The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra
Hope Street Recordings
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 Hope Street Recordings sound! With Senalgalese 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!
Michael Dwyer, The Age
Seth Jordan, ABC Limelight Magazine
Lynden Barber, The Australian
Tony Hillier, The Australian
Patrick Donovan, The Age