Transglobal Underground & Natacha Atlas (dinle)

  1. Transglobal Underground & Natacha Atlas - Sky Giant
  2. Transglobal Underground -Tal Zamaan
  3. Transglobal Underground feat Natacha Atlas El Heddud 
  4. Natacha Atlas - Yalla Chant (Transglobal Underground Remix)
  5. Transglobal Underground - Radio Unfree Europe
  6. Transglobal Underground - Boss Tabla
  7. Transglobal Underground - Boss Tabla
  8. Transglobal Underground - Thousand Year Heat
  9. Transglobal Underground - Son of Thingdrum
  10. Transglobal Underground - Shining Iron Face
  11. Transglobal Underground - Rude Buddah
  12. Transglobal Underground - City of Gold
  13. Transglobal Underground - Chemnitz
  14. Transglobal Underground - Ali Mullah
  15. Transglobal Underground - International Times
  16. Transglobal Underground - Daughter of the Desert
  17. Transglobal Underground - Psycho Karaoke
  18. Transglobal Underground - Scully
  19. Transglobal Underground - Eyeway Souljah
  20. Transglobal Underground - Bullet Train
  21. Transglobal Underground - Good Luck Mr Gorsky
  22. Transglobal Underground - Ancient Dreams of the Sky
  23. Transglobal Underground - A Tongue of Flame
  24. Transglobal Underground - Lexicona
  25. Transglobal Underground - Temple Head



Transglobal Underground

Musical collaborators since their schooldays, Tim Whelan and Hamilton Lee were previously both founding members of British pop band Furniture and had played with the experimental psychedelic art-punk group The Transmitters. While with Furniture, both musicians had already demonstrated an interest in world music by bringing in more culturally-diverse instrumentation to what was originally a fairly conventional rock band line up (Lee had played tongue drums and other percussion in addition to his standard drumkit, while Whelan had supplemented his guitar playing with extensive use of the Chinese yangqin zither). Following the break-up of Furniture, Whelan and Lee worked together as part of the Flavel Bambi Septet (an Ealing-based world music band with a shifting lineup including other Transmitters members and future TGU member Natacha Atlas).

Transglobal Underground was first formed when Whelan and Lee teamed up with a third musician, Nick Page. All three took on pseudonyms for the project, which they have determinedly maintained (albeit with variations) up until the present day. Whelan became "Alex Kasiek", Lee "Hamid Mantu" and Page "Count Dubulah". The first recording by the group was the single "Temple Head" which was shopped around various labels before eventually being released by Nation Records in 1991. Although not a major hit, it was named "Single of the Week" in Melody Maker a publication that frequently reviewed and promoted the group, and heavily featured at clubs such as Whirl-Y-Gig.The group was quickly signed to Deconstruction Records, for whom they recorded an album. The label, however, declined to release the album,[5] which eventually saw the light of day on the Nation label in 1994 as Dream of 100 Nations. This album marked the group debut of Natacha Atlas, formerly best known for her work with Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart, with percussionist Neil Sparkes joining at around the same time.

TGU developed a reputation for flamboyant live performances featuring dramatic costumes, belly dancing, endless percussion and members of the group disguised as Nepalese Temple guardians. The group released their second album International Times, later in 1994. This was followed in 1995 by the remix album Interplanetary Meltdown (with contributions from Dreadzone, Lionrock and Youth amongst others) aimed squarely at commercial club play. After a number of tours around Europe and 1997 (and the Psychic Karaoke album), Dubulah and Sparkes left to form Temple Of Sound.

A new TGU line-up emerged in 1998 with the album Rejoice Rejoice partly recorded in Hungary and featuring a number of Hungarian gypsy musicians, plus percussionist Johnny Kalsi from the Dhol Foundation. The group toured Europe supporting Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Atlas then left the group to concentrate on her burgeoning solo career, with which Kasiek and Mantu were already heavily involved as producers. Transglobal Underground subsequently also parted company with Nation Records (who released a compilation album, 1991-1998: Backpacking On The Graves Of Our Ancestors, in 1999).

In 2001 Transglobal Underground released the album Yes Boss Food Corner on Mondo Rhythmica (part of the Ark 21 label),featuring Zulu vocalist Thobekile Doreen Webster (with whom Mantu and Kasiek still work as producers). The seven-piece line-up of this period (including British-born Asian musicians sitarist Sheema Mukherjee and percussionist Gurjit Sihra) played all over the world and toured the USA twice. After the demise of Ark21, Transglobal Underground spent some time working in Egypt, notably with Egyptian vocalist Hakim.

On their return from Egypt, Kasiek and Mantu set up their own Mule Satellite label for their 2005 album Impossible Broadcasting.[4] For the next tour, the live band (now stripped down to a five-piece and with, once more, a more club-based line-up) started playing the UK regularly for the first time in more than six years, turning up regularly at festivals and venues throughout the country. A flurry of studio activity in 2007 resulted in a collaboration with Real World act The Imagined Village (which won a Radio 2 Folk Award), another remix album (Impossible Re-Broadcasts), the release of the seventh Transglobal Underground album (the Radio-3-award-winning Moonshout) and the soundtrack to the film Whatever Lola Wants. The latter two projects were collaborations with Natacha Atlas, who had returned to closer work with the core band. In 2009, Nascente Records released a double CD compilation of the groups entire history to date, under the title 'Run Devils and Demons.'

Towards the end of 2009 Transglobal Underground took a break from their live schedule to work on a new project which was released in May 2010 as an album entitled 'A Gathering of Strangers' under the name U.N.I.T.E. (an acronym of Urban Native Integrated Traditions of Europe). Drawing traditional sources from all across Europe, the album contains performances by artists from the UK, Poland, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Hungary, France and Denmark. Amongst the featured vocalists are Yanka Rupkina, Stuart A Staples of Tindersticks, Jim Moray, and Martin Furey of the High Kings.


Bold numbers indicate peak positions on the UK Albums Chart

  • Dream of 100 Nations, 1993, 45
  • International Times, 1994, 40
  • Psychic Karaoke, 1996, 62
  • Rejoice Rejoice, 1998
  • Yes Boss Food Corner, 2001
  • Impossible Broadcasting, 2004
  • Moonshout, 2007
  • A Gathering of Strangers , 2010
  • The Stone Turntable, 2011

Compilation and Remix Albums

  • Interplanetary Meltdown, 1995 (remix album)
  • Backpacking On The Graves Of Our Ancestors, 1999 (greatest hits album with some new tracks and mixes)
  • Impossible Re-Broadcasting, 2007 (remix album)
  • Run Devils and Demons, 2009 (2 CD compilation of TGU's career)


Trans-Global Underground: A film by Guillaume Dero 2008 (documentary and live recording)


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