Inspired by the infectious afro-beat music of Nigeria and its neighbours, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra delivers contemporary African funk to Australian dancefloors. This mammoth ensemble comprises musicians hand-picked from Melbourne’s music scene.
The afro-beat movement of the 60’s and 70’s is making a worldwide resurgence in live venues and clubs alike. The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra’s powerful MCs and tribal rhythms are the modern- day “musical weapon” that Fela Kuti conceived of. Their conscious lyrics and West African grooves are relevant today, while remaining faithful to the message of afro-beat.
The group is the brainchild of Zvi Belling, Ethan Hill (DJ Manchild) and Tristan Ludowyk who are long- time friends and musical collaborators, each with vast and diverse musical backgrounds to draw upon. The band’s directors recently travelled to Africa to promote the new single and recorded with African hip hop stars Tumi (South Africa) and Modenine (Nigeria). These artists feature on the band’s ARIA-nominated album “Do Anything Go Anywhere”, which was accompanied by a sold-out 12” vinyl release.
Performance highlights include opening the Melbourne International Arts Festival (2008), WOMADelaide featuring Tumi (2010) and the Perth International Arts Festival (2011).