A Tribute to Soul Queen ARETHA FRANKLIN – Gospel, Funk, Soul & Blues favourites. (Play List)


“Lift her up by listening and sharing her songs that have meant the most to you”.

Our tribute to the EMPRESS of SOUL.

4+ hours of our favourite SOUL, FUNK & GOSPEL masterpieces by one of the greatest singers to ever share their musical gift with the world.


International Womens Day Tribute: Aretha Franklin : Live At Park West (Full Concert)

Sending this one to the amazing Women of Soul in our extend Soul-Family..  The unmistakable Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin live in 1985 as our little tribute to YOU on INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY 2014.

Classic Mix: Larry Levan Final Night @ Paradise Garage (Disco, Soul, Early House) + SPIRIT OF HOUSE PICNIC DETAILS

So it looks like we will be teaming up with our good friends at OUR HOUSE & doing another Spirit of House event in JUNE to pay tribute to that REAL HOUSE SOUND.

This time we have a great indoor/outdoor innercity warehouse space with a courtyard and BBQ.

An afternoon of 30 Years of House music and its DISCO FUNK ROOTS.. with music by OUR HOUSE / SOUL OF SYDNEY DJ’S & Friends.

Look out for details coming soon or email us at soulofsydney@gmail.com for info.


1) Jocelyn BrownSomebody Else’s GuyLive PA
2) T.C. Curtis – You Should Have Known Better (Dub Mix)
3) NYC Peech BoysCome On, Come On (Don’t Say Maybe)
4) Cheyne – Call Me Mr. Telephone
5) Man Friday – Love Honey, Love Heartache
6) Serious Intention – You Don’t Know (Paul Simpson Limited Edition Special Remix)
7) Tony Paris – Electric Automan
8) Black Mamba ‘Vicious’ (A Cappella)
9) Man Friday – Jump (Garage Version) / Gunshots
10) Aretha FranklinJump To It


The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie

The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A rare recording of Stevie Wonder in his prime way back in 1973.
One of his best!

E-mail soulofsydney@gmail.com for a list of more rare videos, concerts and bootleg recordings we have to share.

Live Recording: Aretha Franklin “Amazing Grace” 1972 (Gospel, Soul, Funk,Jazz,R&B)

Aretha Now

Aretha Now (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our Easter Message via THE VOICE doing her thing in this special live Gospel recording.


You have been blessed by Aretha ! Wishing you all the best over Easter.

International Womens Day Tribute- Aretha Franklin – Respect (1967)

March 4 is Internaianl Womens Day & what better way to pay our musical tribute then with this.. Aretha, belting out R.E.S.P.E.C.T!..

The theme song for the Womens Libeartion & Civil Rights movements throughout the 60’s & 70’s + one a ‘one of he greatest songs of all time’

Forty-four years ago today,

Aretha Franklin belted out a song that set her career afire, gave an anthem to a growing movement and stole some thunder from one of the biggest Soul singers around.

It was on this day in 1967 that Franklin stepped into the recording booth at the Atlantic Records studios in New York City and recorded her cover of Respect.

The song comes from a different angle than the previous hit released by Otis Redding in 1965, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when looking at the history of this great song.Aretha Franklin

Redding wasn’t even supposed to record the tune. At the time, Otis’ good friend and touring partner, Speedo Simms, was set to put the song onto wax. He co-wrote the song with a group he was in, which planned to record the tune. When the group broke up, he was left with the song. But get this, Respect actually started out as a slowed-down ballad.

Simms went to FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to record it. With Redding in the studio, Simms tried his best to sing the song. But while Simms was known as a great stage performer, he had never recorded much. … Especially on his own. He folded up and couldn’t perform when the mic was turned on.

Redding then suggested that he should sing the song, with an up-tempo twist. He told Simms they’d be put on the credits as co-writers, but when the single was released on August 15, 1965, Redding was the sole writer listed.

Simms can be heard on Redding’s version, before several choruses, yelling the “Hey, Hey Hey” lines in the background.

Simms never argued with his friend or tried to sue for credit. Two years later, when Redding passed away, he let the matter go to the grave with the great singer.

But just a few months before the plane crash that took Redding’s life, Aretha Franklin recorded her own version of the tune. While Redding’s song was a plea for recognition from his woman, Franklin’s was an amped-up call for respect for herself and all womankind. The song was released in April of ’67 and quickly became the rallying cry for the growing women’s liberation movement and a signature tune in Franklin’s stage shows.

Before performing the song during concerts after Franklin’s release, Redding would often tell the crowd that he was about to sing a song that he once had, but had it stolen from him by a good friend. He truly did. While Redding’s version is a masterpiece, Franklin’s sits upon the mantel of great Soul songs of all time.

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Randa Khamis & The Soul Kingdom (Live on Vocals) with DJs Gian Arpino and Phil Toke This Saturday 6th Nov @ Tonic Lounge

Tonic Lounge is proud to present the dynamic RANDA KHAMIS From RANDA & THE SOUL KINGDOM.

Randa’s last album was Produced by down under funk supremo Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos/Cookin’ On 3 Burners/Lanu) and was a steamy brew of blistering funk, impassioned soul vocals,  and edgy grittiness. Randa’s high octane vocals urge, push and provoke – so be warned!

Having supported Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Bamboos and Lionel Richie in Australia, Randa WILL have you up and dancing in an instant with her brand of 21st century deep soul.

For more info peep the gig on facebook

Band links on myspace

About Randa

https://i0.wp.com/c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/65/m_47a7d9045d154850b20b44fa19cb1c3c.jpgBorn in Jordan from Palestinian parents, raised in the working class
suburbs of Perth, Australia, singer Randa Khamis caught the black music bug early. At the age of 12 she was talking her way into local clubs,
desperate to dance to the sounds of James Brown, Parliament, Kurtis
Blow, Ann Sexton and Aretha Franklin.

During her 20’s, Randa took up Belly Dancing and wanted to start
combining the use of Arabic rhythms with soul/funk vocals. She moved to London and began working with Moroccan band MOMO, KINOBE and Sasha Baron Cohens’ brother’s band ‘Zohar’ singing in Arabic. But it was with Leigh Gracie’s deep funk band ‘Speedometer’ that she spent much of her time singing, and after supporting the legend Eddie Bo, began touring with him in New Orleans, where he passed on his vast musical knowledge about performance and song writing. With this priceless experience under her belt, she returned to Perth, ready to harness her writing and recording experiences with her new band ‘Randa & The Soul Kingdom’. Moula Bux is a return to her Middle Eastern roots entwined in her funk/soul vocal influences.

Randa & The Soul Kingdom formed out of a common desire to write and perform in an authentic pledge to their funk/soul roots. A six piece band, consisting of trumpet, sax, drums, guitar, bass and vocals, they imbue a live, classic funk sound with a dynamic fresh edge they can safely call their own striking a balance between talented musicianship and emotional content. Receiving accolades from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings when performing in support, a debut single for sale
around the world, internationally airplay and interest and some stellar live performances to sell-out crowds are just some of the reasons Randa & The Soul Kingdom have been tagged as the next jewel to come from the music womb of Perth. “If Betty Harris, Patti Drew, Donna Hathaway or The Blackbyrds are names that have any meaning to you, proudly add Randa & The Soul Kingdom to your Funk Collection”