AUSTRALIAN AFRO-BEAT: The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra launch This Saturday @ Oxford Arts Factory Feat. The Liberators & Gian Arpino + Free Album Download


Friday 16th Sept – Gearins Hotel, Katoomba
Saturday 17th Sept – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Fri 23rd Sept @ The Corner, Melbourne

“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
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 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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FELA KUTI: “Music Is The Weapon” Film Screening + Afro Beat/Afro Funk Music Tribute Feat The Liberators + Soul of Sydney DJ’s @ Red Rattler (Oct 27th)


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.

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

Fela Kuti : Music Is the Weapon Feat. The Liberators & Soul of Sydney DJ's + Friends Playing Afrobeat, African Inspired Funk Jams

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.

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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 – Nigerian Thang
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

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