|Origin||East London, England|
|Genres||Alternative, dub, hip-hop, electronica, acid house, techno, trance, funk, dance music|
|Labels||Rhythm King Records,
|Past members||Haroon Shamsher (1983-1999)|
Joi is a British alternative dub/dance music DJ team of Bangladeshi origin, originally composed of London brothers Farook and Haroon Shamsher. Haroon died at the turn of the century, and the remaining brother has continued Joi alone.
Joi were brothers Farook and Haroon Shamsher, born to a Bangladeshi father and an Indian mother their passion for music developed at a young age as their father was an musician, a flute player. Joi was formed, originally working under the banners ‘League Of Joi Bangla Youth Organisation’ and ‘Joi Bangla,’ a collective set up in 1983 to promote Bengali culture to kids in their local area East London. Fusing Asian influences with Western beats were fusing the sounds of traditional Bengali music with hip-hop and contemporary dance styles.
Studio and performance
Catching the attention of Peter Gabriel, during a set at World of Music, Arts and Dance in 1996, Joi signed to his Real World label the following year, leading to the release of their debut album, “One And One Is One” in the UK in March 1999. Later that year, Haroon died unexpectedly of a heart-attack on 8 July 1999 at the age of 34.
In between working in the studio, Joi had been taking their sound system to clubs around London, as well as supporting Spiritualised on their '98 British tour. Their sound system helped promote their fusion ethic regardless of trends within the music industry. Over the years the duo worked with various other artists and DJs, including Asian Dub Foundation, Athletico, Mixmaster Morris, Plaid and Spring Heel Jack.
The Joi Sound System has played at clubs and gigs like The End, The Complex, Return To The Source, and the Ministry of Sound. Joi also developed a live act and put on a full live show - incorporating sitar, guitar, tablas, and vocals by Susheela Raman, performed at such events such as Tribal Gathering, Whirl-Y-Gig, World of Music, Arts and Dance, Big Chill, Wembley Conference Centre, Swaraj as well as others around Europe taking them as far afield as Bucharest, Rome, Madrid and Geneva. They also performed live radio sessions with Andy Kershaw (Radio 1), XFM and Greater London Radio.
|1993||Desert Storm||Single Of The Week||NME magazine||Won|
|1999||One and One is One||BBC||Asian Music Award||Won|
|2006||Farook Shamsher||UK Asian Music Awards||“Commitment to Scene”||Won|
|1988||Taj Mahouse||BPM Records|
|1996||Spiritual Get-Together||ZYX Music|
|1998||Fingers||Real World Records|
|2001||Deep Asian Vibes|
|1999||One and One is One||Real World Records|
|2000||We Are Three|
Collaborations and contributions
|1997||Goddess||Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan||Eastern Uprising||Sony|
|India||Various Artists||Global Explorer||Zip Dog|
|1998||Sweet Pain||Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan||Star Rise||Real World Records|
|Shanti||Various Artists||Further East-Westercisms||Law And Auder|
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