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This release, exclusively available on vinyl, is our debut and features The Poet MC Tumi who we recorded with in 2009 on a musical pilgrimage to Nigeria and South Africa. We brought Tumi to Australia to perform with us at both the 12" launch at The Hifi and in 2010 at WOMADelaide and our album launch at The Prince Bandroom.

Digital bundle includes radio edits of both tracks, not available elsewhere

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released December 1, 2009

Boitumelo 'Tumi' Molekane (vocals), Aaron '1/6' Stephanus (vocals), Kuukua Acquah (vocals), Lydia 'Stonesy' Acquah (vocals), Fem Belling (vocals), David Marama (guitar/vocals), Julian Goyma (drums), Zvi Belling (bass), Simon Edwards (guitar/guitar solo), John McAll (wurlitzer), Nui Moon (conga), Luis Poblete (conga/shekere/sticks), DJ Manchild (turntables), Tristan Ludowyk (trumpet/woodblock), Declan Jones (trumept/trumpet solo), Nick Lester (alot sax/bariton sax solo), Peter Slipper (trombone) & Andy Williamson (baritone sax)

Two Sides of the Truth composed by T. Ludowyk, B. Molekane, Z. Belling, J. Goyma, N. Lester & D. Jones

Do Anything Go Anywhere composed by Z. Belling, B. Molekane, T. Ludowyk & A. Stephanus

Recorded at The Shed Recording Studio by John Castle & HopeStreet Studios by Tristan Ludowyk.

Mixed at HopeStreet Studios by Zvi Belling, Ethan Hill & Tristan Ludowyk.

Mastered at Stepford Audio by David Walker.

Produced by Zvi Belling, Ethan Hill & Tristan Ludowyk.

Artwork by Suzie Bates
Photography by Bonniee Savage Photography
Layout by Lani Fender

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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: 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: Do Anything Go Anywhere
(Spoken) This one go for my people back home,
Do anything, go anywhere; do nothing you go nowhere

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

1/6:
(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