VIDEO: JAMES BROWN’s INFLUENCE on HIP HOP | QUESTLOVE


Join SOUL OF SYDNEY as we pay homage to JAMES BROWN on Sunday April 28

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FUNK POWER! ★ SOUL OF SYDNEY ★ JAMES BROWN TRIBUTE ★ Sun April 28 – 2pm

★ Info, Tix from $10+bf –
www.facebook.com/events/289358141963105/

An afternoon homage to one of the central figures who shaped FUNK & SOUL music as we know it and inspired GENERATIONS of MUSICIANS, DJ’S & PRODUCERS.

Music by Sydney Funk Powerhouse GANG OF BROTHERS & Friends (live) plus DJ support by SOUL OF SYDNEY DJ’s & Friends.

★ Info, Tix from $10+bf –
www.facebook.com/events/289358141963105/

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Documentary: The Night JAMES BROWN Saved Boston (April 5 1968) | The Power of Music!


Documentary: The Night James Brown Saved Boston (April 5 1968) 

James Brown calms Boston following the Martin Luther King assassination in 1968

April 5, 1968. It is the day after one of the most catastrophic moments in the history of the civil rights movement.

The film documents that remarkable concert and the politics around it. Boston Mayor Kevin White and his colleagues almost by accident realized that by televising the James Brown concert they could keep people indoors that night prevent widespread rioting. The film is almost testimony to the power of music in general and the power of James Brown’s music in particular. The film is a tribute to the Godfather of Soul and the role he would come to play in working for civil rights.

Backstage at the Boston Garden, the mood is somber, appropriately funereal. Just 24 hours ago, Martin Luther King, Jr., the most important and beloved African American leader in America, has been assassinated, and though James Brown is booked that night for a show, nobody really wants to go onstage and play.

 

On the morning after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., city officials in Boston, Massachusetts, were scrambling to prepare for an expected second straight night of violent unrest. Similar preparations were being made in cities across America, including in the nation’s capital, where armed units of the regular Army patrolled outside the White House and U.S. Capitol following President Johnson’s state-of-emergency declaration. But Boston would be nearly alone among America’s major cities in remaining quiet and calm that turbulent Friday night, thanks in large part to one of the least quiet and calm musical performers of all time. On the night of April 5, 1968, James Brown kept the peace in Boston by the sheer force of his music and his personal charisma.

Brown’s appearance that night at the Boston Garden had been scheduled for months, but it nearly didn’t happen. Following a long night of riots and fires in the predominantly black Roxbury and South End sections of the city, Boston’s young mayor, Kevin White, gave serious consideration to canceling an event that some feared would bring the same kind of violence into the city’s center. The racial component of those fears was very much on the surface of a city in which school integration and mandatory busing had played a major role in the recent mayoral election. Mayor White faced a politically impossible choice: anger black Bostonians by canceling Brown’s concert over transparently racial fears, or antagonize the law-and-order crowd by simply ignoring those fears. The idea that resolved the mayor’s dilemma came from a young, African American city councilman name Tom Atkins, who proposed going on with the concert, but finding a way to mount a free, live broadcast of the show in the hopes of keeping most Bostonians at home in front of their TV sets rather than on the streets.

Atkins and White convinced public television station WGBH to carry the concert on short notice, but convincing James Brown took some doing. Due to a non-compete agreement relating to an upcoming televised concert, Brown stood to lose roughly $60,000 if his Boston show were televised. Ever the savvy businessman, James Brown made his financial needs known to Mayor White, who made the very wise decision to meet them.

The broadcast of Brown’s concert had the exact effect it was intended to, as Boston saw less crime that night than would be expected on a perfectly normal Friday in April. There was a moment, however, when it appeared that the plan might backfire. As a handful of young, male fans—most, but not all of them black—began climbing on stage mid-concert, white Boston policemen began forcefully pushing them back. Sensing the volatility of the situation, Brown urged the cops to back away from the stage, then addressed the crowd. “Wait a minute, wait a minute now WAIT!” Brown said. “Step down, now, be a gentleman….Now I asked the police to step back, because I think I can get some respect from my own people.”

Brown successfully restored order while keeping the police away from the crowd, and continued the successful peacekeeping concert in honor of the slain Dr. King on this day in 1968.

 Join SOUL OF SYDNEY as we pay homage to JAMES BROWN on Sunday April 28

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FUNK POWER! ★ SOUL OF SYDNEY ★ JAMES BROWN TRIBUTE ★ Sun April 28 – 2pm

★ Info, Tix from $10+bf –
www.facebook.com/events/289358141963105/

An afternoon homage to one of the central figures who shaped FUNK & SOUL music as we know it and inspired GENERATIONS of MUSICIANS, DJ’S & PRODUCERS.

Music by Sydney Funk Powerhouse GANG OF BROTHERS & Friends (live) plus DJ support by SOUL OF SYDNEY DJ’s & Friends.

★ Info, Tix from $10+bf –
www.facebook.com/events/289358141963105/

AUDIO – SOUL FUNK: Third Coast Kings – Spicy Brown (Record Kicks)


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Sweet n’ tight, this is a heavy cut of soul!TM Juke (Tru Thoughts)
“There’s plenty of funky combos around these days, but these guys really do a hell of a job – and the overall sound of the record is so great!” DUSTY GROOVE CHICAGO
TCK deliver old-school funk with a contemporary energy, enthusiasm and intelligence and if you’ve got soul this is one band that’s happy to put it outiTunes USA

SUPPORT REAL MUSIC, CHECK OUT MORE ON RECORD KICKS !

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SYDNEY SOUL & FUNK: Dojo Cuts feat. Roxie Ray – Take From Me (NEW RELEASE)


Sydney soul/funk outfit DOJO CUTS return with a super soulful second album entitled “Take From Me”, once again featuring the sizzling, smoky vocals of Miss Roxie Ray. This much anticipated follow-up to their debut full-length sees the band taking it back to the roots of soul, but at the same time giving a nod to contemporary funk. With the liner notes written by Russ Dewbury (A Night At The Jazz Rooms) and the support of the entire Daptone Records family aka Gabriel Roth, Neal Sugarman and Homer Steinwess, this Aussie outfit prepares for what is without a doubt a significant step forward in the band’s musical journey.

This is the album where all of Dojo Cuts’ experience and hard work reaches its deeply soulful zenith, with mellow moments – such as in “I’d Rather Go Blind”, “I Can Give” and title track “Take From Me”, as well as gritty straight-up funk pieces like “Mamacita”, “Sonny’s Strut” or the Marva Whitney & James Brown classic “What Do I Have To Do”. Add to that some slices of feel-good crossover soul such as in “My Lovin’ Is All About You” and first single “Easy To Come Home”, and the result is a guaranteed instant classic! The secret is out indeed, Dojo Cuts are ready to rock your world!

BUY NOW ONLINE @ RECORD KICKS

SOUL OF SYDNEY BLOCK PARTY PICNIC #5: ON THIS SUNDAY 5TH FEB, (RAIN HAIL OR SHINE!) (NEW BACK UP INNERCITY LOFT/LOUNGE WAREHOUSE SPACE) (fEAT. Soul of Sydney DJ’s & Friends; PHIL TOKE, (Our House Sydney) EDSEVEN TERRY A MICHAEL ZAC (Our House Sydney) EADIE RAMIA (Our House Sydney) C-MAN & JUZZLIKEDAT (Back of Back))


SOUL F SYDNEY BLOCK PARTY is ON THIS SUNDAY 5TH FEB, RAIN HAIL OR SHINE!

WE FINALLY HAVE A BACK UP VENUE for the Block Party just so you can Shake those Cabin Fever blues away & you have a spot to come down and enjoy the same Sunday Afternoon REAL MUSIC VIBES we have been pushing at the Picnics.

We now officially have a BACK UP VENUE who are happy to host us just in the event this monsoonal rain doesn’t end, so it just means all we have to move the picnic under some covers into an inner city FUNK LOUNGE/LOFT SPACE!

Venue Option #1
Park-side Location in Alexandria with BBQ areas (pending weather) we still need some sunshine for the usual park side parties to go down!
Venue Option #2 – Inner City FUNK LOFT/LOUNGE SPACE:  in the vent of rain we have organised a kid friendly lounge/loft space with a stack of light, massive couches and tables just ready for a Sunday afternoon in-door picnic just in case it does keep raining.

We will be updating everyone via SMS as soon as we know how it looks for Sunday, so look out for updates early Sunday morning by around 10 or 11pm.

www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty

Info VIA Facebook Event –> HERE
We will be in a park-side location around Alexandria from around 12 pm till late or a back up inner city FUNK LOUNGE ROOM in the event of rain!
STILL OPEN DECKS! Family Friendly, MUSIC HEADS PICNIC!
DJ’s playing an eclectic mix of day time SOUL, FUNK , DISCO, HIP HOP & REAL HOUSE GEMS.

Our House Sydney & Soul of Sydney Present:

SOUL OF SYDNEY: Free Block Party Picnic/BBQ #5

Soul of Sydney & Our House Sydney will be hosting another special family friendly FUNK picnic to celebrate the our SUNDAY  in the right kind of fashion..With a stack of good mates, in the great outdoors in the sunshine and with DJ’s playing REAL music  in a family friendly atmosphere.

We have a stack of DJ’s on rotation playing a stack of daytime SOUL, FUNK, HIP HOP & HOUSE joints from the likes of 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! 

DJ’s:

  • Soul of Sydney DJ’s & Friends;
  • PHIL TOKE, (Our House Sydney)
  • EDSEVEN
  • TERRY A
  • MICHAEL ZAC (Our House Sydney)
  • EADIE RAMIA (Our House Sydney)
  • C-MAN & JUZZLIKEDAT (Back of Back)

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.

Peace & Blessings;

Phil & Sam @ Soul of Sydney & Co.
www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty
www.ourhousesydney.com.au

BLOCK PARTY #5 – Facebook Event

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Blockparty Picnic Mixtape #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 mixtape 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

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?

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Check out some of the SOUL TRAIN FUN from our last few parties

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.

FEB: ERYKAH BADU BLOCK PARTY PICNIC TRIBUTE

FACEBOOK EVENT

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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!

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THE BLOCK-PARTY MIXTAPS:

#1- SOUL OF SYDNEY TRIBUTE TO OBAMA

Mixed by: Phil Toke & Soul Of Sydney, of Sydney Australia

Running Time: 74 minutes

DOWNLOAD:

at Sound Cloud or Here

Track List

  1. The Love Unlimited Orchestra – Midnight Groove,<Soul Of Sydney Edit>
  2. Fatback Band – Mister Bass Man
  3. The Head Hunters- God Made Me Funky
  4. The Honey Drippers- Impeach The President
  5. The O’Jays- Give The People What They Wantblack power to the people usa america obama barack flickr soul funk disco ohm collective phil toke obama tribute mix sydney
  6. James Brown- The Boss
  7. Bill Withers- Lovely Day
  8. Herb Alpert – RiseYObama EDIT>
  9. James Brown – Funky President
  10. Maceo & The Macks – Soul Power ’74
  11. Donald Byrd- Change- Makes You Want To Hustle
  12. Curtis Mayfield- Right on For The Darkness
  13. Stevie Wonder- Black Man
  14. The Blackbyrds- Rock City Park
  15. Odyssey- Going Back To My Roots
  16. John McLaughlin- Planetary Citizen
  17. Issac Hays- Theme From S.H.A.F.Tt black President.
  18. The Beginning of The End- Funky Nassau (Part 1)
  19. George Clinton – One Nation Under A Groove
  20. Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground
  21. Lonnie Liston Smith- Expansions
  22. George Benson- You Can Do It < Phil Toke & Soul of Sydney ‘I Have A DREAM EDIT’
  23. Roy Ayers- Evolution

#2- Blockparty Picnic Mixtape 2 by DJ Phil Toke (Our House Sydney)

Dec 2011

Our main man & resident Blockparty DJ Phil Toke put together this dope mixtape 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.

Tracklisting

1.The Last Minister – Tribute to the JB family
2.Lyn Collins – Think (Jski edit)
3.Kool & The Gang – Love and Understanding
4.War – Galaxy
5.Jimmy Castor – E man boogie
6.Jesse G – thats hot
7.Change – A lover’s holiday
8.Nijel – Dance so fine (instrum)
9.Brothers Johnson – Stomp
10.Superbreak disco edits – Body Bait
11.Society – Can U rock?
12.Phase II – Reachin
13.Terrence Parker – Love’s Got me high
14.Teddy Pendergrass – Only you
15.Sylvester – Over & over