POAO have been nominated for an Aria, and One Sixth won the prestigious Hilltop Hoods Initiative & has been well received in the hip hop community.
´ŽèItŠ—Ès been a long time between drinks for MelbourneŠ—Ès mighty Afrobeat juggernaut The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra (The POAO). To get everyone warmed up for next yearŠ—Ès much anticipated LP release, two of the groupŠ—Ès vocalists: rapper 1/6, and singer / percussionist Lamine Sonko, are fronting alternate sides of a split 7 Inch. They have created a highly nutritious Afro freaky snack to keep enthusiasts of all things raw and righteous satisfied till the main course arrives.
The A Side, Š—“Cosmetic Love,Š—? is a rumination on the nature of relationships by one of AustraliaŠ—Ès leading rap lyricists 1/6. The trackŠ—Ès life began as a jam session that went to tape in the early days of the Hope Street studio, based on an idea by PutBacks guitarist Tom Martin. The session lay unused for years untilξ1/6 came across it and threw down these inspired rap verses. Public Opinion producer and musical director, Tristan Ludowyk, laid in some organ, additional percussion and brass and suddenly Š—“Š—?Cosmetic LoveŠ—?Š—? wasnŠ—Èt just a song, it was an A-side. An A-side born of happy accident.
The B side features The Public Opinion Six, formerly The Afrobiotics. The rhythm section starts with the same idea as the A Side and re-imagines it, creating a whole new song. With lyrics written and performed by Lamine Sonko, Š—“Jappo,Š—? in the Senegalese language of Wolof means Š—“uniteŠ—?. Behind LamineŠ—Ès straight-out-of-Dakar vocal stylings, The Public Opinion Six brings a heavy 1970's Lagos influenced groove, creating a pumping Pan-African melange - sure to get motors running everywhere, from West Africa to worldwide.
´Žè1)ξOne Sixth - "Cosmetic Love"
´Žè2)ξThe Public Opinion Six - "Jappo"