Dereb The Ambassador launches new EP at The Corner on 22/01/15



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Dereb Desalegn is well known on the streets of Addis Ababa as one of Ethiopia’s most respected singers, and since moving to Australia has taken the music world by storm.

After a brief hiatus his band ‘Dereb the Ambassador’ make a long awaited return with the release of their new single ‘Fikera’ from the forthcoming EP ‘Dereb The Ambassador Volume II’. ‘Fikera delivers more of the hard- hitting Ethiopian soul the band are renowned for, but this time with a gritty dancehall inspired twist. 

The Public Opinion Six, the concentrated version of the well known ‘Public Opinion Afro Orchestra’ and reggae, dancehall greats Mista Savona along with a new breed of Eastern electro acoustic music – Bashka and ‘DJ Manchild’ round out the bill – making this one of the standout gigs of the year and not to be missed.

Espy Show Aug 16th

Since our last headline shows have been in Brunswick, we thought it was time to head back southside.  Get down at the Espy for a FREE show with two bands that represent our 2 great loves – old school hip hop by way of The Psyde Projects and the afro-funk styles of The Seven Ups.


 Things kick off at 9pm.

New track: The System

We’re really proud of this new track, hope you enjoy.  With vocals from Lamine Sonko, it’s fiery from the get go.  The track is only available direct from us/HopeStreet Recordings via the player above – download it now and get a collection of 25 live photos as a bonus.

Cesar from Blank Tape Music also shot a mini-documentary when we were in the studio recently, check it out!

Studio Interview

This interview was shot during the the 2012 recording sessions where the band put down several new songs. The System is the first to come out of these sessions, with some physical and digital releases scheduled in 2013.  Can’t wait for you to hear the rest of it!

In this short interview some of the band’s vocalists (Lamine Sonko, Kuukua Acquah, Fem Belling and Aaron Stephanus aka. ‘1/6’) tell of what the band is to them and the power of afro-beat music.

It takes a lot of time and money to record a 17 piece band and keep it on the road, so if you like the track in the video and feel like contributing please buy a copy direct from bandcamp below, thanks!



Intimate Show at The Shadow Electric Bar

Presented by The Shadow Electric Bar and Abbotsford Convent

The Good Hustle is a hand picked, diamond encrusted showcase of contemporary artists set over 6 intimate nights.

Featuring: Worlds End Press, Collarbones, Lost Animal, Harmony, The Woohoo Revue, Geoffrey O’Conner, The Harlots, Olympia, Kira Peru and the Bruise, Teeth and Tongue, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Cactus Channel, Melatonin, Clubfeet DJ’s, and Sex on Toast.

The first show kicks off November 3rd with Geoffrey O’Connor / Lost Animal and Club Feet Dj’s

Each show presents as an intimate double header, offering an up close encounter with some of Melbourne’s best performers in a unique location.

Local filmmakers WHOBYFIRE will record and edit songs from each performance, the exclusive works to be distributed online via in the week following the shows. This is a
chance to catch these incredible acts in what will live on as series of iconic live footage.

The Good Hustle is presented and filmed on a purpose built set in an 18th Century former Industrial School at The Abbotsford Convent. The setting provides for a truly unique staging of live music.

All events are licensed and pre sale tickets allocations are strictly limited to an audience of 200.

Doors are open from 6pm, music, performances, food and drinks will be flowing until midnight. A requirement of entry to the venue will be the willingness to sign an image release agreement, enabling audience members to appear as a backdrop in the filming of the performances.

The Shadow Electric Bar will be open from 1pm serving up savory and dessert crepes, beers, chocolate, cheese, wines, spirits and cocktails all day and all of the night.

Ping Pong will be available across a generous meterage of tables throughout Nov and Dec.

The Good Hustle is proudly presented by The Shadow Electric and the Abbotsford Convent in association with, PBS FM, Whobyfire and Vice Magazine.

Brand new track + free download!

Recorded in the same session as Mr Clean, this track was also recorded to 8 track tape.  This was actually the first session put down on this tape machine after it was recently acquired by HopeStreet.  The vocals were put down after the band put down the takes, but that still required 13 something musicians playing live to 8 track.

The vocals were put down by Kuukua, Lydia and Fem, with all the intensity and vibe that we’ve come to expect.  This is a pretty straight up track, it’s about getting it on on the floor.

How Long It Go Take (Mr Moonshine Dub)

Moonshine (of The Psyde Projects) has just released this remix of our track How Long It Go Take, download it FREE below!  Just click the down arrow on the right..

Stay tuned for news on brand new tracks from The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra later in 2012!  Meanwhile, enjoy the dub goodness

“Do Anything Go Anywhere” receives ARIA nomination

The debut album from TPOAO has been nominated for the World Music ARIA.  The Australian Recording Industry Association presents several awards annually to artists in a selection of genre categories as well as chart-based categories.  It’s a great honour just to be nominated, especially alongside four other acclaimed artists. Stay tuned to see how we fare – winners are announced early November.


Awesome review in Rave Magazine!

Since Fela Kuti’s 1970 afrobeat revolution, the movement has come a long way from Lagos’ Afrika Shrine nightclub – perhaps moreso geographically than musically.

From across Africa (and the globe) Melbourne’s 20-strong Public Opinion Afro Orchestra stay true to afrobeat’s roots while adding a modern hip hop flourish. Future Africa is more trad – jazz, funk and big band brass held together by pulsating polyrhythmic percussion and punctuated with short blooms of female vocal harmony. Were it not for DJ Manchild’s occasional scratch and jump this track could be from the original revolution. On the other side is title track Do Anything Go Anywhere, featuring South African hip hop legend Tumi Molekane rapping over bongos, Wurlitzer and bass, with flashes of brass and chorus.

The album’s lyrics, both rapped and sung are forward-looking and the music is made to lift both the spirit and the arse – to the dance floor. Fela would be proud.

Review by Nils Hay

The Strides + POAO: The Basement (28.05.10)

Tonight was an afro-beat extravaganza at the Basement. For those who aren’t familiar with this type of music, as the name suggests, it borrows heavily from African music – with laid back, funky rhythms and syncopated, melodic guitar lines.

The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra are possibly the largest band to ever grace the small stage of the Basement. With about 16 members, they were an explosion of colour and energy. They combine influences of jazz and funk with African style rhythms and melodies to produce an original sound.

I particularly liked the matching outfits and dance moves of the three lovely (and very talented) female singers, and was pleasantly surprised that I recognised one track that they played (“Future Africa”). All in all it was an energetic and entertaining set that captivated the crowd from start to finish.

Although The Strides seem to share some of the influences of Public Opinion, they are a totally different beast all together (I use that as a term of endearment).

Drawing from dub, reggae and hip hop (as well as afro-beat), The Strides seem to have more of an international sound. And with four amazing vocalists, horn solos to die for and a rock solid rhythm section, they are one of the best bands I’ve seen in a long time.

What really made this set for me, were the different vocalists. Going from Ras Roni’s smooth Jamaican tones to the sultry voice of Michelle Martinez gave the set great variation. Not to mention the driving rhymes of the band’s MC, Geo; which seemed to cause a riot every time he opened his mouth.

Both the bands on the bill tonight were world class and if you ever get the chance to see either of them, I would highly recommend it!

Review by Jeremy Toulin