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Australia’s premier afrobeat champions, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, are back! Emerging from their top secret recording bunker, this is their first offering from these recent sessions and you know it's drenched with that beautiful vintage HopeStreet Recordings sound! With Senagalese vocalist/dancer/percussionist Lamine Sonko at the helm, the track is his quest to find a balance in our world between the people and the often misused structure of society.

The System hits hard from the get go, horns grab you then the groove just pulls you in. Sonko’s drums beat out a fiery afro pulse, building heat over a sea of rhythm before the vocals arrive to ask the question “are we human, or the system?”

Shake is a bold, bouncy little dancefloor winner with plenty of sass provided by The Public Opinionettes – Kuukua & Lydia Acquah and Fem Belling. It was recorded in the same session as Mr Clean, a vinyl 7” the band released earlier this year. To cut to the chase, this is a party track – so grab yourself a palm wine, hit that floor and SHAKE!

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released December 5, 2012

drums - Julian Goyma
bass - Zvi Belling
guitar - David Marama
guitar - Simon Edwards
wurlitzer - John McAll
perc - Nui Moon
perc - Ethan Hill
perc - Salvador Persico (on "Shake")
trumpet - Tristan Ludowyk
trumpet - Declan Jones
alto sax - Nick Lester
trombone - Peter Slipper
baritone sax - Andy Williamson
vocals - Kuukua Acquah
vocals - Lydia Acquah
vocals - Fem Belling
vocals/perc - Lamine Sonko



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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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