TONIGHT: Keyim Ba (West African Funk) live at 505 | Friday 30th Oct 2015. | Afro-Beat


AUSTRALIA has a new West African band capable of holding its own on the world stage…. – Tony Hillier, The Australian

With a rhythm section born in West Africa, this brilliant 8 piece band has an intoxicating upbeat sound, bringing the influences of reggae, funk and rap to West African grooves. Led by the ever charismatic, Sibo Bangoura from Guinea, the group has enormous energy, giving tradition a modern twist that never fails to fill the dance floor.

KEYIM BA brings together several of Australia’s best West African musicians, taking audiences on an exciting musical journey, celebrating a vibrant and colourful culture.

Working on new album with a fresh new funky lineup, Keyim Ba continues to wow audiences all around the country.

Keyim Ba is sensational…an Afro-Australian treasure. – Lloyd Bradford Syke

The Djembe powerhouse, Sibo Bangoura (Guinea), is joined by celebrated Senegalese percussionist Yacou MBaye (Senegal) on Doun Doun, Talking Drum, Sabar & Congas; Jon Pease (Dereb the Ambassador) on lead guitar and Tina Harris on bass. Joined also by well known Sydney musician Blair Greenberg on guitar, Calvin Welsh on drum kit and the captivating vocals of powerful soul singer Paula Baxter (Ghana) with Rachel Bangoura on the dance floor completing the picture.

Check out Keyim Ba



New Melbourne Soul Music: EMRSN – Down (Prod. By Jarreau Vandal)

A few weeks back we were lucky enough to catch Melbourne’s Future Soul artist EMRSN live a when he was performing before TUXEDO & honestly, we were totally blown away by the richness of his vocals and the warmth of the production from the second we heard his sound.

We are continually in awe of the amount of the world class Australian artists who are really flying the flag for our scene. EMRSN is one of the new breed of local Future Soul acts we very much recommend you check out.

His latest releases “Down” sees EMRSN join forces with Jarreau Vandal – producer for international music collective Soulection.  Teeming with his soulful vocals and dance floor feeling this is without doubt a jam you will hear us dropping in mixes and live sets.

“Down” is taken from EMRSN’s forthcoming debut album “TMRW” scheduled for release in early 2016.

Look out for more from him below/

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THANK YOU from everyone involved in SOUL POWER !

Massive L.O.V.E to everybody who made it down to yesterdays SOUL POWER party & helped make it such an unforgettable afternoon.

That was honestly one of the most rewarding events we have ever been part of! It was so nice to see such an wonderful cultural mix of people old & young just getting down and enjoying REAL SOUL based MUSIC in all its forms.

Yesterday’s event was a massive collaboration with local Artists, DJ’s, MC’s, MUSICIANS & PARTY CREWS in the SOUL, FUNK, HIP HOP & RnB scene who came together to shine a bit of positive light on our scene and home-grown talent.

Individual shout out to the A TEAM behind the scenes who got together to get make it all from in only a week’s time. That was some kind of SUPER HUMAN EFFORT & one everyone should be extremely proud of. I think it really needs to be noted how much time and effort these guys put in & how much pressure everyone had to deal with to help put this jam together in basically a weeks time. Sending an extra specia shout out to SHAN FRENZIE (Groove Therapy Radio) JC & Funkdafied family, DJ ADVERSE The Groove Dealers, KRYSTEL DIOLA Behind The Front for driving this baby like TRUE FUNK SOLDIERS doing it STRICTLY FOR THE LOVE and strictly for Sydney’s music heads.

Looking back now to last week when all the ideas for this were all coming together, I get the feeling everyone involved behind the scenes knew this was going to be something special. Within a couple of hours after soulfest was cancelled a host of DJ’s, Artists and MC’s were right on it in, coming together as a mini crisis committee to try and get something together for the people. Everyone was looped into a massive Facebook conversation with a basic idea to try and do something to fill the void and include some of the artists who were supposed to perform at the festival & a few we believed really needed to be part of this.

In only a couple of hours, Ideas were rolling through thick and fast, I know on our part, it was starting to feel like it was our duty to try and help get something going. I personally felt we had to try to make it something with a real point of difference. something with a live music element & something we believed would bring different scenes together on a dance floor, and something put in place that had room to grow if we wanted to do again in the future. We really did not have the finer details finalised but I know everyone similar ideas for the overall direction of a event & looking back now it is amazing just how much ground was actually covered & how quick and how well it all came together.

There seemed to be many people hurting & many people who were heading to Sydney from out of town who needed something to do.

The response was PHENOMENAL from the second it was announced last Saturday and really hit home how well the local scene does support when things are done right & how much of a need there was for this. Much respect to you all for coming out believing in the idea and being such a massive part of its success.

We also have to give props to the legends who looked after the music & the vibe on the day, this city is so blessed to have SO MUCH amazing word class talent and it was an absolute grateful to see you all working you magic yesterday.

Be sure to follow these LOCAL LEGENDS and give them love online, support their gigs and buy them a beer when you see them out, they really are the HEART & SOUL of Sydney’s music scene and deserve all the admiration for their hardwork shaping our cities musical landscape.

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The Groove Dealers | MAKOTO & DJ ADVERSE & the crew
JC & the Funkdafied massive | (
THE Soul Patrol DANCERS | Megan, Ayesha & Zeina
Thandi Phoenix, YANYA, DAN RIVERS
MATTY BOY of Audio 4 Events and ROLY ELIAS on the sound desk all day.

Also have to send an heartfelt thanks to the Sarah and everyone at theVic on the Park Hotel for getting on board and giving us that amazing venue and supporting the idea like true legends.

We also need to thank Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream & Baklava and Manoosh Pizzeria & King Street Newtown for putting up with the sugar fueled post SOUL POWER shenanigans for 3 hours 🙂

Australian Northern Soul Weekender 2015


It’s A Good Good Feeling!

Few events on the Northern Soul calendar in Australia can compete with the Australian National Northern Soul Weekender. Now in its 18th year, the bar is set to be raised even higher when the “Nash” comes to Sydney in October.

This year, Australia’s Northern Soul community will converge on the Emerald City, with DJs spinning rare soul vinyl over four unforgettable nights. Expect a huge crowd of passionate dedicated soulies from all over Australia and Sydney, as the National Weekender lifts the lid on the personal collections of Australia’s best Northern Soul DJs, who will no doubt play well-known favourites and as well as unearthed gems that the Northern Soul scene is so famous for breaking. There will be 60s stompers, Philly Soul classics and Modern Soul rarities – no Soul stone will remain unturned at the National Weekender.

Your weekend starts at the Hollywood Hotel in Surry Hills on Thursday 22nd October from 6pm onwards for the traditional “meet and greet”, where local Sydney DJs will provide the soundtrack in preparation for the nights to follow.

On Friday 23rd October and Saturday 24th October, between 7 pm – 3 am on both nights, the place to be will be The Manning Bar at Sydney University, with the main 60s Northern Soul floor and the alternative room featuring R ‘n’ B, Crossover and Modern Soul so cater for all tastes, both with wooden dance floors.

The weekender ends with an all-dayer on Sunday 25th October from 2 pm – 12 am at the iconic Bondi Pavilion, overlooking the very famous Bondi Beach also equipped with a sprung wooden dance floor.

For the curious and potentially uninitiated, Northern Soul was originally an underground music scene that emerged independently in the north of England in the 1960s. It was spawned by a shared love for the best of American Soul music, particularly the recordings of lesser-known artists, released in limited number by small regional American record labels. The heavy beats, fast tempo and amazing vocals of these soul records drew thousands of dancers, aficionados and record collectors to Northern Soul clubs in the 1970s. Venues such as Golden Torch, Wigan Casino and Blackpool Mecca, amongst others, became famous for unearthing rare Soul records and creating a scene where a signature dance and dress style set the Soul scene apart from the mainstream. The Northern Soul scene is as healthy as it ever was, with Northern Soul nights now happening all over the world. The scene enjoys a loyal following across Australia, where regular local soul nights held in many Australian states, as well as local soul radio shows, continue the traditions started in those now famous clubs.

So whether you hail from Wigan, Bondi or Oodnadatta, if you love nothing more than to listen to (and dance to) fantastic rare soul records and to hang out with friendly like-minded people, the 18th Australian National Northern Soul Weekender in Sydney in October is your recommended destination.


LIVE SOUL, JAZZ & HIP HOP VIBES | Soul on 22 feat. YUM YUM (live) Art by Mayada + DJ sets by Makoto & Cman |


LIVE SOUL JAZZ + HIP HOP vibes: Our good friends Sistas with Soul have just announced a very special special live showcase by YUM YUM and DJ sets by DJ MAKOTO & DJ CMAN for their November installment of SOUL ON 22. With a music based art exhibit featuring the word of MAYADA.

Sunday Night Live Soul, Jazz & Hip Hop Vibes – Intimate Party Space – Food + Art.


On November 1st, SOUL ON 22 will be featuring live music, art from local artists and a southern style menu that will comfort your taste-buds and soothe your soul.

We are thrilled to have Sydney’s very own Yum Yum performing on 1st November 2015. The soul group is made up of vocalist Natalie Slade, producer Jayo Jamesand drummer Preston Peachey, who draw their influence from Jazz, Hip Hop, Delta Blues and Dub. Natalie’s jazzy, soulful vocals are tranquilizing and lyrics unforgettable. Her strong range is impressively paired with an eclectic fusion of Hip Hop, Soul, Funk and Electro music. Jayo has had a steady fed diet of soul and funk vinyl from a young age with a foundation influenced by the ideas and techniques of the great Dub engineers, and motivated by Hip Hop’s innovative and raw skills style.

Our special guest DJ Makoto will be spinning the most enticing selections of Hip-Hop, Soul, Funk, Latin & Jazz guaranteed to make you dance. Known as one of Sydney’s best Funk & Soul DJs, Makoto has shared the stage with Talib Kweli and DJ Muro, as well as touring Osaka with various Japanese funk bands. Makoto will be joined by our resident spinner, the one and only DJ CMAN. Cman’s unique sets and rare gems never disappoint!
Soul on 22 will also be showcasing art by the talented

Mayada_84. Mayada is a self-taught artist who recreates strikingly lifelike drawings of some of our favourite hip-hop & soul artists. We are so fortunate and proud to show off her at our next event.
Stay tuned for announcements on more guests who will be gracing our event with their musical talent. Bookings are essential as spaces are limited.

SOUL POWER AFTERNOON PARTY: Sat Oct 24 – Free Party – Kid Friendly Vibes at Vic on The Park Hotel – Carpark | LOCAL FUNK DJ’s, Crate Diggers + Musicians throwdown

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​For everyone who has been getting in touch and who were heading to Sydney from out of town, this is definitely our recommendation for the weekend.

A hosted of local musicians, DJ’S and crate diggers friends of ours have all come together to play some cuts and put on a bit of a party this Saturday at VIC ON THE PARK HOTEL CARPARK. (2 Addison rd Enmore)

It is a massive line up and shaping to be a very special day of music, particular if you are into Soul and Funk based sounds.

Free Party – Kid Friendly Vibes – Open Air throw down from 12pm till 7pm – Live Music + DJ’s

Sydney line up includes;

SOUL OF SYDNEY DJ’S & friends.

LIVE MIX | PHIL TOKE (Soul of Sydney) Live at Soul of Sydney Reunion Picnic 2015 | Bondi Board Riders Closing Party + Bondi Beach Radio broadcast.


Here is a little live mix we did which literally was a grass roots movement. Last Sundays recording from PHIL TOKE closing out the BONDI BOARD RIDERS closing part as part of BONDI BEACH RADIO’S live broadcast and SOUL OF SYDNEY REUNION PICNIC.

Timless music, smiling faces and picturesque views.

60 mins of salt water inspired funk, soul and disco vibes

MIXTAPE: LOCAL LOVE: A guide to Neo-Soul, Jazz & Hip Hop inspired gems from the Sydney Underground.

With so many people disillusioned out after yesterdays announcement that Soulfest was is cancelled we through the time was right to get the ball rolling a new podcast series that we have been, collecting music for over the last couple of months.

Here is our collection of some of the NEO-SOUL, HIP HOP & JAZZ inspired gems, which have been catching our ear from Sydney and Australia.

Sit back and enjoy the mix, and be grateful for some of the amazing local talent we have been blessed to have in this city. It includes the likes of local PRODUCERS, BEAT-MAKERS & ARTISTS such as;

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THANK YOU SOUL FUNK FAMILY! What an amazing reunion picnic


TAKE A BOW SYDNEY SOUL FUNK FAMILY! That was one amazing afternoon of GOOD VIBES !

Massive love to all the DJ’s, Dancers and DISCO heads who made it down today, that was such a beautiful day.

Our inbox is honestly full of LOVE, so many messages from people who were MOVED by the MUSIC today.

That was something extraordinary today, such a positive VIBE. It was such an amazing thing to witness from behind the decks. Nothing but smiles, good vibes & POSITIVE PEOPLE just DANCING IN THE KEY OF LIFE enjoying the POWER of FEEL-GOOD MUSIC and an amazing setting. It was so special seeing such a cultural mix of people of all ages just GETTING DOWN, bonded together as ONE !

Looking back now, It really was a special one for us. We started out doing these free kid friendly park jams on Sunday afternoons close to four years ago, so it was SO GOOD to be able to get things going out doors all over again for our reunion and do something that is kid friendly, and see people respond so well to the ideas.

Special shout out to the legends at BONDI BOARDRIDERS who were good enough to let us host their closing party, as well as our family over at BONDI BEACH RADIO for making it all happen.

We also have to give some MASSIVE PROPS TO THE DJ’s for putting on a lesson in body rocking all afternoon. It was so good to see each bringing your own brand of FEEL-GOOD party vibes & a pleasure to witness SYDNEY’S PROFESSIONAL BODY MOVERS pushing everything from; AFRO-BEAT, LATIN RHYTHMS, SOUL, FUNK & classic hands in the year DISCO to close it out.

The DJ’s really are the HEART & SOUL of these parties & we thank you all for making us look so good.

They are some of Sydney’s professional body movers at the top of their game whose musical ideals hard work and talent have been shaping a cities dance floors for years.

Massive respect to these local legends for DJing yesterday,

BENNY HINN (PLAY BAR & Bondi Beach Radio)
MK1 (Universal Zulu Nation Australia, Bondi Beach Radio)
EDSEVEN (Lioness Presents)
DJ ADVERSE (The Groove Dealers)
DJ PHIL TOKE ( Soul Of Sydney & Spirit Of House)

Be sure to look out for these cats and support you local DJ & give these guys some love online and check them out for dope mixtapes, gigs and radio spots.

We also need to mention the SOUL PATROL DANCER family who were working their magic and keeping things funky with the LIMBO on the dance floor yesterday and doing their bit for world peace by bringing people together on the dance floor like TRUE FUNK SOLDIERS !


For everyone who has been asking YES we are doing more jams over summer, we are looking at taking it right back to our roots with some smaller invite only jams for our friends and family, happening in venues as well as in some park spaces.

Be sure to stay close, as we will be keeping it tight for friends and family just to be sure, things are nice and personal.

★ Add us for updated on our next secret jams, warehouse parties, park jams & events.


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SUPPORT SYDNEY RADIO: Donate for Eastside Radio – Transmitter Upgrade Works

SUPPORT SYDNEY RADIO: The legends over at ‪#‎eastsideradio‬ are currently running a kickstarter campaign to help raise much-needed funds so they can undergo essential transmitter upgrade.

They require $30,000 and will need all the support they can get for Sydney’s music loving community.

They have been a massive source of inspiration, education and support for us personally as DJ’s and Music lovers as well as with our Soul of Sydney events and project.

Please dig deep and help support one of grass roots Sydney’s community radio stations who have been supporting local music scene for generations.


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