Reggae, Roots & Afro-Colombian Funk: The Sounds of Sydney’s 9-piece Latin funk powerhouse Watussi
This is a little podcast we put together some of the amazing studio work our April 6 headliners, WATUSSI. It’s only a small sample of the infectious grooves the band has become so well known for.
From Reggae, Roots to straight Afro-Latin fire, this podcast is only a small taste of what you can expect from our special guests for this Sundays Soul of Sydney jam as WATUSSI play a rare set just before they head to to Byron Bay for this years Bluesfest
With their explosive melting pot of Afrobeat, Reggae, Hip-Hop and Dancefloor jazz, 10-piece ensemble THE STRIDES has already won over a steadfast following in Australia. After a lengthy series of gigs that includes supporting afrobeat legend Tony Allen and becoming a headline act at both the Bellingen Global Carnival and Peats Ridge Festival, this dynamic outfit is ready to launch its new album “Reclamation” on Record Kicks. With a heavy rhythm section and a powerful 3-piece horn section, The Strides deliver a captivating blend of funky afrobeat, roots reggae, hip hop grooves, dubbed out beats, and hypnotic rhythms.
Featuring vocals by reggae master Ras Roni from Trinidad via London and rising hip hop star from Fiji MC Lil Gzeus (Little Jesus) over the super skanky, infectious, horn-heavy grooves of the band, “Reclamation” perfectly showcases the mighty force of The Strides’ innovative sound. From afrobeat-infused instrumental romps such as “Umbi Gumbi” and “Well Hung Parliament” to hip hop stormers such as first single “Reclamation”, to hints of roots reggae on “Storm Cloud” and “Fresh Lady”, Australia’s best kept secret The Strides impressively mix and combine a series of genres, and the result is something special, indeed!
About The Strides:
With a calling card of powerfully melodic horns, heavy rhythms, infectious bass lines, and the easy musings of Reggae master Ras Roni, from Barbados via London, and Fijian MC LTL Gzeus (Little Jesus), The Strides faithfully channel the sounds of Bob and Damien Marley, Fela Kuti, Tony Allen, Barrington Levy and Mos Def. less
Flight 1510 featuring Sydney’s Afrobeat crew the The Liberators and Soul of Sydney DJ Phil Toke in to have a chat about the upcoming all things afrobeat in Sydney including The African Film Festival & Musical Showcases.
Sydney Afro-Beat BandThe Liberators on Departure Lounge Radio
Flight 1510 Playlist
Elchinos’ Pre Switch On Take Off Set
Light Summer Dress/Music of Ma(George Sheridan mx)
Friends As DJs Series Phil Toke (The Soul Of Sydney DJ’s)
Opposite People/Fela Kuti
Expesive Shit/Fela Kuti
Nigerian Thing/Disco Re-edit
Boogie Woogie/Fatback Band
The Midas touch/Nightlife
Could Heaven Be Like This/Idris Muhummad
Rising To The Top/Keni Burke
Fantasy/Earth, Wind and Fire
Victory ‘83/Mass Production
Fela Kuti: Music is The Weapon, Film Screening & Tribute Night (Oct 27)
The series will kick off with a night that is a distinctive compliment to the gift of Nigerian Activist, Political maverick & God-Father of Afro-Beat Fela Anikulapo Kuti. We will be screening the definitive documentary “Fela: Music Is the Weapon” as an introduction to Fela’s dogmatic ideas, political movement & immense contribution to African Music,
This will be followed by a special show by Sydney own Afro-Beat power-house collective The Liberators and closing the night will be Soul of Sydney DJ’s with a rare Afro-Beat, Afro-Funk tribute homage to the likes of Fela Kuti (of course), Tony Allen, Hugh Masekela, Antibalas, TV On The Radio, Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Kola Ogunkoya, Sonny Okosun, King Sunny Ade, Ray Lema & Manu Dibango just to name a few.
Tickets are a kick ass $10 at the door for a film, funk gig and an awesome line up of djs.
El Chino is a well known Sydney DJ and music aficionado who spent some time wandering the globe, crate digging and developing his repertoire for what was to become the smoothest flight on the 2SER roster dropping everything from New-Jazz, Afro Beat, Disco & Hip Hop.
Our 17th Mix is an African inspired musical excursion put together in honour of the musical legacy of FELA!. The Mix covers a massive amount of musical ground from Afro-Beat, Afro-Funk/Disco & even some 4/4 Tribal Club Grooves just to showcase the kinds of African musical flavours around today.
Fela Kuti : Music Is the Weapon Feat. The Liberators & Soul of Sydney DJ's + Friends Playing Afrobeat, African Inspired Funk Jams
For fans of FELA & fans of REAL music we will be on AFRO-FUNK patrol at the first local African Film & Music showcase on Oct 27th @ Red Rattler
The night will feature a special screening of the 1982 FELA documentary “Music Is The Weapon” followed by live Sydneys Afro-Beat powerhouse collective The Liberators, & Soul Of Sydney DJ‘s + Friends paying special tribute with a solid dose of Afro-beat & Afro-Funk sounds to close off the night.