Songs for Bongo mix by Miss Goldie
Off the Grid is a solar-powered celebration dedicated to transforming the cities we live in. On Wednesday 21 December, the team behind the zero-waste music and arts festival will take over the ACCA Forecourt for a packed day of local arts, entertainment and food, all powered by local energy – with 100% of profits going towards a new solar project set to speed up Melbourne’s transition towards becoming a self-sufficient city.
Bringing the tunes on the day alongside the likes of Albrecht La’Brooy, Andee Frost, Andras Izabel Caligiore, J’Nett, Tako and NO ZU is tastemaker Miss Goldie – Melbourne DJ around town & host of weekly PBS show Boss Action. Having collected 45s for decades. Miss Goldie has amassed one of Australia’s finest rare soul collections. Gabe Roth (a.k.a. Bosco Mann of Daptone Records and producer, writer, bassist and band leader of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings) cites Miss Goldie’s annual mixes as an influence on his writing, and legendary UK DJ Keb Darge counts himself as a huge fan.
Ahead of Off the Grid 2016, Miss Goldie shares this mix with us – packed with lovingly selected soulful tunes:
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