RETURN OF THE REAL AND SOULPOWER presents Isaac Aesili featuring Rachel Fraser and They Ray Mann Three plus DJ’s @ TONE, 12th of NOVEMBER!

Musicians don’t retire, they stop when there’s no music left in them… “Louis Armstrong”
Grindin’ and Funkdafied  have teamed up to present ‘Return of the Real’ featuring New Zealand’s Isaac Aesili and Rachel Fraser with our very own soul connoisseurs The Ray Mann Three, plus special guests. We will be creating the ultimate soul experience at Tone on the 12th of November!

A consummate multi instrumentalist and beatmaker, Isaac Aesili’s debut album ‘Eye See’ is a representation of the diverse world we live in. Rich textures of reggae, dub, electronica and soft soulful r&b are woven intricately to create a landscape of futuristic escapism. It’s like astral traveling, yet you can still feel the dirt in between your toes.

Isaac Aesili and Rachel Fraser @ TONE

Described as one of the most humblest beings, Isaac’s album collaboration consists of vocals from Mara TK from Electric Wire Hustle, Aaradhna, Deva Mahal, Rosita Vai, and Rachael Fraser who will be accompanying him to Australia.

Described by Benji B as  “One of the most exciting soul talents to emerge from the South Pacific!” (Benji B, Deviation; BBC1 Xtra), Isaac is will be armed on stage with an MPC and trumpet, plus amazing soul singer Rachael Fraser, transforming you into another world.

Hailing from Sydney, our soul connoisseurs are knowledgeable in technique and form, raw, funky, cheeky and talented. With a strong loyal following built over years of local performances at venues around town, Ray Mann Three have taken their distinctive sound across local borders touring all over Australia and Japan whilst sitting down! Yup, the guys sit on their comfy seats, perform their instruments and entice you to join a night of playful intimacy.


The Ray Mann Three’s CV is quite impressive having supported for Tori Amos, AL Green, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Jamie Lidell, Roy Ayers, Kate Miller Heidke, The Bamboo’s, Ash Grundwall and Holy Throsby.

In May 2008, Ray Mann Three released their anticipated album of the same title boosting their national following. Sydney morning Herald described their sound as a fusion of “…D’angelo’s sex appeal with the grit of Tom Waits.”

It’s music that you loose yourself in….

DJ’s on the night are Stephan Ferris, Huwston, JC Funkdafied and Thomas Crown!

Join us for a night of what Sydney has been yearning and missing… If there’s anything that we need more of, it’s the return of the real!
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From Return or the Real and Soul Power Team:

Grindin‘ , Funkdafied and KRYSTEL diolita DIOLA





Blaxploitation 2010: Professor Groove & The Booty Affair,Juanita Tippins,Jonah Latukefu plus DJ Stephen Ferris (FBI Radio, Funk Flashback)

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Venue: The Basement

Date: Friday July 16, 2010

Genre: Soul, Funk, Jazz

Professor Groove & the Booty Affair “Pimpestra”

Juanita Tippins  ::  Jonah Latukefu  ::  DJ Stephen Ferris (FBI Radio, Funk Flashback)

Dinner and show packages available by calling The Basement on 9251 2797

Tickets: $25 on door / $25 +bf through Moshtix:

Or check Moshtix or Facebook for more info

Dust off the platform heels, break out the purple leather overcoat, slide into the denim superflares, drape yourself in rolled gold and stroll down to the sleaziest soulsonic shakedown this side of Harlem circa 1973, ‘cos the huge hit of the BECK’S FESTIVAL BAR 2008 returns to The Basement for one show only on July 16th 2010.

We’re talking tracks from films like Superfly, Shaft, 110th Street, Troubleman, The Mack, Black Caesar, Slaughter’s Big Rip Off and Cleopatra Jones, as recorded originally by soul greats Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Isaac Hayes and Willie Hutch. These cult classic Blaxploitation movies from the early-mid 1970’s spawned some of the greatest soul and funk tracks ever released, from moody, atmospheric background music like Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man Soundtrack to the plaintive ghetto dramas of Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly or the electrifying excitement of Isaac Hayes’s Shaft.

Now it’s time to recreate and revitalise an amazing selection of these Blaxploitation soundtrack soul classics LIVE at the Basement on Friday July 16, while screening classic and rare footage from the original movies.

With an expanded 12-piece Booty Affair “Pimpestra” (short for Pimp Orchestra), the sweet sweetback sounds of the baaaaaaddest movies ever made are coming to downtown Sydney! Featuring Australia’s very own Mack: the pimp rolling, street working, high risk player Professor Groove, and a raft of special guests, including the sweet soul tones of Juanita Tippins (Confection, Jimmy Barnes), the Marvin-like smoky voice of Jonah Lataukefu (Katie Noonan, Suite Az), The Crackhouse Horns (a 3 piece horn section featuring the Weird Assembly’s Dave Weir),  and of course the A Team of Professor Groove’s regular funk crew, players like Josh Beagley (guitar), Terepai Richmond (drums) and Alex Hewetson (bass), the Pimpestra is ready to recreate the hustle and bustle and pure uncut funk sound of wah wah guitars, wobbling synthesisers and those world famous urban breakbeats.

DJ Stephen Ferris from FBI Radio’s  Funk Flashback will be on hand to drop some crackling old vinyl onto the decks, and the dirty funk will continue late into the night with Professor Groove and The Booty Affair conducting the after party.

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