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As one of the most consistently political of British musicians in the last two decades its something of an embarassment that he is amongst the many hundreds of political artists that did not appear on the pages of Agit Disco. However although he’s political his music of often only obliquely political and he’s certainly part of the celebrity establishment even if he stands in the left field. His music possibly doesn’t appear so oblique to British Asians and other immigrants as immigration has been a consistent theme.

His last album ‘Last Days of Meaning’ is a set of social commentaries narrated by John Hurt.

He describes a previous album that brings together many celebrity guests: “London Undersound is about how London’s changed since 9/11 and how I and other people perceive that change.”

Sawhney is currently putting out a four part programme for Radio 2 on some of his sources of musical inspiration – from John Lee Hooker to Afrika’s Ali Farka Toure. Its available on BBC iPlayer so you can catch the last 2 programmes at least.


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