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Melbourne’s The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra Play The Basement In May

Written by John Ritchie on April 14, 2010

Melbourne’s the Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and Sydney’s own The Strides play a double bill at the Basement on Friday 28 May.

Releasing their debut album ‘Do Anything Go Anywhere’ last month, the Public Opinion Afro Orchestra are Melbourne’s original Afrobeat Heavyweights, spicing it up with sizzling funk, hip hop and groovy roots in a 20 strong live line up.

The Orchestra lineup includes African expats, local hip hop and funk merchants and the cream of the Melbourne jazz scene and create a modern melting pot of sound with obvious roots in the Afrobeat movement of the 60s and 70s.

Sydney locals The Strides have been making waves around the country with their fresh Afrobeat-reggae sound and a “whole lot of soul.” With recent performances at The Bellingen Global Carnival, The Peats Ridge Festival, as well as supporting Afrobeat legend Tony Allen.

Having now expanded to a 10-piece band featuring a heavy rhythm section and a powerful 3-piece horn section, they forge a form of high energy dance music, as well a laid back dub experience.

Friday 28th May – The Basement
Tickets: www.thebasement.com.au, on sale Thursday 22 April

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