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The Grand Magoozi album launch

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With strikingly smoky vocals and musings of a world gone sideways, The Grand Magoozi is ready to take hold of The Toff In Town for the release of her debut self-titled album on 24 March.

Recorded live in Melbourne over three days in classic indie muso fashion, the album saw the recruitment of Nick Huggins of Two Bright Lakes and a handful of talented musicians. It features the single The Last Cowboy — an idyllic track sung from the perspective of a city dweller yearning to live the simple, yet hard work lifestyle of the cowboy. The accompanying video features a rather adorable cowboy kid living out his days in a desolate country town.

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☮ ☮ ☮ WiLSON residency concludes this Tuesday 26th NOV @ BONEY ♫ ♫ ♫

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☮ ☮ ☮ WiLSON residency continues – Tues 19th Nov @ BONEY ♫ ♫ ♫

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☮ ☮ ☮ WiLSON residency continues – Tues 12th Nov @ BONEY ♫ ♫ ♫

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☮ ☮ ☮ CUP DAY – NOV 5th @ BONEY ♫ ♫ ♫

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‘Emerge in the West’ Festival, Footscray 18.05.13

Dancing in the Street

by Lochie Bradfield

As part of the 10th anniversary of the ‘Emerge Festival’ , which kicked off last Saturday, Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) and the Maribyrnong City Council threw a street party called ‘Emerge in the West’  – a celebration of the contributions African communities have made/are making culturally, socially, musically, economically and gastronomically to Melbourne’s West.

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Burundian drummers performing @ Emerge in the West, Footscray. Photo by Lochie Bradfield

Despite a few showers in the afternoon, people were out in Nicholson St, Footscray, dancing to the sounds of Sudanese pop, Ethiopian jazz, Azmari banter, Somali pop, traditional Burundian drumming, West African dance and Cape Verdean reggae. The best part? All the performers now call Melbourne home.

There were performances from Ajak Kwai, a Sudanese singer from the Malakal Region of the Upper Nile. She sings in her native Dinka language as well as Arabic and English – songs of freedom, love, peace, death, marriage and cows.

One of the highlights of the afternoon, technical difficulties aside, was the pop stylings of Somali group, Aussom Band, led by Abdi Mohamed Abdi, aka ‘The Man with Ten Hands’. Abdi is is originally from the southern Somali port of Kismayo. Since the civil war in Somalia, which saw the banning of music (among other things), many well known musicians have been persecuted by fundamentalist insurgents, including Abdi. He lived in exile in Kenya for 18 years before settling in Australia in 2008. It was amazing to hear the Somali group here in Footscray, reconnecting with their country’s music after such a long and dislocated experience.

Other highlights included Ethio-Jazz ensemble, Jazmaris, led by Ethiopian pianist Danny Seifu, with powerful vocals by the ever-exceptional Seble Girma. This band just finished supporting the legendary Ethiopian singer Mahmoud Ahmed on his recent Australian tour in January 2013. The band was sounding tight, well rehearsed and very comfortable with their arrangements.

Bitat Seyoum, accompanied by Anbessa Gebrihiwot, played a wonderful set in her native Amharic language, even as the rain fell and audience members sought cover underneath the roofs of shops in Nicholson St.

The Burundian Drummers provided a trance-inducing set of traditional Burundian rhythms with 7 big drums or ingomas, knocking out ever evolving polyrhythms. In Burundi the use of the ingoma was historically a symbol of power, used to commentate on the daily life of the king. The drums were believed to bring peace and unity throughout the kingdom, a belief that continues to present today  – 12 years of civil war notwithstanding.

The afternoon came to a close with roots reggae outfit Ras Jahknow Band, fronted by Cape Verdean born Jorge Abreu (aka Ras Jahknow) They sing songs in English, Portugese, and Creole. The band never strays far from the deep and slow rhythms of roots reggae and created a good vibe to end proceedings on.

‘Emerge in the West’ was a fantastic opportunity for many of the people and communities who make Melbourne’s West what it is – to show their talents, share culture and partake in some good ol’ fashioned dancing in the street.

As a final thought, I was struck by the Burundian drums – upon which they have painted the Australian flag, alongside the Burundian flag. Hitting the sides of the drums with their sticks, the Union Jack on the Australian flag looked as though it were being beat in to submission. I, for one, am very excited about the impact these cultures, musical traditions and musicians themselves are going to have upon the future of Australian music.

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The Show goes on!

The Emerge Festival continues until July, with ‘a colourful series of performances and unique cultural experiences encompassing music, dance, visual arts, exotic foods, ancient crafts and ceremonies.’ These include:

–       ‘Main Event’ at Fitzroy Town Hall on Sunday June 16th (12-5pm, FREE)

–       World Refugee Day Rally 2013 at Melbourne Museum forecourt, Sunday June 16th (rally will march to Fitzroy Town Hall)

–       Remastered Myths, Sunday 2nd June at the Toff in Town (3-5pm, $10)

–       Restoring Hope – A Creative Refugee Week Performance, on Saturday 22nd June at Fortfivedownstairs, Melbourne (3-5pm, FREE,)

–       Emerge @ Drum Theatre, Dandenong, Saturday 20th July (2-4:30pm, FREE)

–       Don’t Be Left Out in the CALD – a series of Music Business Skills Workshops for musicians from CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) backgrounds. Topics include: Getting Gigs, DIY Releasing, APRA & Licensing, Music Law, Grant Writing, amongst others. Saturday 8th June – Monday 10th June. Places are limited and acceptance is by application only. You can send expressions of interest to: projects@multiculturalarts.com.au or call (03) 9188 3681 for more details.

♫ PROPHETS & FRiENDS – Thursday 16th May @ Conduit Arts

Prophets & Friends 

A night of music, dance, masks and wonderment.

Thursday 16th May, 8.30pm start
Conduit Arts, 83 Brunswick St, Fitzroy Melbourne
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Prophets & Friends:
Lochie Bradfield – guitar, bass, percussion, saxophone, electronics
Dale Gorfinkel – percussion, saxophone, sonic inventions
Aviva Endean – bass clarinet, saxophone
Finn Ryan – drums, percussion
Tawanda Gazidkwa – drums & percussion
Appiah Annan – percussion, dance
Peter Fraser –  percussion, dance

♫ Footy’s debut album coming May 3rd on Lost & Lonesome records ♫

Footy‘s debut album ‘Mobile Cemetary’, produced by Footy and Lochie Bradfield at Ah!Puch!Studio! will be released on May 3rd through Lost & Lonesome records.

Album launch on Sunday, May 12 at Northcote Social Club, featuring Pearls, Mad Nanna and Backstabbers…

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.Here is what Mess & Noise has to say about the new album –

What: Mobile Cemetery by Footy. When: May 3 through Lost & Lonesome.

Key notes: First album from Melbourne’s experimental electric-piano duo, featuring Dick Diver guest keyboardist Lewis Mulvey and Paddy Gordon of “pagan devotional” trio Stre4m. Influenced by “underground pop; the cerebral jazz of Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and other ECM alumni; and the clean, driving Kraut-rock of Neu! and Cluster.” Also by “restless, meandering drives through the industrial fringe suburbs of Melbourne’s ‘mid-west’.” Follows a 2011 cassette. Vocals appear only on ‘Workin’’ and the title track. Launching on Sunday, May 12 at Northcote Social Club with Pearls, Mad Nanna and Backstabbers. Stream and download the rippling closing track ‘Sea Home’ for free below.

From the presser: “A nuanced and exploratory album, thematically cohesive and even ‘conceptual’.”

[☮_☮] – Ingram (aka Space Monkey) Tribute – [☮_☮]

Ingram Tribute

Hi All,

I am lacking in the words department for this tribute and just the whole bigger picture in general. Cliche is employed to many odd effects in post-humous matters, so the main thing I got to say is..
Ingram was a beautiful soul who gave massive love and loyal friendship to many.
This night is for anyone whose life was touched by Ingram, will be soundtracked by Ingram’s music with mix/live stuff from his musical community. If you wanna hit the mic to share what Ingram meant to you, funny stories and the like this night is for that also.
I really hope all those who would like to be there can make it, so please share this event round to all relevant corners of the interweb.

Peace,

Ross Kingston

THUNDERRCLAPP thanks YOU!

Thanks to everyone who came down to support Thunderrclapp last night! We had a ball with Matthew Brown, the Nuba Mountains Cultural Society of Victoria Inc. and Ms Butt. Keep your eyes on the Thunderrclapp! blog for photos, videos, live sets & DJ mixes coming up soon!

DJ Rupture exits THUNDERRCLAPP!

Please note that DJ/Rupture has pulled out of his Australian dates, including Thunderrclapp!

Fear not though – the show will go on!

We’ve still got the Nuba Mountain Cultural Society of Victoria Inc, Matthew Brown, and the Thunderrclapp!DJs!, it will still be a Full Moon, and the first 25 people through the door will still receive a free copy of ‘Backbone’!

And on the plus side? Tickets are now cheaper! $10 at the door!

DJ Rupture’s loss I say! You can’t stop the Thunder!

See you there!

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¡THUNDERRCLAPP! Presents DJ/RUPTURE, 8th MARCH @ THE MERCAT

¡¡THUNDERRCLAPP!! is here!!! ☮ ☯ ♫ ☻ ☺ ☮ ☯ ♫

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Ah!Puch! is proud to be involved in organising this very special event – featuring international DJ Rupture, local DJ Butt, the traditional singing and dancing of the Nuba Mountain Cultural Society of Victoria Inc, and experimental Melbourne musician Matthew Brown! 

And in true Ah!Puch! style, it’s going to be a FULL MOON!

When? Thursday 8th March

Where? The Mercat

Click here to buy tickets!

Click here to check out the ¡¡Thunderrclapp!! blog!

☮ ♥ Photos from the ‘Backbone’ Single & Video Launch @ Horse Bazaar, June 15th 2011 ♫ ☺




























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Live visuals by Joel Zika

Photos byMelissa Pacella & Pitimati Nimmanheminda

For more photos check out the Facebook Photo Album here.

☮ ☮ ☮ Thank-You! ☮ ☮ ☮

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☮ ♥ ♫ ☺ Kid’s Rocking Reggae – Backbone Launch Message For You ! ☮ ♥ ♫ ☺

♫ ‘Backbone’ Video + Single Launch Party! 15th June, 2011 ♫

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Did you ever break your Backbone? Kid’s Rocking Reggae did & they’ve written a reggae hit about it! Come down to Horse Bazaar & help them launch it on Wednesday 15th June from 6-11pm.
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Live musical performances by:

♫ Footy (7pm)
♫ Anbessa + Hakim (8pm)
♫ Client Liaison (9pm)

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♫ Press Club (Rhys & Sashi from ‘World’s End Press’)
♫ Ah!Puch!

Live visuals by Joel Zika!

A limited edition ‘Backbone’ single will be on sale for $5 each, and if you’re lucky you might be able to get the kids to sign it for you!

Live visuals by Joel Zika!Delicious Japanese food available until 9pm, from the talented kitchen at Horse Bazaar!Not to mention all this will be unfolding during a Full Lunar Eclipse!!!
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You’d be a lunatic to miss it!
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FREE ENTRY!
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Bring a friend or loved one!
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Peace to the Universe! ☮ ♥ ♫ ☺
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[ o _ o ] – Ah!Puch!

☮ ♥ ♫ ☺ Ah!Puch!Live! ☮ ♥ ♫ ☺

Ah! Hello all. Thank you to all of you who came down to the Ah!Puch! Compilation Launch No. 1 Party last week. It was an amazing night, with brilliant sets from Varuni, Bangs & Ez, The Slum Boys, Monte Morgan & TGV. So amazing that I recorded the entire evening and have created a special live mix for everybody. So for all of those of you who were there you can experience some flashbacks, and for those who weren’t you can hear what you missed out on! I’ve also put some videos up of Bangs & Ez + Monte Morgan. Enjoy!

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Ah!Puch!Compilation Launch!

Data Pigeons site launch!

¡Happy Year of the Tiger!

Happy   Year  of  the  Tiger  from  ¡Ah!Puch! xoxo