A Big Wicked Party in the Jungle

On Thursday Mar 28th (Good Friday Eve) The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra will be appearing at The LuWow in Fitzroy for a night of funky afro-beat. In their two blistering sets expect fiery dancing to furious drums and percussion, a blazing 5 piece horn section, and some deep hypnotic grooves.

Going for the record for the most number of performers on stage at The LuWow (17!) they’ll be joined by DJ Mr Watusi to keep the party going til late.

Tickets only $10 at the door!

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 themusic.com.au 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 themusic.com.au, 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

Scatter Scatter is back – twice!

The Scatter Scatter Tropical Discotheque is back with two big August shows at The Prince! Get down to nothing but the deepest afro grooves and tropical funk

The first installment sees the triumphant return of The Shaolin Afronauts, launching their new LP ‘Quest Under Capricorn’. Alongside them will be local afro cats Papa Chango playing tracks from their recent album ‘The Matador’.  The Public Opinion Sound System with MC’s N’fa & 1/6 will bring their percussive dancefloor fire.

The second part features The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra plus psychedelic cumbia beats from The Cumbia Cosmonauts.  On both nights DJ’s Manchild and Jumps will keep it bubbling with the deepest from their heavy african, island and columbian funk crates.



with special guests
and DJs Manchild & Jumps

Friday 10th August
Doors 9:00pm
Buy tickets at Moshtix



with special guests
and DJs Manchild & Jumps

Friday 31st August 2012
Doors 9:00PM
Buy tickets at Moshtix

Voodoo Shake!

This FREE event, kick’s off this monthly ritual @ the beast , with focus on live (an undead) music with Melbourne finest afro and funk band s laying down super heavy hip shaking grooves , backed up by a stable of supernatural dj’s…………….

The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra

Future Roots

DJ Chris Gill


stay tuned for Voodoo Shake every month!


Afro-beat at the football

A couple of weeks ago we had the pleasure of performing at the MCG, Victoria’s largest arena, as part of the AFL’s Multicultural Round.  Our song Do Anything Go Anywhere was also featured on their TV commercial and other media.  There were 65,000 people in attendance on the night – quite a day!

The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra presents Scatter Scatter: a tropical disco warehouse party … April 14 !!

The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra is onboard and playing live at the next installment of the Scatter Scatter Tropical Disco. Over the past few months DJ Manchild and The Public Opinion Sound System have gotten Melbourne warmed up to the tropical disco sounds of Scatter Scatter with a series of sweaty, percussion-driven, dancefloor-burning parties. Guests such as Jumps, Chris Gill and Saca La Mois DJ! (Cumbia Cosmonauts) joined forces with them to bring nothing but the heaviest afro-funk, the deepest Island disco, the fieriest Colombian salsa and the most mind-bending cumbia.

Now the time has come however, to summon the furious afro-storm that is The Public Opinion, calling them to whip the masses into a frenzy at a special Tropical Discotheque style club show at Triple Two Warehouse. They have been busy preparing new songs, waiting to them to unleash upon the unsuspecting dancers down at Scatter Scatter.

Support comes from Congo Tardis #1 who have been making waves both here and abroad with their self-titled debut EP. Taking elements of the tropical and tribal rhythms of Africa and South America, they weave them together with new club sounds such as Kwaito, Dancehall and Shangaan Electro creating a distinct sound that is theirs alone. They will be playing a late night club set to ensure the party continues until you just can’t move no more. Check them out at congotardis1.com

Also assisting will be DJ’s Manchild and Mr Fish (Reunion Island). Mr Fish brings his own unique take on new afro-grooves that are emerging from Africa and Europe. With one foot in the roots and another firmly in the future he always one step ahead of the game.

So take a cruise (sorry, no real boats), grab a tropical cocktail (actually available!) and kick it under a palm tree (fake but pretty realistic) on the 14th of April; it doesn’t what the weather is like outside, you know at the Scatter Scatter Tropical Disco it will be hot, hot, hot…

This is one party that you do not want to miss!

Scatter Scatter: A Tropical Disco Warehouse Party
feat. The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Congo Tardis #1, Mr Fish and DJ Manchild
Saturday 14th April – Triple two Warehouse, 222 Johnson St, Collingwood. From 9pm onwards
Tickets only available on the door so get down early!!

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April 14 @ Triple Two Warehouse, 222 Johnson St Collingwood VIC

April 14 @ Triple Two Warehouse, 222 Johnson St Collingwood VIC