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Transglobal Underground sometimes written as Trans-Global Underground is an English electro-world music group, specializing in a fusion of westernAsian Dream - Various - Global Underground African music styles sometimes labelled world fusion and ethno techno. Their first four albums featured Natacha Atlas as lead singer and their single "Temple Head" was used in a Coca-Cola advertising campaign for the Olympic Games.
Although Transglobal Underground has always had a fluid line-up, the two core members of the group are Tim Whelan keyboards, guitar, flute, melodicaprogramming, vocals and Hamilton Lee percussion, drums, keyboards, programming. Throughout the group's history, Whelan and Lee have deliberately clouded their identities Dream - Various - Global Underground multiple pseudonyms and obscure credits - Whelan generally operating under the alias of "Alex Kasiek" and Lee under the alias of "Hamid Mantu" also "Hamid Man Tu".
Artists who have made guest appearances on TGU albums include: . 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 Dream - Various - Global Underground 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 Dream - Various - Global Underground Chinese yangqin zither.
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. 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 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 label, however, declined to release the album,  which eventually saw the light of day on the Nation label in as Dream of 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 Timeslater in This was followed in by the remix album Interplanetary Meltdown with contributions from DreadzoneLionrock and Youth amongst others aimed squarely at commercial club play.
A new TGU line-up emerged in with the album Rejoice Dream - Various - Global Underground partly recorded in Hungary and featuring a number of Hungarian gypsy musicians, plus percussionist Johnny Kalsi from the Dhol Foundation.
Atlas then left the group to concentrate on her burgeoning solo career, with which Kasiek and Mantu were already heavily involved as producers. In Transglobal Underground released the album Yes Boss Food Corner Dream - Various - Global Underground Mondo Rhythmica part of the Ark 21 labelfeaturing Zulu vocalist Thobekile Doreen Webster with whom, outside the band, Mantu and Kasiek would continue to work as producers until her death in 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. A flurry of studio activity in resulted in a collaboration with Real World act The Imagined Village which won a Radio 2 Folk Awardanother remix album Impossible Re-Broadcaststhe release of the seventh Transglobal Underground album the Radioaward-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 Black Beauty (LEEX Tropical Mix) - Various - Hed Kandi: Tropical House. InNascente Records released a double CD compilation of the group's entire history to date, under the title 'Run Devils and Demons.
Towards the end of Transglobal Underground took a break from their live schedule to work on a new project which was released in May as an album entitled 'A Gathering of Strangers' under the name U. Transglobal Underground's next major project was with the River of Music festival in London, for which they put together a group consisting of artists from all the Arabic Persian Gulf nations. In it was announced that Transglobal Underground would release their first record for a label other than Mule Satellite sincea collaboration with Albanian brass band Fanfara Tirana.
The album, entitled 'Kabatronics' was put out on the World Village label, a subsidiary of Harmonia Mundi. Bold numbers Dream - Various - Global Underground peak positions on the UK Albums Chart . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help Icebergs Are For Penguins - Sail By The Stars - A Sunshine State Of Mind this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
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