Artist info

Genre

Hip Hop, Roots


Sounds like

Antibalas, Fela Anikulapo Kuti


band members

NFA (vocals), 1/6th (vocals), Kuukua Acqua (vocals), Lydia Acqua (vocals), David Marama (vocals/guitar), Simon Edwards (guitar), Zvi Belling (bass), Nui Moon (perc), Julian Goyma (drums), John McAll (keys), Ethan Hill/DJ Manchild (decks), Tristan Ludowyk (trumpet), Andy Williamson (sax), Nick Lester (sax), Declan Jones (trumpet) and Peter Slipper (trombone)


Influences

Fela Kuti


Unearthed artists we like

Chantal Mitvalsky, The Cactus Channel, ILLZILLA, LABJACD


Bio

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 up to twenty musicians hand-picked from Melbourne’s African, jazz & hip-hop scenes. 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 afro-beat movement of the 60’s and 70’s is making a resurgence worldwide in live venues and clubs alike. The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra combines these North African rhythms with hip-hop which has recently become a major force in Australian music and culture. 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 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 will feature on the band's upcoming debut album, which will be accompanied by a 12” vinyl release. The band’s current single is “Future Africa” features N’fa and 1/6th and was recorded and mixed by Andy Baldwin in New York.

Unearthed in 2010

The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra

Congratulations to our 2010 Big Day Out winners!

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Reviewed by Hau Latukefu Hau Latukefu

16 Mar 2009

Triple J
40

Now this is what I'm talking about. Sure it's not predominately a hip hop tune, but it has hip hop elements. Whatever you want to call it though - afro beat hip hop world music - it's damn refreshing. The Fela Kuti inspiration shines through heavily, but it has an Australian touch. Established local MC, N'fa, does what does best which is to rhyme with conviction and positivt...

Now this is what I'm talking about. Sure it's not predominately a hip hop tune, but it has hip hop elements. Whatever you want to call it though - afro beat hip hop world music - it's damn refreshing. The Fela Kuti inspiration shines through heavily, but it has an Australian touch. Established local MC, N'fa, does what does best which is to rhyme with conviction and positivty which helps drive the song's power and celebration. Culture in effect!

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Reviewed by Steph Hughes Steph Hughes

16 Mar 2009

Triple J
40

Awesome. Great to hear! Probably amazing to see. Great afro-beat propping up a patchwork of amazing artists. Cool to see all it complimentary, no clashing. Gotta experience this in all its live dance-able glory.

Awesome. Great to hear! Probably amazing to see. Great afro-beat propping up a patchwork of amazing artists. Cool to see all it complimentary, no clashing. Gotta experience this in all its live dance-able glory.

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Reviewed by Richard Kingsmill Richard Kingsmill

29 Mar 2009

Triple J
40

I love good afro-beat stuff. I love this.

I love good afro-beat stuff. I love this.