub. They sang in whatever language they felt like singing in. they were DJs but they played live. Their influence is all over the place, sometimes benign, sometimes joyful, sometimes beautiful and sometimes bloody dreadful. But the price of innovation is often a trail of shite left in your wake. A thousand dodgy car adverts with colourful tribespeople, colonialised blanded out ethnic samples and ten year old beats…that’s not it at all… We’re…

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Transglobal Underground – EFG London Jazz Festival 22nd November 2019

"Full of life and heart and drama, it’s good to have that TGU ethos in the here and now" Songlines 2018 Transglobal Underground 22nd November 2019 LONDON PizzaExpress Jazz Club 10 Dean Street London W1D 3RW https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/trans-global-underground https://efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events/transglobal-underground-1 So what is Transglobal Underground? Well, over 25 years it’s been a DJ/musical collective, a working band famous for it’s scorching live shows, a techno soundsystem, a folk festival rabble rouser, a pop group, a club night, a Middle Eastern hit production team, an improvised study group for Indian classical music, an Albanian brass band, a duo..or was it an octet?...a seminar, a medicine show and several things no one involved would admit…

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Transglobal Underground – The Colours Started to Sing Again

If you see a barrier, smash it down. 'The Colours Started to Sing Again' is the first new recording by Transglobal Underground in several years. 'I Left My Sweet Homeland' is a remix from the 2009 release 'A Gathering of Strangers' Digital Album and CD released May 13, 2019 Natacha Atlas sings on 'The Colours Started to Sing Again.' Nori Kovacs sings on 'I Left My Sweet Homeland' Transglobal Underground represent something so unique it would be a travesty and blasphemy to attempt to define them in one sentence or write a encyclopedia, you are sure to miss something. Nation Records gave a platform to the band who in turn shared,…

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John Sinclair – I Just Want To Get High And Fuck (Limited Edition T-Shirt)

This is the third design in a series of Limited Edition T-shirts featuring a quote from John Sinclair, the last of the Beatnik warrior poets…..a cultural revolutionary, pioneer of marijuana activism, radical leader and a political prisoner by the end of the 1960s. In 1966-67 the jazz poet, downbeat correspondent, founder of the Detroit Artists Workshop and underground journalist joined the front ranks of the hippie revolution, managing the “avant-rock” MC5 and organizing countless free concerts in the parks, White Panther rallies and radical benefits. Buy John Sinclair - I Just Want to Get High and Fuck T-shirt here The T-shirts are Gildan Extra Tees. Black shirt with a White print…

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Cultural Revolution through a Total Assault on the Culture

Our program is Cultural Revolution through a total assault on the culture, which makes us use every tool, every energy and any media we can get our collective hands on. We take our program with us everywhere we go and use any means necessary to expose people to it. Our culture, our art, the music, newspapers, books, posters, our clothing, our homes, the way we walk and talk, the way our hair grows, the way we smoke dope and fuck and eat and sleep — it is all one message, and the message is FREEDOM! We are the mother country madmen in charge of our own lives and we are taking…

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John Sinclair – Demand The End Of Money (Limited Edition T-Shirt)

This is the second design in a series of Limited Edition T-shirts featuring a quote from John Sinclair, the last of the Beatnik warrior poets…..a cultural revolutionary, pioneer of marijuana activism, radical leader and a political prisoner by the end of the 1960s. In 1966-67 the jazz poet, downbeat correspondent, founder of the Detroit Artists Workshop and underground journalist joined the front ranks of the hippie revolution, managing the “avant-rock” MC5 and organizing countless free concerts in the parks, White Panther rallies and radical benefits. Buy John Sinclair - Demand The End Of Money (Limited Edition T-Shirt) here This run will be limited to 50 Shirts. When they're gone, they are…

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Kick Out The Jams – John Sinclair – Limited Edition T-shirt has arrived

The T-shirts arrived today, they look fantastic. Gerv at Mission Print has done a fantastic job on the printing as usual. Big thanks to Russ at Shockproof-Design for putting it all together and Steve Fly for researching and proposing the John Sinclair quote. Here are a few pictures to show you what the finished design looks like. I have started posting orders already so look out for delivery from next week. This is the first in a series of Limited Edition John Sinclair T-shirts featuring a White Panther design on the FRONT and a quote from John Sinclair on the BACK. Strictly Limited to 50 Shirts including a download code for…

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Beatnik Warrior Poet John Sinclair in the News

January 22, 2019 A group of citizens and NGOs led by Michigan poet John Sinclair and including a physician, a pharmacist, a medical marihuana patient, together with MINORML and the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association have sued the Michigan Board of Pharmacy and its chairperson Nichole Cover seeking to declare void the Board’s continued listing of marihuana as a controlled substance under state law. Under Michigan law, the Board of Pharmacy is charged with the duty to schedule, re-schedule, and de-schedule substances based upon their medical benefits, relative harm and potential for abuse. Notwithstanding the passage of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act and the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, the Board continues…

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Transglobal Underground featuring Natacha Atlas – Destination Overground

It’s the early 1990s. Drum and bass are two separate things. Club music and live music exist in two separate universes. Bhangra is omnipresent and unknown at one and the same time. Reggae and dub are half-forgotten sub genres. If you want to find any Arabic music in London there’s a guy with a stall at Shepherds Bush Market and that’s about it. Every music genre is parcelled up, labelled up, and kept in it’s own yard as far as possible from any other. This compilation celebrates a rebellion against the musical divisions of those days, tells the story of how it happened and what happened next. It all started with…

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John Sinclair + The Founder Effect – Spiegeltent, Canary Wharf, London 17th Sept

John Sinclair and The Founder Effect perform songs from ‘Mohawk’ at Canary Wharf Spiegeltent, London Download the Spiegeltent Leaflet PDF here "John Sinclair - renegade poet, scholar and cultural revolutionary.....an Archetype of the 1960's art, music and literary synthesis, still kicking with both feet on his trajectory for cultural transformation. Mohawk features ten tracks from his book of verse: always know: a book of monk. Beatnik poems, great odes and personal reflections of the Be-Bop jazz persuasion, all flowering together." Doors – 6.00pm John Sinclair on stage 6.30pm – 7.45pm Tickets available through SEE Tickets for £10 + Booking Fee All Press Enquiries Sean Newsham: sean@mutante-inc.demon.co.uk All Guest List requests to:…

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