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The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra

The System

Hope Street Recordings

Released: 31st December 2012 | 2 track afrobeat single

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!

"The percussive, horn laden funk monster unleashed by Nigerian afro-beat inventor Fela Kuti in the 1960’s is in good hands with this formidable Melbourne ensemble"
Michael Dwyer, The Age
"Complementing their authentic Afro-beat groove with upfront rapping MCs, sassy female backing vocals and a cracking horn section, the Public Opinion conglomerate creates an irresistible mix…an enticing & proudly funky affair."
Seth Jordan, ABC Limelight Magazine
"Close your eyes and you'd be forgiven for thinking you were hearing an all-black group from Nigeria... impressively authentic"
Lynden Barber, The Australian
"The tradition of sociopolitical commentary and the can-do philosophy, established by the Afrobeat patriarch and carried on by his sons Femi and Seun, are evident ... sounds as if it could have been cut in Lagos rather than in downtown Melbourne."
Tony Hillier, The Australian
"one of the most extraordinary live bands to come out of Melbourne in the past decade"
Patrick Donovan, The Age