Friday, 1 August 2014

The London Afrobeat Collective What You Need To Know

If , as the great Fela Kuti once said, ‘music is the weapon’, then you’ll need to wear armour to withstand the full sonic force of London Afrobeat Collective (LAC) – this politicised party machine are an incendiary live act who channel the spirit of the Afrobeat founder via bass-heavy rhythms guaranteed to make you move.
2013 saw LAC take the festival circuit by storm, building on their stunning debut when Michael Eavis personally invited them to open the West Holts (formerly the Jazz World stage) at Glastonbury. The band has staged rip-roaring performances at Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Green Man, Shambala, Standon Calling and Wilderness festivals, not to mention performing tracks with indie stars Bombay Bicycle Club at Bestival, Latitude, Reading and Glastonbury.
London’s hottest live band will release their highly anticipated brand new single ‘Prime Minister’ on 25th November 2013, featuring radio edits and a stunning remix from in demand US producer Captain Planet, famous for remixing the likes of Little Dragon, Erykah Badu and Mayer Hawthorne to name but a few.
‘Prime Minister’ cements London Afrobeat Collective’s reputation as one of the most unique and exciting bands in the UK today, and their overwhelming live performance is nothing short of awe inspiring.

What are people saying about LAC?
“LAC have a mighty arsenal of funk licks, afrobeat grooves and the exciting swagger of The Specials when they started”
Trebuchet Magazine
“All of the musicians are superb, they’re tight as hell, and they write and play great songs”
“This year sees an awesome line-up of nostalgia-inducing music legends including Leftfield, Blondie and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and the highly anticipated London Afrobeat Collective” (Secret Garden Party)
Virgin Music Secret Garden party Review
“London Afrobeat Collective, … a  multi-instrument band providing infectious, vibrant grooves to a crowd that literally wouldn’t let them leave the stage. The chant of ‘one more tune!’ quickly became ‘two more tunes!’ and even after two encores the applause and calls for more echoed around the tent.”
Latinos in London Radio
“London Afrobeat Collective beat the tightest Afro Funk rhythms in town with a swinging brass section to match and come fresh from the release of their debut album and collaborations with the likes of Fela original Dele Sosimi. “
Cooler online
“Gliding into a new day on a wave of London Afrobeat Collective might just be the new excellent way to start every day. Dancing with strangers in the sticky morning sun as the biggest grin in the world sings back at you.” (Glastonbury)
Jamie MacColl, Bombay Bicycle Club – The Guardian
“A lot of my childhood heroes are playing this year (at Glastonbury). I want to see Wu-Tang Clan …. I will watch Primal Scream doing Screamadelica ….. Plus lately I’ve got into the London Afrobeat Collective.”
Don’t Stay In online
“Craig Charles (BBC 6 Music) will be gracing Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes …. (and) will be joined by the incredible London Afrobeat Collective, a 12 piece groove explosion who are certainly not to be missed.”
Time Out
“….. a  mix of funky highlife and Yoruba, all delivered with aplomb by the 12-piece.”
Time Out
 Critic’s Choice
“…perfectly recreating Fela Kuti’s broiling, brass-driven Afrobeat…”

London Afrobeat Collective are…

Alex Farrell
Alex Szyjanowicz
Andy Watts
Edmund Swinburn
Farivar Gorjian
Funke Adeleke
John Mathews
Klibens Michelet
Lee Crisp

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