Do Anything Go Anywhere

by The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra

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"Get your hips ready for some serious shaking" - BEAT

The power of Afrobeat, sizzling funk, righteous hip hop, rootsy grooves and 20 of the hottest musicians from Melbourne's booming music scene, all come together on the sublime debut by The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra.

Hot on the heels of their impeccable vinyl-only release Two
Sides of the Truth/Do Anything Go Anywhere, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra have made an album to command the attention of world music fans, hip hop aficionados, jazz cats, funk and soul freaks and indie hipsters alike.

There are strong echoes of the Afrobeat movement from the 1960s-70s, as well as the influences of the African diaspora in Australia over the past decade, yet this is boundary free, totally modern music that sounds as fresh in the clubs as on the streets of Melbourne where it was born.

Do Anything Go Anywhere delivers seven irresistibly loose-limbed, exotic jams which resonate with ferocious grooves, positive messages, conscious hip hop and gutsy soul. Lyrical odes to the power of resistance and the spirit of the African and Australian people hit home with smoking hot sing song vocals, heavy duty horns, gritty guitar grooves, jazzy solos, all snaking out on top of the infectious polyrhythms of the percussion section.

In 2009, the core members of The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra travelled to Africa to immerse themselves in the roots of Afrobeat and record the basis of Do Anything Go Anywhere. They jammed with family members of Fela Kuti at Lagos, Nigeria's Afrika Shrine nightclub (the home of Fela Kuti's Afrobeat revolution in the 1970s), collaborated with local Nigerian hip hop stars Modenine and Terry Tha Rapman, and journeyed to South Africa to record with rising hip hop star Tumi.

Back in Australia, the ever-rotating roster of the Orchestra poured into the studio to lay down the grooves and unique voices of Do Anything Go Anywhere. The Orchestra lineup includes African expats, local hip hop and funk merchants and the cream of the Melbourne jazz scene. The explosive result is Do Anything Go Anywhere, one of the most electrifying, inspiring and unique records you'll hear all year.

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released 04 March 2010

Mixed by Zvi Belling, Ethan Hill & Tristan Ludowyk at HopeStreet Studios
Gratefully acknowledged contribution by Simon Russell & John Castle

Produced by Zvi Belling, Ethan Hill & Tristan Ludowyk
Mastered by David Walker at Stepford Audio

Original artwork by CAM Craig Anthony Miller

Photography by Bonnie Savage Photography

Graphic design by CAM Craig Anthony Miller

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The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra Melbourne, Australia

Inspired by the infectious afro-beat music of Nigeria and its neighbours, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra delivers contemporary African funk to Australian dancefloors. The band’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. ... more

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Track Name: How Long It Go Take
The beef that I’ve got never stays in the pot
And the place that I’m from is crazy hot
Police on the streets they amaze me not
I couldn’t get a damn about the lazy lot
Everybody cash strapped for the deal how far
While some drive big cars livin’ like stars
Never comin’ down to Earth they livin’ on Mars
Well they really should be behind bars
Joro jira joro they increase my sorry
The hunger my stomach hollow
The rest them follow follow
Everybody don’t talk to zombie flesh-eater
Ready for a better day when life will be sweeter
Now they rob Paul just to pay Peter
Price of petrol scary per litre

[How long it go take]
Before civilisation’s killing the maize fields
[How long it go take]
‘Til starvation and AIDS leave villages vacant
[How long it go take]
Before we get killed for political statements
Against presidents who belittled their nations
For millions they didn’t really own in the first place
[How long it go take]
For the third world to reach the first rate
[How long it go take]
Before we realise our actions leave the Earth raped
[How long it go take]
‘Til me and mine get ours
Linked with the tic of the toc just to get power
The minute that the seconds connect the best hour

[How long it go take, how long we go for wait]
[How long it go take, how long we go for wait]
repeat

[How long it go take, how long we go for wait]
[How long it go take, how long we go for wait]
repeat

Confusing questions in my mind
Looking for a way to free my mind
Common man they ask: why why why?
Government just dey lie lie lie
Poor man dey suffer
Times dey are tougher
Rich men they fly for him helicopter
I hear your laughter I think we ought to
Change places like the prince and the pauper
Stress, poverty killed my mother
And they wonder we kill one another
Jealousy we dey every one another
Don’t test me be vexed from hunger
Like Femi Kuti I just did wonder
How the hell we keep from going under
Mr President I ain’t gettin’ younger
I wanna blow up like a suicide bomber
Track Name: Two Sides of the Truth
We no hear your lying
We no hear your lying
We no hear your lying
We no hear your lying
repeat

Hey we see the world through the eyes of a new-born you warn fool with disguises
It’s a new dawn full moon risin’ with you two sides of the truth you lyin’
You don’t wanna be the crooked cop that took those shots and made a younger drop
You wanna get the looks you got when crooks get caught for runnin’ drugs on blocks
Look we see the world through the eyes of a baby ‘n’ they say you shouldn’t try it
This is daybreak and who can deny it with you two sides of the truth you lyin’
You don’t wanna be a bitch to the boys, promiscuous broad, a vixen, a whore
You wanna be sittin’ alone in sync with your soul and feel like you’re whole
Dreamin’ and reachin’ your goals cos even just dreamin’ is equal to gold

We see the world through the eyes of an infant imprint left on my mind
It’s a different world we in now, with you two sides of the truth they lyin’
They don’t wanna be the high low shelves and the far low wells of a buy and sell life
They wanna be the Michael Phelps, the highs are felt when you prize yourself right
Dreamin’ and reaching your goals, cos even just dreamin’ is equal to gold
We see the world through the eyes of a youth reduced to salutin’ their environment
These are the rules you should abide by: see two sides of the truth then bye bye

We no hear your lying
We no hear your lying
We no hear your lying
We no hear your lying
Track Name: Mumbo Jumbo
You go quench
You go suffer
You no listen
You be happy
And soon it’s gonna be late
We got to stand up for our right
Try to be in the right side
Cos life is your right
Unity is the world key
Let’s live in harmony
One peace one love
How precious is life
You go quench
You go suffer
You no listen
You go happy
Being conscious of yourself
Can lead you in some good manner
Try to remember that my brothers
So you can help up your sister
Open the bottle water fall
Afro-beat we glorify
We glorify, afro-beat we glorify

Let us state quite clearly
What we pledge to the people of Africa
Written in stone and blood
For those that gave their life and soul
For the liberation of our continent
Lest they be forgotten
For the ills you have chosen to take
That wealth goes beyond sacrifice
Bigotry [bigotry], prejudice [prejudice]
Bias [bias], intolerance
Narrow-mindedness, chauvinism
Are words written in gold

[Mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo
Mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo
Mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo
Mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo]

I hear these politicians on their televisions
Transmissions they be talkin’ and wishin’
For us to praise them for all their decisions
Sayin’ the youth shouldn’t love we should all be enlisted
They say we should attack before we all become victims
They in the box seat while get shat on by the pigeons
They cash stocks rise when ours be sinkin’
Fueling fear in our lives ‘til we’re no longer thinking
Linkin’ the stress, propaganda in the press
Congress stands for “con” and “no progress”
Me got open ears but me not no dumbo
You won’t see me fallin’ for they mumbo jumbo it’s

[Mumbo Jumbo]
We love to love while they love to hate
[Mumbo Jumbo]
So we don’t care what them people say
[Mumbo Jumbo]
They can’t trick I with them evil ways
[Mumbo Jumbo]
No chance no time no how no way

repeat

So when will you take the commitment to save?
When will you undertake to build our nations?
Are you pledging to observe transparency?
Do you vow to save and retire
Africa is not a kingdom of thy own
It has diverse minds of great thoughts alike
Play your part rightly
Others will follow the pace
Endowed in our identity
A history so rich and fine

[Mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo
Mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo
Mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo
Mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo]

[Mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo]
Hey say it again
[Mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo]
Afro-beat we glorify
[Mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo]
You go quench you go suffer
[Mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo]
Afro-beat we glorify
[Mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo]
You go quench you go suffer
[Mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo]
You no happy you no listen
[Mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo, mumbo jumbo]
Afro-beat we glorify
Track Name: Do Anything Go Anywhere
Tumi:
One day they forced us back
Drew lines across the maps
They call them borders
We don’t honour, we connect ‘em back

Monday we saw the Alps
Tuesday we saw the outback
They call them borders
We don’t honour, we closin’ the gap

One day they forced us back
Drew lines across the maps
They call them borders
We don’t honour, we connect ‘em back

Monday we saw the Alps
Tuesday we saw the outback
They call them borders
We don’t honour, we closin’ the gap

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(Spoken)Yeah we closin’ the gap
RSA to AUS
The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra meets The Poet MC Tumi
And you know we breaking down geographical borders
In a musical world where you can…

Tumi:
Do anything, go anywhere
Do anything, go anywhere
Do anything, go anywhere
Do anything, go anywhere
Do anything, go anywhere

Yeah they say the pictures rosy
And the thorns of the pricks you vote in
Licks your sores clean
It’s T from the V, the poet mc, I bleed and draw ink
Out the horses mouth like a silent trojan
I’m in, get the doors open
Hordes potent, land on the shores hopin’
For mysterious potion,
That’s the notion
Go where you need to be goin’
Put your feet in the ocean, got to see what the world is
‘Cos it’s worth it, ain’t shit perfect
Work it, right foot first an tread it
Be that person, reaffirm it
Unleash the jesus, don’t just read the sermon
See my purpose, speak them verses
‘Til the people reach precipice

Girls:
Do anything, go anywhere; do nothing you go nowhere
Do anything, go anywhere; do nothing you go nowhere
Do anything, go anywhere; do nothing you go nowhere
Do anything, go anywhere; do nothing you go nowhere

1/6:
Do anything, go anywhere
Do anything, go anywhere
Do anything, go anywhere
Do anything, go anywhere
Do anything, go anywhere

Out the bomb raid
Words set sail on soundwaves
To break all the barriers doubts made
And drown the outrage doused by the crowns who dabbling
Where pain paints tears on a clowns face
And powers are not made, for fear of not having
A crime placed in full view of citizens out in the town space
Glint from the silver spoon stuck in the mouths of babes
The blind, the poor so the sense is outweighed
Train ticket in my front right pocket
Back compartment, passport of cities I’ve left
Brain tickin’ on behind eye sockets
So the stage relate when I dig in the depths
Every lyric expressed is truth
Even the freshest truth will feel the heat when it gets to the cold gates
Even if it’s a different direction
Who’s to say it’s wrong when you’re goin’ your own way
Forced to brave on’ ’til your bones break
Strong is a bold statement that you don’t make
Unless you stay on ’til you grey
Chansons are going to play on ’til your throat aches
Keep on singin’, believe and keep livin’ your dreams, all evidence of more to life
Keep on singin’, believe and keep livin’, no time for sleep when there’s wars to fight
Keep on singin’, believe and keep livin’ your dreams, all evidence of more to life
Keep on singin’, believe and keep livin’, no time for sleep when there’s wars to fight
You can
Do anything, go anywhere
Do anything, go anywhere
Do anything, go anywhere
Do anything, go anywhere


Dave:
Do anything

Girls:
She go break them law

Dave:
Go anywhere

Girls
He go break down door (x 4)

Lydia:
(Spoken) So my brothers, the message I would give you people
Have your own freedom
That’s what I go tell you people
So I can choose for where I go and where I for no go
And second one I go tell he say
See this word, now politician, politician is no good
I go tell he say, we go power hey we can do this, no good do that
They a come out those people, those a no la la, la la people
You go trust yourself before you go trust someone else
Which my brother you dey
And you go trust politician because there no money
So they can say chill before you think you vote for this stupid politician for nothing
That’s how you get this world
This one is straight to the people that themselves Oribo people, Australian people
They can tell me you can everywhere, do everything you want
If you no go anywhere, my brother you go sit one place, destroy
Your foot will rot
This one is for Africans, make sure you have proper power
Where you can stand up for yourselves, say we have our own freedom
Can go anywhere we want, can get anywhere we want, anything

Girls:
Do anything, go anywhere; do nothing you go nowhere
Do anything, go anywhere; do nothing you go nowhere
Do anything, go anywhere; do nothing you go nowhere
Do anything, go anywhere; do nothing you go nowhere