SOUL OF SYDNEY FREE BLOCK PARTY PICNIC – THIS SUNDAY MAY 20


JOIN US THIS WEEKEND FOR SYDNEY’S ONLY FREE SOUL FUNK PICNIC !

EVENT / LOCATION  INFO

DJ’s on rotation dropping the funk:

GET ON THAT SOUL FUNK TRAIN !

Soul of Sydney  Block Party!

ON MAY 20TH   – 12PM – 8PM. – FREE ENTRY !

REAL MUSIC, A STACK OF SYDNEY FINEST MUSIC HEADS & SOME OF MAD VIBES IN THE SUN!

AFRO BEAT – FUNK – SOUL – DISCOHIP HOP – REAL HOUSE VIBES!

FREE ENTRY – KID FRIENDLY – PET FRIENDLY – PEOPLE FRIENDLY

An afternoon of AFRO INSPIRED FUNK, SOUL, DISCO, HIP HOP, AFRO BEAT & MAYBE EVENT SOME AFRO BEAT VIBES TOO CLOSE OUT YOUR WEEKENDS

BLOCK PARTY VIDEOS:

DJ’s on rotation dropping the funk:

soulofsydney@gmail.com for locations details

Mixtape:  The Afro Funk Tribute to Fela by Soul of Sydney

DJ’s

(Sorry no download link but get in touch with us at Facebook if you want a copy)

Tracklisting

  1. Fela Kuti – Intro
  2. Fela Kuti – Gentleman
  3. Fela Kuti – Water got no enemy
  4. Hugh MasekelaAfro Beat Blues
  5. Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat – Get Up
  6. Tony Allen – Hustler
  7. Fela Kuti – Everything / (Rev Al Sharpton speech at Michael Jackson’s Funeral)
  8. Souljazz Orchestra – Mr President
  9. Afroheat #5 – NigerianThang

  10. James Brown – Rapp Payback (where Iz Moses)
  11. Brass Construction – Movin’
  12. Jerome Sydnenham & Kerri Chandler – Dj Tools – Love Drum
  13. Masters At Work – Expensive
  14. Martin Solveig – Mr President

Soul of Sydney & Our House Sydney will be hosting another special family friendly Throw-down picnic to celebrate your EASTER MONDAY in the right kind of fashion.. with a stack of good mates, outdoors in the sunshine and with DJ’s playing REAL music..

We have a stack of DJ’s on rotation playing a stack of daytime SOUL, FUNK, HIP HOP & HOUSE joints from the likes of Fela, Mama Africa, James Brown, Jocelyn Brown, Masters At Work, Erykah Badu, De La Soul, Dilla, Larry Levan, Sade, Jill Scott & Frankie Knuckles just to name a few.

Real Music, Real People Enjoying in a Family Friendly outdoor environment.

Open Decks, Open Mic & Open Floor (for all you dancers)

If you are interested in supporting, performing or need to get in contact please shoot us an email on soulofsydney@gmail.com as we will be updating venue information very soon.

NEW PARKSIDE LOCATION IN ALEXANDRIA
(email soulofsydney@gmail.com for venue details)

See you on the Grass Dancefloor!

Phil & Sam @ Soul of Sydney & Co.

NOTE: If you haven’t sent you for mobile number can you please forward to soulofsydney@gmail.com in the event we do have to move the party last minute?

A  Few points that might help you organise you day better;

  • It is a FAMILY FRIENDLY PICNIC first and foremost so might be a good idea really to pack for a Sunday Picnic in the park (eski/ picnic basket, fruit, drinks and something to sit on etc.)
  • We have a spot with a stack of grass around with plenty of room for kids, it is 5 mins from city around Alexandria, there is shade but best people bring some hats etc.
  • We will have a Sound System with selectors playing an eclectic mix of real music including everything from Sade to James Brown to De La Soul, Erykah Badu & Masters At Work, Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles.
  • It is open decks with rotating DJ’s (but best people get in touch via soulofsydney@gmail.com if keen to play to confirm time slots)
  • We usually aim to get everything starting at about 12pm with ending time around depending on vibe.
  • We will be waiting for the weather forecast before we make the call as it is outdoors, if it does look like it’s going to rain then we will simply move till next sunny Sunday. (We will be in touch a few days out for the event via email & on the day via SMS in case we have to move the party, so we will need your Mobile details too so we can get location details quicker)
  • ARTIST CALL OUT: If you are a local Musician, MC, Singer, Percussionist or DJ then we are very keen to hear from you if you would like to play, especially if you down to play percussion along the Djs in an open jam vibe for Sunday. (we are hoping to get thing going as a regular Sunday afternoon local soul funk and hip hop open jam session so if your keen to be part of it let us know)
  • For local Soul music fan then we simply wants you there enjoying the music, so get a group of friends together, spread the word and come down for a day out it the park to some real music.

Thanks again for getting behind the idea kids.. Sydney definitely needs more people like YOU!

Pray for good weather & hope to see you all at the next one.

Peace,

Soul of Sydney and Co.

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About the Block-Party Picnic Movement

In the name of spreading REAL MUSIC! SOUL OF SYDNEY, OUR HOUSE SYDNEY &  TONE have teamed up to put forward a small number of hush-hush out door POP UP street & park-side throw-downs during summer.

The idea is a series of free Pop-UP Sunday afternoon family friendly Picnic’s in various outdoor locations around this beautiful city, featuring rotating sets from local DJ’s & Artists still flying the flag for quality music in Sydney.

If you like the idea of hearing everything from James Brown, Jocelyn Brown, Erykah Badu, De La Soul, Dilla & Masters At Work & Frankie Knuckles in an outdoor location where you can have a Sunday Picnic in the sunshine, then join us as we celebrate the gift of great music, in a relaxed environment with friends and al-fresco on picnic blankets!

Block Party Videos:

Block Party Picnic Mixtapes:

#3 by DJ Phil Toke (Our House Sydney/Soul of Sydney)

JAN 2011

Our main man & resident Blockparty DJ Phil Toke put together this dope mix-tape jam packed with some of the daytime FUNK, DISCO & REAL HOUSE jams he has been throwing down at the picnics over the last few months. Expect a stack of similar vibes for Australia Day!

Download

Tracklisting

  1. Intro Barack Obama
  2. Bill Withers- Lovely Day
  3. Gwen McCrae- Funky Sensation
  4. John Davis Monster Orchestra- Ain’t That Enough For You
  5. James Brown- Funky President
  6. The Commodores- Brick House
  7. Average White Band- Pick Up The Pieces
  8. First Choice- Love Thang
  9. Angela Winbush- I Love You More
  10. Convertion- Lets Do It
  11. Komiko- Feel Alright
  12. Geraldine Hunt- Cant Fake The Feeling
  13. Richard T Bear- Sunshine Hotel
  14. Lenny Williams- You Got Me Runnin (Krivit Re edit)
  15. The Salsoul Orchestra- You’re Just The Right Size
  16. The Salsoul Orchestra- Salsoul Rainbow/Obama Victory Speech
  17. Diana Ross- No One Gets The Prize
  18. Diana Ross- The Boss
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VIDEO: Soul TV #6: James Brown + B.B. King FULL CONCERT (SOUL FUNK JAZZ BLUES)


LOVE THIS SHOW! TWO ABSOLUTE BOSS PERFORMERS DOING THEIR THING ON STAGE

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Soul TV #5: Maceo Parker Live (Full Concert)

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Maceo Parker Band @ Liri Blues 2009 Italiano: Maceo Parker Band al Liri Blues 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Soul, Jazz, Funk LEGEND Maceo Parker with a live lesson on stage in original party rocking!

Email us at soulofsydney@gmail.com for audio and video downloads!

http://www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty for more block party soul jazz funk vibes in Sydney… in a park !

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Soul TV #4: Nina Simone Live in Holland Dec 25th (1965)

Run Time: 40 Mins.

Songs Performed;

  1. Brown Baby;
  2. Four Women;
  3. The Ballad of Hollis Brown;
  4. Tomorrow is My Turn
  5. Images;
  6. Go Limp;
  7. Mississippi Goddam.

Savage Dignity. Nina Simone is singular among jazz musicians. She had a vocal delivery that was more Charlie Patton than, say, Shirley Horn. Her cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Ballad of Hollis Brown,” presented on Jazz Icons Series 3: Nina Simone Live in ’65 and ’68, is a microcosm of Simone’s performance style: kinetic, forceful, and emotionally intense to the point of discomfort. A force of nature when performing live, she gave concerts that were more event detonations than performances.

Simone’s voice ran the gambit from ragged low Delta growl to Handelian alto, depending on the piece. On “Hollis Brown” Simone sings with a desperate earthiness. On “Why? (The King of Love is Dead)” she sings with the sweet gospel authenticity of her Piedmont home. Simone’s near-frantic yet controlled rage is more than apparent on her signature civil rights song “Mississippi Goddam.” The song is an angry complement to Billie Holiday’s comparatively quiet, haunting account of coming upon a lynching, “Strange Fruit.” A stunning protest song even today, “Mississippi Goddam” must have been a real showstopper in 1965.

Simone’s more popular songs, “I Put a Spell on You” and Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” are performed in an abbreviated fashion, and her more civil rights-oriented material is given a fuller workout. “Tomorrow is My Turn/Images” is presented as lightly and sweetly as “Go to Hell” and “Mississippi Goddamn” are delivered with bitterness and anger. The viewer would be hard-pressed to conclude from these performances that Simone would have been capable of the typical jazz standards set, but she certainly was. However, this is the mid-’60s, a period when the classics from the Great American Songbook were out of favor.

Simone’s stage manner is regal and serious. She is no Louis Armstrong or Dizzy Gillespie, whose personalities made them full-bodied entertainers. Simone in performance was not about compromising her material. She dispensed with the amenities and simply performed, and what she performed she saw as the truth. In concert, Simone would scat, rock, and clap her hands as if she were speaking in tongues. These are electrifying recitals by the “High Priestess of Soul.”

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Soul TV#3: Al Green &The Impressions LIVE on Soul Train (1975)

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Originally aired on 6 April 1974 this classic episode of Soul Train hosted by Don Cornelius features live concerts by Al Green and also The Impressions.

Al Green performs

  • “Sweet Sixteen,”
  •  “Jesus Is Waiting,”
  • “Living For You” and
  • “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)”.

The Impressions perform

  • “If It’s In You To Do Wrong”
  • “Finally Got Myself Together”.

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Soul TV#2: Fela Kuti– Music Is the Weapon (1982)

Stéphane Tchal-Gadjieff & Jean Jacques Flori, (Universal Music)

Music Is the Weapon may be short, but it’s essential viewing for Fela fans.

Filmed in 1982, the 53-minute documentary captures the late Nigerian musician/activist at his peak. (There are slight differences between the English and French versions, so it’s best to watch both.) For the uninitiated, it’s hard to explain–in mere words–how one man could so successfully mate the sexuality of James Brown with the righteous politics of Bob Marley and sinuous sounds of Miles Davis. Fela drew as much inspiration for his

Afro-beat” from Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X as funk, reggae, and jazz. Music Is the Weapon features interviews with Fela and a few of his many wives, along with performances of “ITT,” “Army Arrangement,” and other anthems. A controversial figure throughout his life, Fela is described as both “superstar” and “man of the people.” This short, but potent document ably explores that dichotomy. –Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Soul TV #1 – ‘Scratch’-The Documentary (2001)

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AUDIO: Departure Lounge Radio Afro-Funk Special feat. El Chino, The Liberators and Soul of Sydney DJ Phil Toke


Departure Lounge Radio: Afrobeat Alert!

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

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Flight 1510  Playlist

Elchinos’ Pre Switch On Take Off Set

  1. Light Summer Dress/Music of Ma(George Sheridan mx)
  2. Crystalilise/Elizabeth Rose
  3. Manhattan Bound/Briana Cowlishaw/BC218
  4. Blossom Tree/Zara McFarlane/Brownswood

Afrobeats Selection (The Liberators, Interview)

  1. African Rhythms/Oneness of Juju/Black Fire
  2. Buy Africa/Fela Kuti/Makossa
  3. Ade/Xalam/Senegal
  4. Bulletproof/The Liberators/Record Kicks
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  5. Monkeyface/The Liberators/Record Kicks
  6. Give It UP,Turn it Loose/The Daktaris/Desco
  7. Ta Lega/Zeca do Trombone and Roberto Sax
  8. Cascavel/Antonio Adolfo

Friends As DJs Series Phil Toke (The Soul Of Sydney DJ’s)

  1. Opposite People/Fela Kuti
  2. Everything/Fela Kuti
  3. Expesive Shit/Fela Kuti
  4. Nigerian Thing/Disco Re-edit
  5. Boogie Woogie/Fatback Band
  6. The Midas touch/Nightlife
  7. Could Heaven Be Like This/Idris Muhummad
  8. Rising To The Top/Keni Burke
  9. Fantasy/Earth, Wind and Fire
  10. 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.

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SATURDAYS 5-5PM

Streaming HERE

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.

SOUL and FUNK Music That Should be Played in the Sunshine #1: Cymande – Dove (1972)


A top of 33 degrees today in Sydney, so though we should drop some more of that Soul music that should be played outdoors in tribute to that Sydney Sunshine.  This one’s by funk power house Cymande from their 1972 self-titled release. Special thanks to Tom Crown @ Good Groove Records many years ago for putting me on to this one.  Defiantly one of the gem’s in the music collection.

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.

www.thepublicopinion.net
www.nicheproductions.com.au

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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“I love good afrobeat stuff. I love this” Richard Kingsmill, triple j

“Close your eyes and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were hearing and all-black group from Nigeria ” – Lynden Barber, The Australian

One of Australia’s most exciting (and largest) bands, Melbourne’s Public Opinion Afro Orchestra are hitting the road to launch their new 7” single ‘Mr Clean (Pts 1 & 2),’ available in September on Hope Street Recordings through all good record stores.

2010 proved a watershed year for the seventeen strong ensemble, with breakthrough performances at WOMADelaide which resulted in worldwide support through Gilles Peterson’s BBC Radio 1 program. Their debut album “Do Anything, Go Anywhere’ was also nominated for an ARIA Award. The group returned to the studio before emerging triumphantly for a set at the 2011 Byron Bay Blues & Roots Festival, which you can download at the groups website for nix

http://www.thepublicopinion.net/2011/05/live-album-available-for-free-download/

With a unique understanding of Afrobeat, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra trace elements of the genre created by Fela Kuti and Tony Allen, an add modern elements like MCs and turntablism all with a definitive world perspective stemming from the lineage of the groups members, which comes from all corners of the globe.

Melbourne is in for a bit of a Hope Street Recordings family affair with labelmates The Bombay Royale also launching their new 7” and high school super band The Cactus Channel (recently featured on an EPK by Los Angeles tastemaker Jeremy Sole) plus radio personality and POAO member DJ Manchild in support.

Sydney and Katoomba stages will see The Liberators in equally funky and appropriate support. The group recently released their debut self titled album on Italian based label Record Kicks to worldwide acclaim, including a plug in Rolling Stone Magazine.

The spirit of Fela is alive and well and with Australia one of the most unexpected places to find it, you can expect to be blown away when these guys touch down in your town.

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

Also for fans of FELA & 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 african bands & Soul Of Sydney DJ‘s + Friends paying special tribute with a solid dose of Afro-beat & Afro-Funk sounds to close off the night.

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SOUL,FUNK,JAZZ Fathers Day tribute feat. James Brown, The Temptations,Winstons,Gladys Knight and George Benson.


Our soul,funk,jazz tribute to all the fathers out there..

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