Morten Mabunda Lindberg (23 September 1965 – 26 March 2019), also known as "Master Fatman", was a Danish media personality and creative persona with a most diverse engagement, including comedian, performer, disc jockey, host, musician, singer, film maker, actor, and benefactor. In 2010, Lindberg married Herminia Mabunda from Mozambique and adopted her surname. He had five children.
Morten Mabunda Lindberg
Lindberg in 2007
|Died||26 March 2019(aged 53)|
|Occupation||Media personality, musician, singer, comedian, disc jockey, film director, etc.|
Lindberg died unexpectedly on 26 March 2019, aged 53.
Lindberg was involved with underground performance art and entertainment for many years. His stage name "Master Fatman" was first chosen during a performance of his in March 1987, attempting to channel and incarnate Liberace's soul into his body. Lindberg used other stage names and alter egos, but Master Fatman eventually emerged as the most popular one.
Lindberg had a very broad range of interests and engaged with magazine writing, publishing and editing, theatre, film, tv, radio and music, usually with a good deal of humour and subtle irony, but also out of genuine artistic interest and curiosity, and an urge for creative expression. In the early 90's, he took up an interest in acting and film making, and among his first engagements was the lowbudget short film Gayniggers from Outer Space, which later obtained a cult status. This was the first and only time Lindberg tried his hands with film directing, but he continued his film interest with acting roles and writing. In 1993, after travelling in India, Lindberg started the political party "Det Kosmiske Parti" (The Cosmic Party) and participated in the Copenhagen municipal elections as the love preaching self-styled guru Tykmesteren the following year, another stage name of his. Although close to being elected, he didn't make it, but kept evolving the cosmic guru role and was associated with it ever after. Through the later half of the 90's and early 2000's, he edited and wrote for the underground magazine "Magasin Schäfer" along with Danish writers Martin Kongstad and Henrik List.
Master Fatman participated in the Danish Eurovison contest of 1995 with his song "Jordisk Kærlighed" (Earthly Love), but didn't win. In 2006, also as Master Fatman, he competed in the third season of the dance contest Vild med dans on TV2, wearing several eye-catching costumes, including an Elvis outfit.
Lindberg travelled widely to experience the cultures of the world and he developed particularly strong ties to India, Brazil, Mozambique (and Africa in general), and France. In Brazil, where he lived for extended periods, his social indignation and concern was aroused after experiencing the Brazilian favelas and seeing how rough life was there. As a response, Lindberg eventually set up and sponsored orphanages and humanitarian child care projects in Brazil, among other engagements. With his African wife, Lindberg owned a second home in Mozambique.
As a musician, Lindberg participated in numerous projects and bands, both as an instrumentalist and a singer. Projects and bands that he has been in include: Master Fatman and his Freedom Fighters, Master Fatman Guru Orchestra, Lindberg Hemmer Foundation, Nature TM and Per Kristensen Band. Most of the bands that Lindberg was involved with were out of the mainstream and only modestly popular. The musical styles was broadranging, from punk, growling and heavy metal to instrumental jazz, disco and easy listening.
Lindberg had a very broad range of musical interests, and was an avid jazz lover, in particular the Brazilian Bossa-style jazz, and he ran his own jazz program for several years on the Danish Radio (DR). He was also a frequent host at various Danish jazz events and shows.
Food, especially vegetarian food, had Lindbergs interest throughout most of his life. He was himself a vegetarian since his early twenties, and he hosted several tv-programs about food and cooking for the Danish National TV DR. In his radio show Croque Monsieur at Radio24syv he explored and mediated his love for the French cuisine, in particular his love for cheese and cakes, and followed it up with a cookbook in 2017.
Lindbergs image as a fat man, was a deliberate act of his, and started out as a counterreaction to all the weight loss diets and popular ideals of being slim in the 1980s. He increased his cake consumption and drank cream and ate raw bacon as part of stage acts. Soon, a significant weight gain was achieved and it became part of his public image. Lindberg sought happiness and cosmic love, not material virtues, and to him being slim, simply didn't look good for men.
Some of Lindberg's music has only been released on cassettes or in very limited numbers (records and cds) in underground circles. The list of substantial albums and widely circulated releases includes:
- Master Fatman and his Freedom Fighters (1991): "Hail Hail"
- Per Kristensen Band (1995): "Så Er Festen Forbi"
- Lindberg Hemmer Foundation (1996): "Scandinavian supermarket-music at its very best"
- Lindberg Hemmer Foundation (2001): "Brazilian Architecture"
As Master Fatman, Lindberg also released a number of singles, covering disco hits from the 1970's.
- Torben Eschen (1992): "Ja, jeg tror jeg er en reinkarnation af Bobby Ewing fra Dallas : Master Fatmans livshistorie", Borgen (in Danish)
- David Pepe Birch (2011): "Master Fatman", Lindhardt og Ringhof (in Danish)
- Marie Holm & Morten Lindberg (2017): "Croque Monsieur", People´sPress (in Danish)
French cooking from Lindberg's radio program Croque Monsieur.
- Annelise Pedersen (18 April 2010). "Pludselig lå vi på sofaen" (in Danish). Ekstra Bladet. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
- Journalist, Johan Varning Bendtsen (2019-03-26). "Master Fatman er død". Politiken (in Danish). Retrieved 2019-03-26.
- David Pepe Birch (29 March 2019). "Master Fatman var meget mere end bakkenbarter og disko. Det lærte jeg, da jeg skrev hans biografi" (in Danish). Zetland. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
- Ivan Riordan Boll (27 March 2019). "Tykmesteren er her ikke mere" (in Danish). Information. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
- "Master Fatman ja Homoneekerit ulkoavaruudesta". Elitisti (in Finnish). Retrieved 2006-12-29.
- "Sæsonopdatering". TV 2 (in Danish). Retrieved 2007-01-02.
- Tonie Yde Mørch (1 January 2005). "Fatmans fornemmelse for fred" [Fatmans sense of peace] (in Danish). Berlingske. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
- "Smagen af Danmark" (in Danish). Danmarks Radio, DR K. 28 November 2018. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
- Kristian Ejlebæk Nielsen (11 May 2018). "Master Fatman spiste fugleunger i Laos, men holder sig ellers til grønt" [Master Fatman ate baby birds in Laos, but otherwise keeps to his greens] (in Danish). Vice Denmark. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
- "Opskrifter fra Croque Monsieur" (in Danish). Radio24syv. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
- See "Master Fatman" (2011).
- Sebastian Abrahamsen (19 September 2013). "Master Fatman: 'Det handler også om, hvordan vi har det indeni'" [Master Fatman: 'It's also about how we feel inside'] (in Danish). Information. Retrieved 6 April 2019.