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Saifullah “Sam” Zaman (16 April 1965 – 19 May 2015), also known by the stage name State of Bengal, was a British DJ and music producer of Bangladesh descent associated with the UK and movement.

Zaman was born in Karachi, Pakistan and lived in Ankara, Amman, and Dhaka before moving in London, England at the age of eight.

In 1987, Zaman set up the State of Bengal group in London after a visit to Noakhali, Bangladesh, where he interacted with traditional folk musicians and dancers. Original members of the group included his brother Deedar Zaman (later associated with the Asian Dub Foundation), and MC Mustaq (lead rapper for Fun-Da-Mental). Outside of the State of Bengal project, Zaman also worked with British Asian youth groups, setting up music training workshops. After working in a variety of communities from across the country, they founded a record company called Betelnut Productions.

State of Bengal was a DJ at the Anokha club in London’ East End during the mid-1990s. His tracks “Flight IC408” and “Chittagong Chill” – written and produced with Matt Mars – were featured on Anokha – Soundz of the Asian Underground compilation, and helped him gain prominence. Singer Björk discovered his work at Anokha; he opened with the homeogenic world tour, and remix her track “Hunter” after hearing the original “Hunter” by State of Bengal in September 1996, thereby signing to the One Little Indian record label.


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  • chewtoy

    So sad to hear the news! R.I.P. Sam.

    28 Jun 7:03am Reply
  • rockopa53

    State of the art and 5 years without shout. Came back in 2019 ...

    31 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Saharara

    this sent shivers of appreciation 'all over' Beautiful...

    29 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Rickbischoff

    ___ADDing_ tO_ plAYlist______________________

    8 Apr 2009 Reply
  • gimmigen

    rin-da-rim-da-dan--- --- --- ----

    23 Mar 2009 Reply
  • VinceMillett

    Saw him at Eastatic recently.....wikkid!

    3 Aug 2008 Reply
  • beefdog

    Rama rocks!

    15 May 2007 Reply
  • jvglion

    Zaman is a genius. Flight IC408 is and forever will be on my playlist when I travel. It just gets me in the flying mood...

    14 Sep 2006 Reply

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