Category Archives: Video

The Grand Magoozi’s new single ‘The Last Cowboy’

Introducing ‘The Grand Magoozi’ first single ‘Pinkie Blues’

Did you ever fall in love with your boyfriend’s best friend? The Grand Magoozi did. Take a listen…Voted in the top 50 best singles of 2015 on Radio National’s ‘Inside Sleeve’

 

Prophets workshop @ Artplay

Prophets workshop for Artplay, as part of the 2014 Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

Workshop consisted of mask-making, instrument-building, collective improvisation and spontaneous composition.

Thanks to everyone involved! The kids, the parents, Artplay, City of Melbourne, The Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the rainy weather!

For more info, visit –

http://www.prophetsband.com
http://www.ahpuchrecords.com.au

Filmed & colour graded by Iain Bonner
Edited by Lochie Bradfield

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Music from Melbourne carparks

These two videos came to my attention recently. Two improvisations from Melbourne Carparks.

The first is an improvisation for setar & dance by Joel Cerdor & Adam Forbes ‘XinXin’ (信心) (2014) / سه تار و رقص /跳舞 / Setar

The second is from Footscray based, pagan devotional band Stre4m (Stream Four)

Enjoy.

☮ 2 NEW PROPHETS VIDEOS ☮

♫ New video – WiLSON – ‘After Antiques’ ☮

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♫ new WiLSON video ♫

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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.

♫ ‘I Recall’ – new Video from Miles & Simone! ♫

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Lovers’ Duo Miles & Simone have a released a beautiful new video for their song ‘I Recall’.

Let yourselves fall in love with them, fight a little bit, and then decide that you can’t do without them.

If this is what they come up with each Autumn, then I don’t think it came too soon at all!

♫ ☯ ☮ PROPHETS ♫ ☯ ☮

In celebration of the end of the world, I give you PROPHETS! 

The best dressed and grooviest street band in town and principle advocates of the S T Y L E F R E E movement!

Find out more about PROPHETS!

It’s been nice knowing you!

Ah!Puch!

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♫ ♫ ♫ Out!Hear! Soundwalk, Royal National Park, NSW, 25.08.12 ♫ ♫ ♫

On August 25th, 2012  ( ( ( Out Hear ) ) ) Ah!Puch! & The West Head Project organised a soundwalk in the Royal National Park, NSW featuring Tota, a travelling Japanese shamisen player, Jim Denley an influential figure on the Australian post-jazz music scence, Peter Farrar, Dale Gorfinkel, Moniker Gronks & Lochie Bradfield. Here are some pics & a video from that day. Be sure to check  ( ( ( Out Hear ) ) ) for more soundwalks happening around Melbourne & Sydney over summer. Enjoy!

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Out HearAh!Puch! & The West Head Project Co-present:
A Soundwalk and Performance in the Royal National Park, NSW
Saturday August 25th
Featuring Tota (Japan) on shamisen, Jim Denley on saxophone and Peter Farrar (sleeping)

10.22 train from central station arrives cronulla 11.12
Ferry from Cronulla Ferry Wharf at 11.30am to Bundeena
Meet for the train to Cronulla from Sydney Central Train Station at 10.22am (arrives Cronulla 11.22)
45min walk to The Cobblers
Last ferry back is 6pm.

https://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=cronulla+ferry+wharf&hl=en&sll=-34….

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Visit www.outhear.com and www.ahpuchrecords.com.au for more music.

♫ ♫ ♫ Ah!Puch! presents Lebeha Drummers, Hopkins, Belize ♫ ♫ ♫

Belize is a diverse, mixed up little country on the coast of mainland America – wedged between Mexico to the North, Guatemala to the South and West, and the Caribbean Sea to the East. Indigenous Mayans, British colonialists, shipwrecked Garifuna fisherman, Mulatos, Creoles, Mestizos, Chinese and even the Amish and the Mennonites, can all be seen riding around the country in retired US school buses. Reggae jams pumping, hurtling down roads lined by jaguar filled jungles, with fleeting glimpses and panoramic vistas of the Caribbean Sea, complete with palm trees, fishing boats and cabanas.

Gaining independence from Britain in 1981 (it was previously British Honduras) the mainland country sways to a distinctly Caribbean vibe, with English as its official language. Many people there profess music to be the main cultural asset, though it is often hard to find live music, beyond the locals’ penchant for karaoke in beachside bars, where the rum costs less than water back home in Australia. Everyone agrees though – the music of Belize is to be found in the South of the country, where many of the Garifuna people live.

The Garifuna people are now found all along the Caribbean coast of Central America – in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. In 1635 a ship carrying African slaves, predominantly from Nigeria, capsized in the Caribbean Sea. Some of the slaves were able to make it ashore to St. Vincents Island where they began relations with the native Indians, the Arawak and Red Carib people, who had migrated from Guyana and Venezuala respectively. After a century of integration, and impressive reproduction rates, the Garifuna became the dominant group in St. Vincents’ society, causing social ruptures and rifts. Soon the French were involved, and then the British. Decades of war ensued and the Garifuna were deported to the Honduran island of Roatán, where they continued to flourish and procreate. Forced to flee yet again after the republican revolt in Honduras, they continued their exodus, in ever increasing numbers to the southern Belizean coastline in 1832. Today the 20,000 or so Garifuna people make up 6% of the Belizean population.

We found some live music in Hopkins, a small Garifuna fishing village just south of Dangriga – a larger Garifuna fishing village with a Rastafari culture – think tropical heat, fresh fish, weed, reggae and t i m e . We had to hitchhike with some Mennonites from Dangriga because the bus wasn’t coming that day, or maybe it was, or was it yesterday? Or maybe it wasn’t on Thursdays, but Fridays? No one could be sure, yet everyone had an opinion about when the bus was or wasn’t coming. All agreed though, we could catch it from where the main street and the river intersect…That’s if it showed up – which it didn’t. All I can say is thank the lord for the Mennonites.

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Once in Hopkins we found the Lebeha Drumming Centre, at the Northern end of town. The centre was started 10 years ago by Jabbar Lambey, a Garifuna drummer and Dorothy Pettersen, an ex-pat from Canada. We entered in to the neatly kept grounds and met Jabbar. I asked if there would be any performances coming up, as I was interested in making some recordings. He explained that he could get some people together and we could make some recordings that evening.

We returned that evening to find Jabbar, Warren and John ready with their drums, which are made in nearby Dangriga by Austin Rodriguez. The drums are made from mahogany and mayflower woods with animal hide skins, including the Primero (first drum) the Segunda (the bass drum), shakers which contain seeds from a fruit tree inside a calabash gourd, and turtle shells – quite literally a turtle shell strapped around the percussionists neck and struck with soft mallets.

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Garifuna music is quite different from the music of the rest of Central America. The most famous form is Punta, while other forms of Garifuna music and dance include the hungu-hungu, wanaragua, matamuerte, sambai, paranda, berusu, and punta rock; some of which can be heard in these recordings.

In 2001, Garifuna music was proclaimed one of the ‘Masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity’ by UNESCO, along with Garifuna language and dance, though as the Lebeha Drumming Center says on its website ‘this does little to help the hand to mouth daily existence of the people. Tourism and escape to the U.S. offer some consolation and money but there are few opportunities for the practicing masters of the tradition; some of the finest elder musicians are now more conversant with a bottle of rum than with a drum. Fortunately the musicians at the Lebeha Drumming Centre are keeping the tradition alive and kicking.

To learn more about the Lebeha Drumming Centre or about Garifuna culture in general, check out these links –

http://lebeha.com/
http://www.garifuna.com/

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☮ ☯ ♫ Lebeha Drummers Video, Hopkins Belize ☮ ☯ ♫

♫ ☯ ☮ ‘Mojogojo’ – Church of Spontaneous Joy ☮ ☯ ♫

Here is a video from the  Church of Spontaneous Joy – a beautiful song entitled ‘Mojogojo’. They are doing some great things;

If you think of your body/mind
even to your DNA level
as a church
and when all things
are at one time in place
a SPONTANEOUS joy
(true joy)
will be released in ya.
Its a light from your person
and at that moment
your are connected to everything
so relax and see
sitting standing
or even lying down
its a blending
a sending on.
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The video features our late (great) brother, Ingram Lethborg – hiding from the sun’s rays behind a newspaper, street signs and lamp posts. For those of you who knew Ingram, hopefully it will be a nice reminder of his presence. We miss you, Ingram!

Head over to the Church of Spontaneous Joy website for more free music, writings & info.

Peace!

[ o _ o ] Ah!Puch!

☮ ☯ ♫ $ Client Liaison – ‘End of the Earth’ debut video, now playing! ☮ ☯ ♫ $

I want you to visualise your face like your looking at a new Client Liaison video, and allow the tiny muscles around your forehead, and your eyelids to let go…and RELAX!

As promised here is the debut video from Client Liaison.  Enjoy!

☮ ☯ ♫ Client Liaison ☮ ☯ ♫

The hip-shaking, credit-card wielding, cocktail-sipping Client Liaison are getting ready to release their debut video for ‘End of the Earth’ soon. In the meantime here is a little teaser to whet your appetite.

Savings, Cheque, or Credit?

‘End of the Earth’ track – FREE to download!

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If you like what you see, and you love what you hear, click here to follow Client Liaison on Facebook.

☮ ♫ ☻ Kids sing National Anthem, Hopkins, Belize!!! ☮ ♫ ☻

Kids singing Belize’s national anthem in Hopkins, Belize

O. Land of the Free by the Carib Sea,
Our manhood we pledge to thy liberty!
No tyrants here linger, despots must flee
This tranquil haven of democracy
The blood of our sires which hallows the sod,
Brought freedom from slavery oppression’s rod,
By the might of truth and the grace of God,
No longer shall we be hewers of wood.

Arise! ye sons of the Baymen’s clan,
Put on your armour, clear the land!
Drive back the tyrants, let despots flee –
Land of the Free by the Carib Sea!

Nature has blessed thee with wealth untold,
O’er mountains and valleys where prairies roll;
Our fathers, the Baymen, valiant and bold
Drove back the invader; this heritage hold
From proud Rio Hondo to old Sarstoon,
Through coral isle, over blue lagoon;
Keep watch with the angels, the stars and moon;
For freedom comes tomorrow’s noon

Arise! ye sons of the Baymen’s clan,
Put on your armour, clear the land!
Drive back the tyrants, let despots flee –
Land of the Free by the Carib Sea!

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

[⊙_⊙] – Happy Year of the Dragon 2012! ☮ ☯ ♫ ☻ ☺

Ah!Hello!

Happy Year of the Dragon, 2012! Please excuse my extended absence!

As I said in my last post – I’ve been travelling through the USA, Mexico, Belize and Guatemala – and managed to make a few field recordings along the way for you to enjoy – including some Garifuna drummers from Belize, buskers from Mexico and perhaps a few sound walks from the USA.

You can expect more music releases, video clips, live performances and parties from Ah!Puch! in 2012.

Here’s hoping 2012 brings us all some joy, peace, music, balance & love!

In the meantime, here is a video from a trio of buskers in a market in Merida, in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

Peace!

[⊙_⊙] – Ah!Puch! xoxo

☮ ♥ 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.

☮ ♥ ♫ ☺ Kid’s Rocking Reggae – Backbone Video!!! ☮ ♥ ♫ ☺

☮ ☮ ☮ 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)

DJ’s
♫ 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!

♥♥♥ Kid’s Rocking Reggae’s – ‘Backbone’ Teaser! ♥♥♥

☮ ♥ ♫ ☺ Happy 2011 ☮ ♥ ♫ ☺

Happy New Year everybody! I know it’s February already, but better late than never, right? 2011 is looking like it will be a busy year for Ah!Puch! A new album from my pet project ‘WiLSON‘ is well under way and will hopefully see the light of day before mid-year, a film clip for Kid’s Rocking Reggae’s ‘The Biggest Bone’ is in the works, a brand new website for Ah!Puch!, new tracks from Ponytail, including a remix by Sammy K, as well as the debut album from the Fruitiest Preacher from the Land of Marsupial, Monte Morgan, possibly a new album from Kingston. Next week will see the triumphant return of Data Pigeons’ Charlie Crang to the studio, after his much deserved sojourn in New York City.

In the meantime, here is a message from Kid’s Rocking Reggae ☮ ♥ ♫ ☺

NEW MiX – Block 5 Primary!

Next up is an audio & video set recorded at Block 5 Primary School, in Gaborone, Botswana.

Hypnotic kids is all I can say.

Listen here – Block 5 Primary!


NEW VIDEOS – Block 5 Primary!

recorded at Mophane Primary School in Gaborone, Botswana, June 2010

☮ ♥ ♫ ☺ 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!

Varuni

Bangs & Ez

Ez & Bangs

The Slum Boys

The Slum Boys

Monte Morgan

Monte Morgan

TGV

TGV