LIVE GIG: CUMBIAMUFFIN (13 piece latin powerhouse) live at THE BASEMENT feat. DJ CMAN + SOUL OF SYDNEY DJ’s & Friends / Thur 27 Nov 2014 | Tix only $15 | Latin Heat, Afro-Beat & Beyond

Sydney 13 (sometime 15) piece Latin powerhouse CUMBIAMUFFIN will bring their trademark Latin vibes to THE BASEMENT on Thursday Nov 27 with DJ Support from Soul of Sydney’s own DJ CMAN + SOUL OF SYDNEY DJ’s & Friends

A night of afro-latin tropical funk inspired rhythms, Cumbia, Afro-Latin heat and beyond.

Tix only $15 | Info / HERE

About Cumbiamuffin /

Cumbiamuffin’s wall of sound is unstoppable on the dance floor and with the collective energy of authentic Colombian singers, this orchestra is conquering the local music scene. Put together by Colombian and Australian musicians, the project has the common vision of introducing the purest sounds of traditional Cumbia to the Australian audiences, playing original compositions and the classics that made this genre the most popular rhythm in Latin America during the 80’s, combining elements of Reggae, Ragga and Roots from the Caribbean


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EVENT: CMAN & JUZZLIKEDAT return to PLAY | Saturday 22nd February


Sydney’s party duo DJ CMAN & JUZZLIKEDAT are back and ready to thrown down another night full of fat beats… The past few times these guys have played, it has been off the hook 🙂 The tunes are awesome, the vibe is awesome and most importantly, the people are awesome.

The guys have been playing host to a stack of great nights around town, such as, “Everyday People” at the Tatler, “Good Good Music” at Cafe Lounge, plus often feature for events at the Basement, Oxford Art Factory, and Ching-A-Lings; as well as Soul of Sydney block parties, and gigs for Funkdafied, and Grindin’.

On Saturday the 22th of February 2014, SKRATCH SAT-DEE!!! welcome’s these two premium DJs, for a night of dope beats ranging from hip hop and dance floor jazz, to boogie, funk, soul, disco… Check it

DJ CMAN – Craig Tarik Wilson BIO

Residing in Sydney, Australia; DJ CMAN has earned a reputation as a versatile go-to dance floor filler and mood creator with his infectious energy and signature ‘funky feel-good’ sets gaining him loyal fans both young and old.

CMAN has worked in the music industry for over 10 years and performed at Sydney’s most established venues and events including Home Night Club, Oxford Arts Factory, The Basement, Blue Beat, Four Seasons Hotel, The Cafe Lounge, Ching-a-Lings, the infamous Soul of Sydney Block Parties plus events for Funkdafied & Grindin’.

He has played live on numerous radio stations including 2SER and Bondi FM, and supported touring international artists such as Eric Benet, Eric Lau and DJ Sarah Love.

Outside of Sydney CMAN has rocked crowds from the VIctorian snow fields to playing internationally in both Europe and South East Asia.

The son of an ex-record shop owner, it comes as no surprise the path that he would follow. With residencies across Sydney at some of the coolest underground bars to ritzy five star hotels; CMAN’s dynamic skills, musical knowledge and versatility make him an instant crowd favourite.

Rooted heavily in Soul, Jazz and Latin music from childhood, CMAN also grew up on a steady diet of Funk, R&B and Hip Hop. Today he enjoys fusing these influences into his sets with a fine tuned ear and the ability to seamlessly transition through genres; taking patrons on a soulful journey from Funk to Bossa, Reggae to Disco, Hip Hop to Boogaloo and all things in between.


Soul, Funk, Rare Grooves, Hip Hop, Disco, Boogie, Latin, Reggae, African, Jazz, Nu Jazz, Retro, 80′s-90′s RnB, Lounge, Chill Out.


* Soul of Sydney Block Parties (Sydney)
* The Cafe Lounge (Surry Hills)
* Martini Bar (Newtown)
* Ching-a-lings (Darlinghurst)
* Grain Bar – Four Seasons Hotel (Sydney CBD)
* ‘The Warm-Up’ Radio Skid Row 88.9FM (Inner West Community Radio)


* ERIC BENET (USA), R&B Grammy Nominee
* SARAH LOVE (UK), BBC Radio One & MTV Host (2011, 2012)
* BABYLON BEACH BAR (Langkawi, Malaysia)
* MADERFAKER (Madrid, Spain)


OAF (Oxford Arts Factory), Home Nightclub, The Basement, Arthouse, Tank, Blue Beat, Tonka Bar (Ruby Rabbit), Ching-a-lings, Civic Hotel, The Cafe Lounge, Burdekin Hotel, Sussex Hotel, BJ’s Nightclub, Tipple Bar, Le Cartel, Gotham, The Local Taphouse (Darlinghurst), Shellbourne Hotel.




As a DJ represented by Soul of Sydney, and involved with the Mama Feel Good Funk Collective, Samir Samaali dedicates his Le Garage space to music, art and fashion lovers.

Le Garage crosses over as a records store, hair salon and accessories retailer as well as art gallery (and occasionally turning into a music lounge too). With a funk, hip hop & soul sensibility second to none, Juzzlikedat will keep you noddin’ with agreement that yeah, yo, it should be just like that…s’il vous plaît!

Saturday 22nd February 2014 || SKRATCH SAT-DEE!!!

BASEMENT 72 Campbell Street,
Lower Westsyde Surry Hills NSW


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SOUL OF SYDNEY BLOCKPARTY RADIO #65: Spirit of House – 90’s Vocal & Funky House Classics by DJ M (DEEP HOUSE SYDNEY, SOULFUL HOUSE SYDNEY)

Soul of Sydney Block Party Radio #65: Beautiful People – Spirit of House Classic Soulful Vocal Vibes by DJ M – Feb 2013

Style: Classic Funky & Soulful House Vibes.

The mix is a throwback to better days of ‘Souful House’ with classics from the early 90’s back when DJ M first started clubbing, back when Soulful House was at its peak including abosolute seminal moments including; Beautiful People by Barbara Tucker and gems from Soulsearcher, D-train & Kings of Tomorrow.

Catch DJ M playing at one of infamous Spirit of House parties very soon,

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Hosted by Soul of Sydney DJ’s & Friends from our extended ‘Soul-Family’

Streaming on demand 24/7 at @soulofsydney.
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We are proud to be launching our podcast channel, & home to 100+ mixtapes, podcasts & recordings hosted by SOUL OF SYDNEY DJ’s & friends.

Pushing everything from original Afro-beat, Soul, Funk, Boogie, Disco, Deep House & Beyond…

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AUDIO; SOUL,FUNK, AFRO-BEAT | The Impellers – This Is Not A Drill Album (Mocambo & Légère Recordings) mixed preview of The Impellers 2nd album ‘This Is Not A Drill’
“There are so many bands who inevitably go back to the root but are not always successful in providing the organic fruit, I feel you guys are an exception”
Da Buzzboy Fitzroy, Solar FM


The Impellers are a 10 piece powerhouse, bringing pounding instrumental tracks, lyrically strong vocal tracks and, new for the 2nd album, a sweet, sweet ballad. New recordings, scheduled for release in early 2012 on the powerhouse labels that are Mocambo Records and Legere Recordings, bring together influences including soul, deep funk, latin and afrobeats, hip hop production, and includes funk re-versions of instantly recognisable tracks by Kaiser Chiefs and The Ting Tings.

The Impellers first full album ‘Robot Legs’ was released on UK independent label Freestyle Records. Since its release in 2009, the band have been busy touring across the UK, Netherlands, Spain, France and elsewhere. They have shared stages with some of the finest funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz and scratch DJ talent from around the world. Their ever-expanding CV includes shows with Marva Whitney, Breakestra, James Taylor Quartet, The Bamboos, Lack of Afro, Kid Koala, Hexstatic, Mr Thing (The Scratch Perverts),
DJ Bizznizz (UK DMC Championships winner),
DJ Vadim, Speedometer, Polar Bear,
Part Time Heroes and The Nextmen. The band also played live sessions on the BBC in the UK and were recruited by renowned DJ and promoter Adrian Gibson to play a live mix of tracks from the seminal ‘Ultimate Breaks & Beats‘ records – 55 classic breaks in a killer hour-and-a-half live set!!



Reaction to The Impellers debut album, ‘Robot Legs’:

“Really great….really enjoyed that”
Mark Lamarr, BBC Radio 2

“Peppered with potential future classics”

“Another cracking piece of modern funk”
Craig Charles, BBC 6Music

“Superb – easily the best new funk tracks I’ve heard since Baby Charles; these guys have the potential to be even better!”
Ian Wright (Deep Funk DJ, collector and album compiler)

“The Impellers deliver proper new deep funk, ‘Robot Legs’ is heavily recommended – one of the best of Freestyle Records’ new acts”
Nick (Record Kicks)

“A fine debut … superior modern day funk”
Soul Brother Records

“One of the fullest sounding, as well as freshest releases on the funk scene that I’ve heard in a very long while!”
Mr Double Down, The Hook & Sling (leading UK funk blog)

“Always going to be a hit”
BN1 Magazine, Brighton

CLASSIC MIXTAPE: DJ SPINNA Live on Radio (July 2004) (soul, funk, hip hop, disco, house)

DJ Spinna

DJ Spinna (Photo credit: Passetti)

DJ Spinna 2 Hours live session on WPS1 webradio. The mix is in 2 parts.

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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

Sydney Afro-Beat BandThe Liberators on Departure Lounge Radio

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
  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.



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.

Raheems Sydney Radio Guide for Soul, Funk, Disco & Hip Hop Heads!

It is about time we did out bit to get the word out about the specialist music shows on Sydney Air-Waves that have been entertaining and educating us musically on the regular.

Here is our collection of some of the specialist music shows that you might hear on Raheem Boombox (when he has batteries).

Raheems Sydney SOUL FUNK HIP HOP DISCO Radio Guide!

Raheems Sydney SOUL FUNK HIP HOP DISCO Radio Guide!

Note:  if we missed any, reach out at with info so we can include;



Streaming HERE

Boogie Dance Cafe

Fridays 11pm -12.30am

Presented by Brut 33 & Mikey Kennedy

Boogie Dance Cafe is a loose approximation of an over exuberance of musical love combined with an over indulgence of caffeine.

Brut33 mans the ones and twos (sugars), frothing up and over indulgence in coffee and dusty grooves.

A vinyl-only show, highlighting the records you find when pounding the pavement. Jazz, jazzfunk, boogie, disco, soul, afro – upwardly-downbeat & immodestly flamboyant.

From the makers of Paradise Lost & Spacepeoples, broadcasting since 2008. Sharing a passion for realness, radio and community.

Links, Podcats & Info

Merchants of Sound

Saturdays 6.30 – 8pm

Slick sounds with an anything attitude for your Saturday evening with Phat Kat and Bully Dux.

Immersing into a deep platter of dusty rarities and classic treats, we sample sounds from all genres – roots, rock, world and music that has been inspired by them.

Phat Kat …

Phat Kat has been presenting on Eastside Radio since October 2009. Sharing ancient ideologies and ethos with her fellow merchants, her collection includes blues, old school rock and roll, world and soul/funk. She is an avid supporter of community radio with subscriber status held at fellow stations 2SER, FBi and marketing/sponsorship is her specialty at Eastside. Using the senses and her guiding muses, she keenly twirls her way through flamenco dance, Italian language and Greek cuisine.

Bully Dux …

Bully Dux is a local deejay. He welcomes playing random weddings, Bar Mitzfahs, Sunday breakfast slots at the local cafe and sweaty warehouses parties. He cringes at corporate gigs but plays them anyway. Being dearly attached to his 2 wheelers, Bully Dux is keen to pull out his traveling paintbrushes and paint more colour on empty objects.

He’s hosted and played on 2SER – Mophonics show and random blues and roots slot on Bondi FM.

Links and Info:

Streaming HERE

El Chino & Herbie Hancock on Departure Lounge Radio 2ser



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.

Groove Therapy

Friday 12:00pm – 1:30pm

The place where old school hip collides with new school know how. World music fusion with electronic B-Boy funk and organic grooves. Presented and mixed by DJ Frenzie, Noodles & Noel Boogie.

Frenzie cut his teeth DJ’ing in Melbourne in the late 80’s, having grown up being inspired by the early cut and paste sounds of hip hop music. In the mid 90s he spent 5 years in Brisbane, and in that time managed to DJ regularly at pretty much every decent venue around town. Now days, Frenzie has settled down in Sydney, where once again he has played at every decent inner city venue at one time or another. In 2001, he secured a management position at Sydney’s most beloved club – The Globe, managing some of Sydney’s most beloved clubnight.

Frenzie has played at all major music festivals, featured on the 2001 Triple J ‘Turn Up Your Radio‘ tour with Endorphin and Groove Terminator, and has 15 years experience presenting programs on community radio around Australia.

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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.

Saturday 17th Sept – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney w/ The Liberators and DJ Gian Arpino Tickets:

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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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

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.

Saturday 17th Sept – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney w/ The Liberators and DJ Gian Arpino

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.

More Info