Archive for category Afro Funk
To celebrate the release of The Seven Ups new single ‘The Aviator‘, Northside Records and Ding Dong Lounge present The Seven Ups live on Friday December 16. The new single has been out for a couple of weeks now and is achieving worldwide radio and dancefloor rotation. The band is also currently deep into their East Coast launch tour, with Melbourne being the final stop on a run of 8+ shows. Fiyah fah sure.
Joining the line-up on the night are local dub/reggae/hip hop outfit Echo Drama, plus shady characters Chris Gill and Mike Gurrieri will bring the heavy afro heat and dirty funk before, between and after the bands.
Doors and DJs from 9pm.
8 Market Lane CBD. No suits (unless you can dance).
The Seven Ups
After a weekend of instore madness we’re back with news of more Northside shows! But firstly, a massive thanks to The Seven Ups and The Meltdown, and everyone who came along to support Melbourne soul.
Coming up on Sunday 8th March, Northside and PBS106.7FM presents ‘Soulclash’ – The Underground Showcase. This is something we’ve talked about for a long time, and we’re very excited to see this become a reality. The first Soulclash has been curated by Northside’s and PSB’s own DJ Manchild (The Breakdown) and will take place at Howler in Brunswick. Heading the line up is Melbourne’s underground microphone fiend Remi, supported as always by Sensible J. This will be the final local show before Remi and J set off on their 2015 European Tour.
The Seven Ups will also take the stage for a super-set of funky afro soul fire. The Seven Ups have been playing shows all over and promise to deliver some of that heavy heavy syncopation that only comes with relentless shows, touring and late nights. Look out.
Taking you further underground, deep below mainstream and into the caverns of outernational soul, hip hop, afro, dancehall, tropical and funk are the Northside DJs. Big Bossman Chris Gill brings the ‘Burn City Soul’ and deep funk flavours, Lewis Cancut and Ms. Butt (Congo Tardis #1) serve up the bass-heavy booty-shaking sounds of the club/favela and beyond, and DJ Manchild and Mr. Rex will mash you up with anything + everything soul, and the shit you never heard before. No chin-scratchers – It’s a party from the get go!
Sunday March 8 is Labour Day weekend, and that means no work for some on Monday. Get down. Tickets are $18+bf (see below). We will have tickets available at Northside soon.
We love it when our friends put on shows – and this time around it’s a mad collab between HopeStreet Recordings, Scatter Scatter Tropical Discotheque and Shadow Electric! On Saturday February 7, Shadow Electric will host The Public Opinion Six and the Hope Street gang for the official launch of the ‘sweet sixteenth’ release from HopeStreet recordings (1/6: Cosmetic Love bw. The Public Opinion Six: Jappo). Joining them are Emcee 1/6, DJ Manchild and the Public Opinion Sound System for an action packed night of Afro-Brunswick-trophop, disco and soul.
From the press release: “Another sure-fire, super-heavy afro-dynamite-soul hit from those likely types down at Hope St headquarters!! And yes that’s right, it is the sweet sixteenth 45 released by this Melbourne record label juggernaut and there is only one way to celebrate it – teaming up with those cats from The Scatter Scatter Soundsystem and turning out a huge party down at The Shadow Electric!
Two sides of heat, each fronted by a different vocal weapon from the artillery of The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra will be translated live for you on Saturday Feb 7th. Rapper One-Sixth and singer/percussionist Lamine Sonko are joined their pals The Public Opinion Six (formerly The Afrobiotics & also the rhythm section behind the POAO) for two sets of afro-funk power. Then later DJ Manchild & the Scatter Scatter Soundsystem take over and turn the volume up to 10 with their massive party blend of tropical beats alongside live percussion and MCs.”
The new 45 is in stock at Northside, along with many other fine releases from HopeStreet Recordings.
With the AFL Grand Final upon us and all that Spring Carnival crap just around the corner, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra will officially usher in the Melbourne ‘Silly Season’ this Saturday night. Helping them turn up the heat at Howler will be The Let Your Hair Down Girls, DJ Manchild + MC 1/6, and The House of Beige Crew (rumoured to be Remi, Sensible J, Dutch, N’Fa and friends???). No matter how you spend this Saturday afternoon – there is only one place to be on Saturday night; on the dancefloor at Howler shaking it to the sounds of afrobeat, hip hop, funk, boogaloo and tropical disco flavours. Get down to Howler early to ensure you get in before it sells out. Only $15.
POAO have been rehearsing – and are super excited about the show ( facebook.com/publicopinion ), the House of Beige Crew are on fire after their recent tour, TLYHDG always deliver and will be embracing footy (and beer) fever. And it goes without saying that Manchild & 1/6 are hyped and will rock the party from the outset.
With the federal budget about to drop like smallpox, make sure you set at least $18 aside until Saturday May 31st so you can dance away the pain with The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra at Howler in Brunswick. The POAO will be joined by Melbourne’s heaviest funk combo Deep Street Soul, plus The Vibraphonic Orkestra who bring a unique blend of afro, electronica & dub. DJ Manchild will be serving up the edutainment between the bands. The POAO are firing on all cylinders and promise a night of fire.
There is currently no tax on having a good time – so get in early. Pre-sale tickets are available.
Don’t sleep… Stand for something!
Scatter Scatter is back this Saturday night, Feb. 1 – and will become a monthly fixture at Boney on the second Saturday of every month, starting March 8. If you have a taste for the tropics and a passion for the sounds of afro, cumbia, latin, soca and island disco, Scatter Scatter is the only place to be… Non-stop tropical disco from dusk ’til dawn.
This Saturday features live band Jaspora playing their soca-reggae-island sounds, along with Jumps (Cat Empire), DJ Manchild, Julien MF Love, Medhi (fresh from the steamy tropics of Adelaide), some guy called Jimmy Caution and The Public Opinion Sound System.
The Public Opinion Sound System features DJ Manchild, MC 1/6, N’fa Jones & Future Roots. Turntables, live percussion, chants and rapping will take you on a trip though the tropical and tribal rhythms of Africa and South America, weaving through the hip-hop and beat driven sounds from the blocks of Melbourne.
Doors open around 9pm – band on stage around midnight. Arrive early if you please – or come late and dance until 7am!
JUST DROPPED! $130
Knitting Factory Records is proud to release the second of the long-awaited vinyl reissues from the FELA KUTI catalog. This is the second in a series of curated Vinyl Box sets. These six albums were chosen by frequent Fela collaborator, Ginger Baker.
The artwork for each album is the painstakingly recreated from original album artwork along with vintage vinyl label artwork!
The box includes the albums:
– Live with Ginger Baker (1971)
– Roforofo Fight (1972)
– Confusion (1974)
– Alagbon Close (1974)
– He Miss Road (1975)
– Na Poi (1976)
Also included in the box:
– 12 page full-color booklet with an essay by Ginger Baker and album descriptions by the veteran British music journalist, Chris May.
– a poster designed by H. Cuadrado
There’s no rest for the wicked! Coming up this weekend is the highly anticipated Scatter Scatter Party at the Prince of Wales / POW Bandroom (St. Kilda), featuring Live performances by The Shaolin Afronauts and Papa Chango, with support for Public Opinion Sound System, plus DJs Manchild and Jumps. This will be the official album launch party for Shaolin Afronauts new album – don’t miss it.
Following up Friday night’s SOUTHSIDE afro-experience, the funk will return to it’s natural habitat on the Northside on Saturday, with DJ Manchild and his Gentlemen of Leisure collective pumpin’ the funk in the Grace Darling Basement. With t-t-t-turntable assistance and the tightest and most righteous selections from DJ Jumps and super-digger DJ Arks, it promises to be a butt-shakin’ night of the deepest, hardest, rawest dancefloor funk and soul this city has to offer. Expect a healthy dose of Afrofunk and Ghetto Boogie in the mix – along with a few of those secret ‘rare as rocking-horse shit’ records the Gentlement of Leisure have been saving up for this auspicious occasion. And heads-up – it’s lights on at 1am – so get in early to get your groove on.
Want more? Scatter Scatter is back at the Prince of Wales again at the end of the month (Aug. 31), featuring the one and only Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, who are rumoured to have a big-arse bag of new material. Joining POAO on the night are 8-bit champions, Cumbia Cosmonauts, along with Manchild and Jumps. Sensible shoes is a must!
JUNE 10 – ORDER OF MELBOURNE
This Sunday night, June 10 (Queens Birthday Eve) is another explosion of African-inspired music in Melbourne. Featuring two of Melbourne’s finest exponents of afrobeat, african-groove and ethio-sounds, The Black Jesus Experience and The Afrobiotics, it’s gonna be LARGE!
If you dig the sounds of Fela, Tony Allen, Mulatu, Poets of Rhythm or Anitbalas, you need to get your thing together and get on up. If you’ve never heard of any of the artists I’m name-dropping – or the bands performing at this gig, you ain’t living. This is real music for real people.
FROM PRESS RELEASE:
“The Black Jesus Experience bring the sounds of Ethiopia, combined with 5 continents of funk to the Melbourne massive. In 2012 BJX played to crowds at major European festivals including Glastonbury and a tour of Ethiopia! BJX are also the band of choice for the Father of Ethiojazz, Mulatu Astatke, with numerous tours under their belts. This collaboration has been so enjoyable and creative that Mulatu and BJX continue to tour Australia and Europe together and recently won The Age ‘Best Tour’ award.”
“The Afrobiotics are a six piece band that breathe new life into the sounds of West Africa and bring a powerful message of resistance to the next generation of afro-beat. This is afro- beat medicine administered directly to your soul.”
Scatter Scatter #6 is going to explode at the Grace Darling on June 1. Featuring special guest: Ray Lugo (Koloko, Jazz & Milk Recordings, Record Kicks…) alongside Melbourne’s most-studied afro selectahs, DJ Manchild and DJ Jumps, plus the dynamic Public Opinion Sound System, Scatter Scatter #6 is set to be MASSIVE!
If you’re tuning into the Northside website you probably already know Ray Lugo’s credentials…. Direct from NYC, singer, songwriter, Koloko frontman, LES Express leader and more… a true heavyweight of the underground world music scene. If you wanna check ‘what time it is’, don’t miss this very special show, and remember it’s a 150 dancer capacity at the Grace Darling…. so get your (expensive) shit together and get down to the Grace Darling early. If you’re not a dancer… stay at home and listen to Ray’s latest offerings on Soundcloud or check his expansive discography at raylugo.org
We can probably also expect to hear from Ray on Manchild’s radio show, The Breakdown on Friday June 1, 3pm-5pm on PBS106.7FM.
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The weekend is loaded with goodness! Friday night is BROWN SUGAR at the Lounge and Saturday night is another SCATTER SCATTER in the Grace Darling Basement. It’s great to see the funk back at the Lounge after such a long hiatus, and it’s coming back full force with the likes of Ennio Styles (RRR), Manchild (PBS, POAO + Northside) , Zack Rampage (PBS) and DJ Geezey (Wax Museum + The Dojo) – it’s gonna be an all-city party!
Saturday night is looking large as well… Beat Suite is on at the Melbourne Recital Centre (featuring Aloe Blacc, Lance Ferguson and many more), and when you’re done with sitting down there’s relief – non-stop dancing with afro, cumbia and tropical disco action at the Grace Darling. Scatter Scatter #5 features the mysterious ‘Scatter Scatter House Band’, with DJs Future Roots and Manchild. This Scatter Scatter is highly anticipated after the disappointment of the last event being cancelled, so get in early. And a heads up to all the Afro-beat lovers – Scatter Scatter #6 coming up on June 1 will feature NYC’s Ray Lugo (Koloko). Watch this space… or check the Scatter Scatter facebook thing. Scatter Scatter!!
This Friday is Scatter Scatter time again. Guests for Scatter Scatter #3 are Saca La Mois DJ!! (Cumbia Cosmonauts),
The Public Opinion Sound System (LIVE), DJ Mel (Uruguay) and DJ Manchild (POAO + The Breakdown, PBS).
Afro Funk, Island Disco, Cumbia and more. Til late! Let the rhythms take you to the truth ~ Mother Africa!