Return show at The Curtin

On Wednesday January 25th (public holiday eve) we’re bringing our huge 16 piece line-up back to The Curtin Hotel. Expect the usual high energy and percussion driven beats, a wall of dancers and vocalists, hypnotic guitars, and a powerful horn section. Expect to lose yourself on the dancefloor. Expect the show to sell out, so don’t sleep on tickets!


Last Headline Show For 2016

Transcontinental Vibrations presents:
After Party with TRUE VIBENATION (Sydney)

Transcontinental Vibrations and The Night Cat presents one of Melbourne’s most highly acclaimed bands The POAO and guests, plus an after party with Sydney’s hip hop/producer/horn trio True Vibenation. A very special event that is not to be missed!
Doors Open at 8:00pm and Live music till 2:45am

Inspired by the infectious afro-beat music of Nigeria and its neighbours, The POAO delivers contemporary African funk to Australian dancefloors. This mammoth ensemble comprises musicians hand-picked from Melbourne’s music scene.
The experience and creativity of these established musicians energises the group’s original compositions and the sound of the entire band is a force to be reckoned with. The POAO’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.
Performance highlights include opening the Melbourne International Arts Festival (2008), WOMADelaide featuring Tumi (2010) and the Perth International Arts Festival (2011).


It’s been a crazy ride since Sydney hip hop/producer/horn trio True Vibenation put out their second album ‘ON’. They hit the touring circuit hard, selling out their Sydney launch and playing to packed venues across Australia. Word quickly spread and it wasn’t long before they were on the plane to Africa for their first international tour, playing in front of thousands with main stage festival appearances and selling our their first international headline show in Maputo.

Made up of twins * VULI* and Moody and childhood friend Klue, the inner-west Sydney trio have developed a strong following thanks to a live show which revels in making you dance in a semi ?special?, unselfconscious way and songs that combine infectious hooks and razor sharp raps with roaring horns and genre-bending electronic beats. They even have a self- made instrument that literally turns audience members into human drum machines!

Their compositions range from conscious, soulful hip hop to post-Brainfeeder type bass music, to afro-funk/hip hop fusions that bring the brass skills in to play, all rolled up with high IQ and a big dose of creative fun. True Vibe have built solid foundations.” Tony Edwards, The Brag

“The diversity of material, easy stage presence, and sheer musicality was on display for all to see, these guys have got mad skills, the sky’s the limit…. these guys are the complete package, combining effortless flows with a full on ‘live’ show.”Piri Rutherford, OrangePress

Let Them Stay

In response to the atrocious handling of people seeking asylum in Australia, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra have recorded a live video in a stand of solidarity with refugees and all those being held in detention. 

The video is an adaptation of Sorrow Tears and Blood, the iconic song by afro-beat pioneer Fela Kuti, who originally penned the tune about the Nigerian military storming his home and community, where the violent assault led to the death of his mother. 

In this rendition of the tune, the brutal lyrics have been refocused on the goings on at Manus and Nauru. The song begins with bloody description of the Manus riots and continues to condemn both major parties’ immigration policies and the politics behind them. 

In true afro-beat  tradition, the song runs for over 13 minutes – the lyrics start 5 minutes in to the track for those who want to get to the heart of the matter.

The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra will perform this Sunday at Federation Square for the commencement of Refugee Week and Friday June 24th at The Curtin Bandroom.

 Tickets for the Curtin show are available here.


Everybody run run run
Everybody scatter scatter
Refugee they protest
Someone nearly die
Someone just die
Police riot squad they come
Confusion everywhere

That is Manus Island
Where they killed Barati
Protection for guilty
Australia do nothing
Morrison condemn the violence
While secretly smiling
He say he’ll stop the boats
But the boat they still come

They leave sorrow tears and blood
(Them regular trademark)
They leave sorrow tears and blood
(Them regular trademark)


La la, la la
Government treat us like fools
They pull the wool over our eyes
They use fear to shock and distract us
Distract us from what's important
Media they do the same
Call them illegal immigrants
Too much fear and politics
We no protect the vulnerable
We always get reason to fear
We fear terrorist, we fear immigrant
I can’t get job, I blame immigrant}
I can’t buy house, I blame immigrant
I can’t get job, I blame immigrant

Someone set themself on fire we no go talk
Children are being abused in the name of government policy
Manus Island they do their own

They leave sorrow tears and blood
(Them regular trademark)
They leave sorrow tears and blood
(Them regular trademark)


Come Together Festival – Eltham

Last year we had the pleasure of performing at the inaugural Come Together festival. It’s a whole day of live music up at Edendale Farm in Eltham, with proceeds going to the Beyond Blue foundation, an organisation that works to reduce the impact of anxiety and depression on people’s lives.

We’re proud to be invited back for the second year of the festival, and to be able to support such a cause and to be part of what was a great day of community. Tickets are very reasonable with adults $35 and children under 16 only $5! Plus we have a special discount to POAO fans if you enter the code 90001 during checkout you receive $5 off adult tickets.

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Monash “Sounds of Summer”

We’re playing a free show at Bogong Reserve (Bogong Avenue, Glen Waverley) as part of the Monash Sounds of Summer concert series. As part of the show there’ll be a dance workshop from 6pm, with the orchestra performing 7-8pm. Hope to see some familiar faces there – for some music, food and fun!

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.

A Concert In Support Of David Marama

The Melbourne music family and African communities come together for a massive concert to celebrate David Marama’s brilliant contribution to live music in Melbourne. Dave is a key member of The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and also performs with many other bands in town, including all of those on the line up.

The event features The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Ray Pereira’s Afro-Lankan drum ensemble and the township jazz sounds of the Royal Swazi Spa with all proceeds donated to Marama as he recovers from a recent illness. Tickets are available from moshtix.

Highly regarded and well respected in the community, David is an accomplished multi-award winning artist originally from Malawi/Tanzania and has performed alongside some of the world’s best musicians in Africa and Australia. With an illustrious career spanning over more than three decades, his distinctive and ubiquitous guitar playing style can be heard on many fine African recordings.

The Public Opinion Six support Quarter Street album launch

The Public Opinion Six are supporting the album launch of another band from the HopeStreet Recordings label. It’ll be a fiery night of hot afrobeat and heavy salsa.  The show is next Thursday Sept 3rd and you can buy tickets online.

Quarter Street take you to the heart of classic salsa inspired by the raw sounds of New York in the 70’s and the passion of Salsa luminaries such as Eddie Palmieri and Ray Barreto. Quarter Street revive an era where the music of the streets resonated with the voice of the people. Salsa dura was born on the mean streets of New York in the 70’s now it’s back. Quarter Street take their cues from the seminal record labels Fania and Tico Records and charge straight ahead at the 21st century. There’s been a lot of rough and real analog funk, soul and afro vinyl material released in the last couple of decades but few have flown the flag for the revival of hard-out analog latin music. Quarter Street are doing it. With supports from Public Opinion 6 and Emma Peel, you don’t want to miss this afro/salsa explosion on Thursday 3rd September.

HopeStreet’s Label of Love Show at Shadow Electric

As part of the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival’s ‘Label of Love’ series, HopeStreet Recordings takes over The Shadow Electric for one night only to launch The Cactus Channel’s latest odyssey of late night lo-fi instrumentalism, Woodend, and kick off the band’s national tour. Woodend is equal parts road movie and horror movie soundtrack, and marks the beginning of an ongoing filmic collaboration between The Cactus Channel and Point Cool films.

Joining the Cactus Cuties in celebration will be the kings of Afrobeat/Afrofunk The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and soul-twang shack shakers, The Meltdown. With Cactus Channel DJs filling in the gaps, the night will bring the full breadth of The HopeStreet Recordings catalogue to The Shadow Electric: from Afro to cinema-soul to country-fried Hammond soul. All written and recorded in Melbourne, all original, all featuring that Super Nice Vibe HopeStreet vinyl is famous for. Good times guaranteed.


Community Cup

We’re proud to announce that we’ll be performing at the Reclink Community Cup on Sunday June 21st.  For those that aren’t familiar with it, it’s a sporting match that sees 2 teams of musicians and music industry types come together for a match that has grown to be huge. Last year they raised $100,000 which goes towards enhancing the lives of people around Australia experiencing disadvantage and targets some of the community’s most vulnerable and isolated people – those experiencing mental illness, disability, homelessness, substance abuse, addiction, and social and economic hardship.