Australia Soul Jazz | Emma Donovan – Australia’s Indigenous soul queen

Since the recent release of her debut album Dawn (HopeStreet Recordings), Emma Donovan has played some of Australia’s biggest stages and received praise from around the world. The Indigenous country-turned-soul singer has just launched a brand new website and is hitting the road on Paul Kelly’s Merri Soul Sessions tour with her band The PutBacks.

Emma has a lifetime of musical experience to draw upon. At age 7 she began singing with her grandparents in Australian country/gospel group The Donovans before studying contemporary music in her late teens. As a young adult, Emma added a newfound love of soul, blues and roots to her already rich musical heritage.

Emma’s much-deserved recognition has been catalysed by her recent album with The PutBacks, released November 2014. The 9-track record screams her brutally honest lyrics backed by the bands gritty soul instrumentals. Influence from Aretha Franklin, Sharon Jones and Stax Records can be heard in the songwriting and production. Rolling Stone Magazine rated the album 4 stars and Paul Kelly described her musical relationship with The PutBacks as “sass and kiss, twist and twine like a totally-into-each-other feisty couple. Dawn is the perfect marriage of singer and band.”

To celebrate this feisty relationship, a full production video clip was released for the lead single Dawn starring Tina De Melo & Rhimi Johnson Page. Directed by Natasha Gadd of Daybreak Films, Emma describes Dawn as “some personal stories I needed to share, but from that hard place I ended up in the sweet Dawn – a brand new day".

In addition to her own shows with The PutBacks where they’ve graced the the main stages at WOMADelaie and St Kilda Festivals, to name a few, Emma has also collaborated with many other renowned artists in the past 12 months. She has toured with the Indigenous music, dance and comedy show Blak Cabaret, become a huge part of Declan Kelly’s Diesel N’ Dub showand featured in The Black Arm Band’s Dirtsong show.

Emma Donovan & The PutBacks are currently on tour with Paul Kelly.

See her new website for all the details –

Watch the video for ‘Dawn’ at

“Driven by brutally honest lyricism, irresistible percussion and a purist’s respect for the funk and soul tradition, Dawn hearkens back to the heyday of Stax and Atlantic Recordings” – Karaslamb (Okayplayer)

“Emma Donovan’s undeniable deep soul voice has met its match at last in The Putbacks. They sass and kiss, twist and twine like a totally-into-each-other feisty couple. Dawn is the perfect marriage of singer and band.” – Paul Kelly

“Emma’s voice is everything you’d want in a soul singer. She’s the real deal.” – Francis Devin Rimer (Wax Poetics)

Hau Unleashes New Single Kill.I.Am

With 20 years of writing and performing under his belt (best known as the front man for ARIA award-winning duo, Koolism), Australia’s Hau is building up the release of his debut solo album, with first single ‘Kill.I.Am’.


No stranger to the airwaves, Hau’s prolific career has already seen him provide vocals for huge talents including the Hilltop Hoods, Hermitude, Rodney P and Oddisee, head up the Hip-Hop show on Australia’s leading youth network triple j and launch his solo career with the release of mixtape Football, Feasts & Funerals in 2014.

The first single title off his debut LP The No End Theory, ‘Kill.I.Am’ is inspired by the frontman of a certain multi-platinum selling quartet, and in a sense, his progression from an underground hip-hop head to a mega popstar. Would you dance with the devil in order to experience the taste of success? This is what Hau asks through…

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New Sydney Music: 20syl x Sarsha Simone x Moar – Gonna Do Me (20syl Remix)

20syl(C2C/Hocus Pocus) x
Sarsha Simone x Moar
Premiere Music Video For
‘Gonna Do Me (20syl Remix)’

SoundCloud plays for ‘Gonna Do Me (20syl Remix)’ at over 150,000


Still I Rise Collective & Trad Vibe Records are proud to present the music video for Gonna Do Me (20syl Remix)by Sarsha Simone & Moar, which premiered on Hypetrak on Friday. Music lovers world wide can’t get enough of "Gonna Do Me (20syl Remix)" with 155, 000+ plays since its release on Soundcloud.

Serving as the lead single from the Trad Vibe Records French Evolution compilation, “Gonna Do Me (20syl Remix)” features Australian vocalist Sarsha Simone (formerly Roxie Ray of Dojo Cuts). Written by Sarsha Simone & Moar, the soulful track has been giving an upbeat remix by prolific producer20syl, of C2C/Hocus Pocus. 20syl has put his unique hip hop-tinged electro spin on “Gonna Do Me” to create an empowering, hypnotic head-nodding affair that is too addictive to ignore. The video for the futuristic single is directed by Vassi Dyulgerova and sees the focus on the intriguing Sarsha Simone as she defiantly and playfully proclaims to be true to herself.




ROOFTOP PARTY ON TODAY | MASTERCLASS VOL. 2 feat. Simon Caldwell, Graham Mandroules, Coolhand Luke & more

Rooftop Party on TODAY / Funk, Disco & 90’s Hip Hop vibes Masterclass #2 feat. a stack of Sydney legendary selectors and friends.

Happening today at the roof of the Captain Cook Hotel(Flinders St Darlinghurst)

Line up includes /

Coolhand Luke
Stephen Ferris,
Graham Mandroules,
Simon Caldwell,
Kate Monroe,
Mr Glass,
Robin Knight,
Dj Adverse,
Mickey Morphingaz,
Dj Sing,
MC’s Pat Powell,
Mike Scott,
Rodney O and guests.

So get along for too much fun,

LIVE Afro-beat | The Liberators to play at 505 this Saturday

Our recommendation for some infections party rhythms this weekend,

Sydney afro funk and afro-beat powerhouse THE LIBERATORS will be playing a special live show this Saturday at 505.

LIsten to their new album here |

Inspired by Afrobeat and American Funk, The Liberators are a rock solid outfit typifying the Nigerian Afrobeat sound of 70’s Africa. The Sydney Based 10 piece create a fierce array of super heavy grooves that ensure you are served with some sizzling treats. Continuing on from the success of their self titled debut album and follow up album ‘Power Struggle’ , The Liberators dedication and commitment has resulted in a positive following within Australia and globally with worldwide radio play.Venue
Venue 505
280 Cleveland Street
Surry Hills
Sydney, NSW 2010

More Info / Tix ->


Sydney’s new afro-funk supergroup

Allow us to introduce ourselves… building from the blueprints of 1970’s Nigerian Afrobeat and American Funk and Soul, The Liberators have mixed the ideas from the new generation of African, Latino, European and Ashuri Australians and turned out some seriously heavy and unique grooves and melodies. This 10 piece powerhouse of groove was put together by Dojo Cuts guitarist and producer Nate Goldentone aka Nathan Aust in downtime between gigs and recording. The Liberators are Sydney based and have already rocked some of the best venues this Sydney has to offer, making lots of friends along the way. These vibrations even have bounce across the globe with worldwide radio play.

The Liberators landed on Record Kicks with their self titled debut album in March 2011 wich featured as very special guests Jojo Kuo (ex Fela Kuti / The Daktaris / Antibalas), Roxie Ray(Dojo Cuts), Ray Lugo (Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra) and Afro Moses, while Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra vocalist and percussionist Amayo wrote the liner notes for the album. The album has been well received and suported worldwide including by magazings such us Wax Poetics, Rolling Stone DE and djs such us Craig Charles BBC 6 and Gilles Peterson. In 2013 The Liberators are ready to realease theire awaited follow up album "Power strugle" coming out on Record Kicks next 25 November. With their second album, The Liberators have gone deeper and darker into the polyrhythmic, horn-driven realms of Afrobeat, producing eight weighty songs worthy of fueling any revolution. With a maturing mix of jazz, latin, soul and funk, it’s obvious the sounds of fracturing world events echo throughout the album.

The Liberators produced Power Struggle in Sydney, recording straight to tape in a no-nonsense, no-overdub fashion, capturing the phenomenal vibe of their live shows. Some of these shows have included a roof destroying performances alongside Mulatu Astake and Craig Charles at Russ Dewbury’s legendary Night at the Jazz Rooms. Power Struggle will leave you nodding your head, fist in the air, ready to join the uprising. The Liberators are back, harder and stronger than ever.

" This is soulful, tough, Funky, authentic and a CD that I’m looking forward to really getting to know. I can’t recommend this highly enough". Snowboy (Blues&Soul Magazine)

"I dig it!!"Gilles Peterson (DJ, BBC Radio 1)

"That’s some heavy shit! " – Terry Cole (Colemine Records)

"Soulshaker Vol. 7 packs a powerful modern soul jazz funk Afro punch! And for me personally worth getting for The Liberators alone, Afro shakedown baby!’Pete Isaac (Jelly Jazz)

" The Liberators are tight, right and out of sight!! Funky like a packed train in the summertime!"Ray Lugo (Kokolo, NYC)

“The Liberators are further proof that this music is happening in Australia, right here and now. I’m expecting great things!“Russ Dewbury (The Jazz Rooms)

The Liberators are:
Andrew Samuel – drums
Nathan Aust – guitars / percussion
George Sheridan – bass
Colin Ho – keys
Gio Ruscio – congas / percussion
Michael Gordon – tenor sax
Andrew Symons – baritone sax
Ken Allars – trumpet
Frank Dasent – trombone

NWA’s DJ Yella to play free show TONIGHT at SODA FACTORY’S 2nd Birthday


DJ Yella of NWA set to celebrate with Soda…

It’s official! Surprise international guest – DJ Yella will hit The Soda Factory decks tomorrow night (Wednesday) for the venue’s 2nd birthday party.

Kicking off at 6pm, Graham Cordery and the The Soda Factory team invite y’all for a night of merriment, complimentary cocktails and bites from their diner menu. If you haven’t already RSVP’d please let us know if you can make the celebrations.

Wednesday 25 March, 6pm

The late night Sydney spot celebrates another stellar year!

Don’t believe everything you hear about the terrible twos… The Soda Factory is set to party with no temper tantrums or dummy spits in sight.
On Wednesday 25th March, the Surry Hills venue will once again open its doors, free of charge, to VIPs and the adoring public and friends of the much-loved establishment.

In true Soda style, the cherry on top comes in the form of a surprise international guest DJ Yella – a founding member of the pioneering gangsta rap group NWA and former member of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru along with Dr. Dre.

Get in early as Soda will serve up complimentary cocktails and bites off their American inspired diner menu from 6-8pm.

Bar owner and The Experience Group Director, Graham Cordery says, "reaching two years has been a whirlwind. The time has flown and I feel incredibly blessed that the public still love and support us as much as they did when we first opened. We work hard to keep things fresh and personal, whether it’s via entertainment that you wouldn’t usually see playing in such an intimate environment, or our food and cocktail offerings. Our birthday month will be no different & we have some exciting new things on the way for Year 3."

The Soda Factory’s reputation has been built on their weeknight specials including Movie Mondays, Dollar Dogs Tuesdays, Fat Bubba’s Chicken Wednesday; and late night (3am) trading for the weekends. Thursday through Sunday sees the Surry Hills hotspot host Sydney’s finest musicians and DJs alongside pop-up performances by talent from around the globe.

First opened in 2013, the venue expanded to a full American diner menu in February 2014, following the overwhelming success of their legendary gourmet hotdog menu.

And that won’t be the only thing expanding…

The Experience Group are marking the milestone with another little one on the way – stay tuned for further announcements next Wednesday.

WHERE: The Soda Factory
16A Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Mon – Thurs: 5pm – late
Fri – Sat: 5pm – 3am
Sunday: 6pm – late

GIG NEWS: SOUL OF SYDNEY DJ’s to play all vinyl set at STRICTLY VINYL (Easter Sunday) along with STEELE BONUS & DONNY BENET |

Good news for lovers of wax, SOUL OF SYDNEY DJ’s will be throwing down a rare all vinyl set back to back this Easter Sunday at STRICTLY VINYL along with local legends STEELE BONUS & DONNY BENET.

You can also go here for all the action:




Frankie Knuckles: Choice a collection of Classics | Garage, Funk, Disco, House


Today’s musical treat on right now, we highly recommend this mixed compilation featuring an wonderful collection of seminal GARAGE, DISCO, FUNK and early HOUSE vibes put together by the unmistakable godfather of house, FRANKIE KNUCKLES.

Check it out at for an idea of some of the seminal jams you can expect to hear at our FRANKIE KNUCKLES tribute dance on Sunday April 19.

Join us on Sunday April 19 for our next event, a very special afternoon through down to pay homage to the Godfather of House.

Info –> HERE


A4 FLYER Soul of Sydney Vivid Block Party

Soul Of Sydney presents as part of Vivid Festival 2015

Melbourne Afro-Beat Powerhouse


Sunday May 24 / 1pm  | at as Secret funk oasis (very close to Sydney CBD)

An afternoon of afro inspired FUNK, SOUL, DISCO, BOOGIE, BREAKS & BEYOND.

GET TICKETS from $10, Updated Party Info, Videos and Mix-tapes 


Live Music & DJ’s | Sunday Afternoon / Evening Party |  Live Soul Train & Dance Showcases | Live Hair Braiding & more

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Sydney Warehouse Party | Paradise Lost Dance Disco Heat on THIS Saturday | 21 March


Paradise Lost, the undisputed dons of Sydney’s disco warehouse party scene are back for the March installment of their infamous late night jams. Kicking off This Saturday from 10pm at a secret inner city warehouse space.


Check out some of the deep disco sounds you can expect HERE