Discoteca Tropical, The Standard, 4 January 2013

Funkdafied boogied on down to an explosion of sizzling, tropical, good times sounds! – deep funk and soul, boogaloo, afro funk, cumbia, guaguanco, palenque, carribean funk and more!

This highly anticipated show featured THE CACTUS CHANNEL (college deep funk and soul sensations/Melbourne/HopeStreet Recordings). OSCAR JIMINEZ & REYES DE LA ONDA (latin funk/cumbia group feat members from Watussi) with Djs MANCHILD (Melb/PBS FM/Northside Records/HopeStreet Recordings/POAO/Scatter Scatter) PAPRIKA (Sabrosa/Cutucada/Bris) + special guests!

Melbourne’s college deep funk and soul sensations The Cactus Channel have been causing a stir of late with the raw deep funk, soul and boogaloo sounds on their debut album Haptics released worldwide in mid 2012 on leading indie groove label Hope Street Records (home to Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and The Bombay Royale). Raw, loose and nasty funk, recorded straight to analog tape – receiving rave reviews from the USA to Europe. It’s just like the old days, but so new it’s sporting a badass teenage moustache. In 2011 they graduated high school, and in 2012 truly came of age on the road and radio whilst beginning college (and now old enough to order beer). They’ve been honing their live show of high-octane, instrumental car chase b-boy funk, boogaloo, and smooth soundtrack soul taking it to the people with supports for the likes of Charles Bradley & The Menehan Street Band, Syl Johnson, Charles Walker, The Cat Empire and recently completing a full national tour. Their debut album Haptics received album of the week across 6 national radio stations.

Propelled by a hot-to-trot, James Brown-influenced rhythm section, ignited by fiery guitar and stoked by a female-loaded brass quintet, the cactus Channel powers along like an embryonic version of the Meters or the Dapkings! – THE AUSTRALIAN

Tightly raw soul, rambling deep-funk jams and organ-driven party mash-ups – THE AGE

Infectiously funky sounds… a horn-fuelled, butt-shaking affair – triple j HOME & HOSED

Its old-fashioned, gritty and down-home soul music  by a bunch of white teenagers from Melbourne – THE MONTHLY

It was true tropical Sydney with Oscar Jimenez – the electric Colombian front man and leader of Sydney based Latin rock & roots group Watussi. For this special tropical session, he brought together his colombian latin funk, cumbia and pacifico crossover ensemble – Oscar Jimenez and Reyes de la Onda – and gave us an injection of alma latina! Oscar is a well travelled and seasoned musician sharing stages with the likes of Santana,  Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Manu Chao, Clube do Balanco, as well as performing at one of South America’s biggest music showcases – Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro in Colombia. vamos a bailar!

Joined by Melbourne based tropical music and funk 45 aficionado Dj Manchild, known for his weekly Breakdown Funk radio show on PBS FM that’s hosted the likes of Joe Bataan, Ray Lugo and Mulatu Astatke. Manchild is a well known DJ in his hometown of Melbourne, and apart of Australia’s finest groove and black music vinyl record store Northside Records (also known as the biggest supporters of Local Aussie and Kiwi soul music releases). He’s a seasoned traveler making trips to places us far flung as  Mumbai (India) and the home of Fela Kuti’s ‘Shrine’ in Lagos (Nigeria) to uncover rare and interesting musical nuggets! He’s a founding member of Afro Beat heavyweights ‘The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra’ who have blown away crowds at WOMAdelaide, Blues Fest, Bellingen Global Carnival, and AWME. He’s resident at Melbourne’s legendary long running funk and soul sight ‘Soul-a-Go-Go‘, and along with DJ Jumps from The Cat Empire, founded Melbourne’s freshest tropical night ‘Scatter Scatter’ . He’s played support for Marva Whitney, Quantic, Nas, Public Enemy, De La Soul, Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, Eddie Bo, The Bamboos, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Roy Ayers, Prince Paul, Mos Def, Norman Jay MBE, The Jungle Brothers,  Aloe Blacc and Cookin’ On Three Burners.

Alongside DJ Paprika from Brisbane based Tropical collective Sabrosa, and sound system performance outfit ‘Sabrosa Son Sistema’. Paprika’s a drummer, percussionist, seasoned DJ and traveler recently returning from Colombia and Brazil uncovering tropical rarities and obscurities, and taking lessons with some of Brazil’s finest drummers. At only 30 yrs of age, he’s had collaboration remixes and releases out on Independent Aussie groove label Mighty Highness records (of which he contributes Dj mixes to their blogcast – Cutucada radio), supported the likes of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Quantic and The Quantic Soul Orchestra, The Bamboos, Norman Jay MBE, Gotan Project, Mark De Clive Lowe, Mo’ Horizons, Cookin’ on 3 Burners, Labjacd and performed at festivals such as Vibes on a Summers Day, Island Vibe and Woodford. Paprika specializes in Brazilian percussion and drumset (samba rock, samba soul, samba jazz, samba enredo etc) and currently plays drums and percussion for a number of Brazilian groups, as well as Kafka, plus an instrumental dusty jazz funk and rare groove outfit – Kerbside Collection (known for their debut 7”/45 – a b-boy funk version of Dizzy Gillespies Night in Tunisia) with their full length debut album coming out in early 2013 on German rare groove label.

The Standard
Level 3, 383 Bourke St

Supported by Funkdafied, Northside Records, and soulofsydney.org


  • Date:  Friday, 04 January 2013