New 7″ single “Mr Clean” and tour dates

The new 7″ is dropping worldwide in September, available on vinyl and digital through HopeStreet Recordings.

We’re hitting the road to celebrate with a string of shows coming up, including the Cairns Festival, The Oxford Arts Factory (Syd), The Corner Hotel (Melb), Hotel Gearins (Katoomba) and the Bellingen Global Carnival.

In Sydney and Katoomba we’re joined by our NSW peers, The Liberators, whose recently released their debut self titled album on Italian based label Record Kicks to worldwide acclaim, including a plug in Rolling Stone Magazine.  In Melbourne, label-mates The Bombay Royale are supporting and are also launching their own 7″ on the same night!  Also in Melbourne we have high school super band The Cactus Channel, whose earlier release on HopeStreet Pepper Snake is already impossible to find.

So hope to see you at a show soon, and look out for the record available from all good record stores in Australia, UK, US and other parts of the world.  Or from or iTunes.

Live album available for free download

We’ve posted a whole album’s worth of songs recorded live at Bluesfest 2011. You can download it all for free, but we ask you to join our mailing list in return.


Byron Bay Bluesfest

It’s not far away now! We’re playing at what’s undoubtedly the biggest roots music festival in the country.  Catch TPOAO on the Jambalaya Stage on Sunday 24th and Monday 25th April (the same stage as George Clinton!!)

But we hope you have your tickets already, as it’s all sold out.  Check out the Byron Bay Bluestfest.

T-Shirts available now

These babies just arrived and are in limited stock (for now) with only 100 for sale.  The shirts are a lightweight fabric – quality items made by AS Colour.  The front has the “hippo-man” from the album cover (shown left) and the back has The POAO logo on the neck (in dark grey also).

If you want to order one direct from the band head to our Web Store and for other items check our page on Music Plug.

Jazz Rooms Xmas Party

A new arrival on the Melbourne funk scene, Jazz Rooms has taken off .  Since we played at the launch earlier in the year they’ve been bringing some of the finest to the Order of Melbourne, including Mulatu Astatke and bollywood renegades The Bombay Royale.  This looks like it will be our last club show for the year, so don’t miss it!

Appearing at the Perth International Arts Festival

We’re pleased to announce our WA debut at PIAF, with a sideshow down south.  TPOAO is playing Saturday February 26th at the Beck’s Music Box as well as the following Sunday at The Great Southern in Borden.

It’s a great line-up – we’ll be playing the same stage as Roy Ayers and Jack Dejohnette!

Scatter Scatter – Voodoo Afro-funk night in Melbourne

PBS 106.7FM and The Public Opinion have joined forces to present Scatter Scatter: Voodoo Afro-funk on Saturday October 30th at the Hi Fi.

Scatter Scatter takes you back to 1970’s Lagos and the birth of afrobeat, shaking it ’til dawn at Fela Kuti’s ‘Afrika Shrine’ nightclub.  It’s all about this hypnotic music and dance movement that combines West African highlife and traditional rhythms with funk, jazz and a powerful political message.

Scatter Scatter brings you the finest afro-crate-digging DJ’s Manchild, Systa BB, Mr Fish & Future Roots, playing the hardest classic and contemporary afro-funk as well as some of Australia’s deepest African-influenced bands and live acts.  For the launch party we are joined by Melbourne’s own 17 piece afrobeat heavyweights The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra live on stage, performing songs from their recent ARIA nominated debut album ‘Do Anything Go Anywhere’.

Live African voodoo dance and drumming acts will perform on the night in the scatter market place so paint ya face, get ya beads on n’ head down to Scatter Scatter, Melbourne’s first afrobeat club night! Tickets $15 @ the door. Doors 9pm.

Extra info:

The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra: Inspired by the infectious afro-beat music of Nigeria and its neighbours, POAO delivers contemporary African funk to Australian dancefloors. The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra’s powerful MCs and tribal rhythms are the modern-day “musical weapon” that remain faithful to the message of afro-beat.

Mr Fish: The sounds of his birthplace, the Reunion Islands and his travels through France and the rest of Europe have shaped the sound of Mr Fish.  After landing in Melbourne in 2005 he has been expanding minds on the dancefloor as part of the Uber Lingua Collective with his trademark no-boundaries DJ sets.

Systa BB: Systa BB has been at the forefront of global and electronic music in Melbourne since 1993 with ground-breaking radio shows on PBS and RRR coupled with her writing for various print and online publications.  Her DJ sets are a journey through electronic, global fusion and traditional beats. Check RRR 102.7, Tuesdays, 2-4pm.

DJ Manchild: A long-time fan of Afrobeat and Afro-funk DJ Manchild is a founding member and co-director of The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra.  Digging for 45’s in Lagos in 2008 helped sharpen the direction of his West-African influenced dancefloor sets and his show The Breakdown, every Friday between 3-5pm on PBS 106.7.

Future Roots: Future Roots fuses ancient traditional rhythms with contemporary electronic production and instrumentation. The music played by Future Roots reflects a rich life journey that has allowed him to have seen and connected with many cultures and ways of life through travel and music.

“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