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Heart Attack
July 8, 1999
Age 33  
 
Haroon Shamsher  
Haroon Shamsher 
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  Haroon Shamsher of Joi Dead from Heart Attack
  
  Haroon Shamsher, one-half of the exotic British dub duo Joi, died last week (July 8) of a heart 
  attack at the age of 33 following a weeklong illness. Haroon and brother Farook Shamsher were 
  pioneers in England's Asian underground scene, combining Indian and Pakistani music with dub 
  and drum 'n' bass. Their debut album, One and One Is One, was released earlier this year, and 
  they had just completed their first U.S. tour. ~AMG news
 
 
     
  
    
  
 
 
       
 

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 Not to be confused with the R&B-influenced American songstress of the same name, Joi is a 
 London dance duo with roots in the fertile Asian underground scene that has produced the likes of 
 Talvin Singh, the Asian Dub Foundation, and TransGlobal Underground. Haroon and Farook 
 Shamsher draw mostly on Indian music for their melodies, blending in dub basslines and drum'n'bass breakbeats. The duo remixed a track for the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan tribute album Star Rise: Remixes in 1998; their debut album, One and One Is One, was released in early 1999. -- Steve Huey, All-Music Guide 


    Joi are Farook and Haroon, two young Bengalis raised in London's East End, whose 
    musical careers started in the pioneering Joi Bangla sound system which grew out of 
    the Bangladesh youth movement. They have since progressed to DJ'ing and writing 
    and recording their own music, developing one of the most exciting new musical styles 
    of recent years. Their unique fusion of western dance and hip hop with traditional 
    Asian forms produces tracks which vary from sublime break-beat workouts to 
    experimental techno numbers and mystical instrumentals. This talent for original fusion 
    was powerfully demonstrated on their first major vinyl outing 'Desert Storm'. It earned 
    them Single Of The Week status in the NME where the reviewer described it as "one 
    of the most inventive dance records ever made." The world of Joi could originally be 
    experienced at the club night which Farook and Haroon ran weekly at London's Bass 
    Clef (now the Blue Note). Attracting loads of attention and attendance from the 
    media and from Joi's contemporaries in the world of dance music, the club pulled a 
    crowd as diverse as the elements in their sound. Since completing their last stint at 
    The Blue Note, Joi have spent a lot of time in the studio working on new material and 
    they've been doing various DAT/DJ sessions at clubs and parties around London. 
    These sound system sets allow Joi to mix up DATs with vinyl and feature on-line 
    sampling and live percussion from Bongo Paul. All the DATs played are exclusives of 
    their own stuff - the sound system format allowing them to mix up established Joi 
    tunes with new ones hot out of the studio. The Joi Sound System has torn it up at 
    clubs and gigs like The End, Megatripolis, The Complex, Return To The Source, 
    Whirl-Y-Gig and the Ministry of Sound. They currently run a monthly system party at 
    the Dog Star in Brixton (which has people dancing on the tables every time!), and 
    their own weekly, 'Mela', with special guests including Spring Heel Jack and DJ Mimi 
    from XFM as well as award winning regular, DJ Clifford. In addition to these system 
    sets Joi also put on a full live show, incorporating sitar, guitar, tablas and vocals, 
    which they've done with great success at events such as Womad, Lambeth Mela and 
    their recent club night at the 333 club on Hoxton Square. Recordings wise, their most 
    recent single, the 'Bangladesh EP', was released on Nation Records to a wealth of 
    critical acclaim. It's the sound of Joi seeking inspiration from their homeland - an 
    ongoing search which lends a unique Eastern feel to their acid-tinged, tabla-led 
    break-beats. The EP helped to earn them sessions with both Andy Kershaw (Radio 1) 
    and GLR . They've followed these sessions with kicking live sets recently at the likes 
    of Athletico (at the Blue Note) and a storming live show at Tribal Gathering '97. Joi 
    have just done a rocking mix of a classic Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan track, 'Sweet Pain'. 
    which is the lead track on the tribute album, 'Star Rise' (released 20/10/97 on Real 
    World Records). They have also recently remixed a Trickbaby single, 'Milky' (on Logic 
    Records), and have got a tune out on the Sony 'Eastern Uprising' compilation. Other 
    plans for the near future include releasing a new single, completing tracks for their 
    debut album and organising more club nights in the near future. No rest for the 
    wicked! 'Set yourself free with the spirit of Joi' ~from official site
 
 
 
  
 
 

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