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Dazed have teamed up with Channel 4 for a new series looking at music cults. British Asian Rave aired on Channel 4 last night and celebrates the musical and social phenomenon of the so-called 'Asian Underground', the anthem for many second generation British South Asians during the 1990s as they negotiated their Britishness.
The programme featured the Real World group Joi, whose DJ-led mix of brittle breakbeats and flowing Eastern grooves was at the forefront of the movement. Joi went on to release three albums, 1999's One and One Is One, 2002's We Are Three and 2007's Without Zero. Celebratory and devotional, progressive and respectful, laden with different emotions yet bound by a one-love aesthetic, they stole the hearts of critics, clubbers and exemplary music-lovers alike.
In 1997, Real World commissioned some of the leading lights of the UK's Asian Underground movement to remix and reshape the back catalogue of the late, great Pakistani qawwali singer, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The compilation features remixes from Joi, Asian Dub Foundation, Nitin Sawhney, State Of Bengal, The Dhol Foundation and others and was recently reissued as part of our Real World Gold series.