RARE UNDERGROUND CHICAGO HOUSE CLASSIC: Isaac Hayes Can’t Turn Around ( Ron Hardy’s Edit)

If you have to touch up a classic.. this is how it should be done.. lovely work the mighty Ron Hardy turning this into a mad dance floor stomper.



EVENT: Afrobeat Powerhouse Antibalas in Sydney March 12 @ Factory Theatre

Tickets & Party Info HERE


Born in a Brooklyn warehouse in 1997, 12-piece ensemble Antibalas is credited with introducing Afrobeat to a wider global audience, influencing countless musicians and developing a live show that is the stuff of legend. The group has performed everywhere from Central Park to Carnegie Hall to Rikers Island Prison, and that’s just in New York. On the heels of the hit musical FELA!,

which several members collaborated on, Antibalas has reunited with former member and producer Gabe Roth, who was at the helm for their first three albums. The world famous Daptone Records released the band’s first album in five years, self-titled, in late 2012.

Inspired by economic meltdowns and global uprisings, Antibalas piled into two rooms at Daptone’s House of Soul Studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn to cut an explosive new set of afrobeat classics. “Dirty Money” launches the propulsive six-song LP with deep, pulsating rhythms, monstrous horns and tight funk. Lead singer Amayo – a native of Lagos, Nigeria and senior Kung Fu master – guides the band through cathartic workouts of call and response, dynamic instrumentals and eruptive solos.

Members of Antibalas served as musical directors and the house band in the Broadway hit FELA! and penned original music for the show. Members have also recently collaborated/performed with Iron and Wine, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Mark Ronson, TV on the Radio and The Roots.

Tickets & Party Info HERE

AUSTRALIAN AFRO-BEAT: The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra Mr Clean

Our track of the day for Saturday 17th Sept is the infectous afro-beat sounds right out of Melbourne of The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra’s new single Mr Clean.

The will be celebrating the release tonight at Oxford Art Factorywith Sydneys own Afro Beat Power house The Liberators & Mr Gian Arpino dropping the afro inspired funk too.

The 7” single ‘Mr Clean (Pts 1 & 2),’ available in September on Hope Street Recordings through all good record stores.


Saturday 17th Sept – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney w/ The Liberators and DJ Gian Arpino Tickets: www.moshtix.com.au

Also for fans of the Afro-Funk sounds we will be on FUNK patrol at the first local African Film Festival Film showcase on Oct 27th @ Red Rattler Warehouse Space.

The night will feature a special screening of the 1982 FELA documentary “Music Is The Weapon”  followed by live show by The Liberators & Soul Of Sydney DJ‘s + Friends paying our own special tribute with a solid dose of Afro-beat & Afro-Funk sounds to close off the night.

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LATIN,JAZZ,FUNK,ACID JAZZ- Dj Maestro (Blue Note Records) Australian Tour Mix + Sydney Gig Details (Fri 12th Aug @ The Basement)

Really diggin’ this Latin-Jazz & Funk mix JC of funkdafied sent our way as part of the up coming Blue Note Trip tour featuring the one and only Maestro playing an intimate Dj set at the Basement.

Funkdafied & Double Lucky are proud to present Blue Note Trip with DJ Maestro at the Basement on Friday 12th August. Hailing from Amsterdam, DJ Maestro is one of the leading Jazz DJs on the scene today and this will be a one-off show in Sydney at the home of jazz music. Martijn Bark

huis, a.k.a. DJ Maestro is the only DJ to work with Blue Note and has mixed and compiled 9 albums under the name Blue Note Trip – compilations with material from the archives of the legendary jazz label.

The prestigious record label Blue Note has become the home for jazz heroes like Art Blakey, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock and Eric Dolphy, the label became famous for its inspired, high quality jazz recordings. Following a busy schedule of European festivals and tour dates and on the back of releasing Blue Note Trip Vol 9 we look forward to DJ Maestro performing for an Australian audience. With his own record label (Dig This!), being program director of the Swingin’ Groningen festival and the Jazz at the Lake festival, DJ at VPRO/Radio 6 and

founder of the Dutch station Radio Jazz, Maestro has a big hold on everything that has to do with Funk, Latin and Jazz in the Netherlands as well as a high profile world wide through the Delicious Jazz series, (Verve) and the platinum selling Blue Note Trip Series……

Expect a mix of traditional jazz with a blend of funk, soul and latin, up-tempo and lounge as well as forgotten treasures from the archives …
Joining DJ Maestro on the night we will have the following DJs/Acts: Trevor Parkee, (2SER Radio),and Omegaman Sound System, with some special guest musicians TBA. This will be a night of quality music,

get in quick as we expect a large demand for tickets to this event


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Reggae & Dancehall @ Uptown Downtown, Mar 19th at Civic Hotel + Firehouse podcasts & radio

Judgement,Basslines & Firehouse present:

Uptown Downtown

Real dancehall bashment inside Civic Underground

Fri March 19

Live performance
King B Fine (Sierra Leone)

Civic Underground
388 Pitt Street, City

Door Tax $10


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Check out firecorner.com on myspace or facebook for tickets, info & mixes

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Fire On The Wire Podcasts & Radio

Fire On The Wire, the long-running reggae radio show originally broadcast from Paddington Town Hall and source of all our audio specials to date, is back on the air. Continue reading

The Liberators: Australian Afro-Beat, Latin & Funk, playing 16/3 @ The Vanguard & 10/4 @ The Basement for A Night at the Jazz Rooms


Inspired by the greats and rhythms 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. The Liberators are a Sydney-based 10 piece powerhouse made up of musicians from Dojo Cuts, The Strides, The Bakery and Dr Wasabi set to bring a fresh new ans straight-up Afrofunk vibe to Sydney!

Check out there three track EP

Self Reliance

Rags To Riches


Contact Details:

E-mail: theliberators.band@gmail.com

Moblie: 0431 379 840


Upcoming Gigs:


Tue March 16: The Liberators – Super Heavy Afrofunk Explosion

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The Vanguard, 42 King St Newtown Sydney

Price: $8 at the door or $5 concession, $37.00 for show + dinner

For more info check the Facebook event or click here to buy tickets online



Featuring THE LIBERATORS + Michelle Martinez & Roxie Ray + DJ Russ Dewbury

The Basement, 29 Reiby Place

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Australian Music Tribute # 1: Classic Funk, Hip Hop & Soul Music Videos

With Australia day just gone we though we should do our bit for the country &  put together a mix-tape of our favourite home grown music videos. Here is our selection of local Hip Hop, Soul & Funk videos that would go rock any Australia Day BBQ.

Ray Mann Three- Smile

Music video by The Ray Mann Three performing “Smile”. Directed by Louis Westgarth and Ray Mann. (C) 2008 Ray Mann. From the album “The Ray Mann Three”

The Avalanches – Since I Left You

Directed by Rob Leggatt and Leigh Marling.

The Cat Empire – Days Like These

Pnau ‘Journey Agent’

Pnau’s classic adventure in 50’s style and attempted substance. Directed by James Littlemore and art directed/illustrated by Stepahnie Anderson

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