Who are LAC?



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.

25th May 2015 marks the release of ‘Food Chain’, the brand new
album from London Afrobeat Collective. Having been at the forefront
of London’s live music circuit and attracting a plethora of
international bookings following their self titled debut L.A.C,
the 10 piece collective set out to encapsulate the energy generated
during their live performances and combine this with a newly evolved
songwriting ability and refined musical prowess. 

‘Food Chain’ is without doubt the band’s best work to date, representing
a new level of discipline for the group, keeping true to the original
principles of the Afrobeat movement and paving the way for its
future as a unique and exciting genre to be heard and enjoyed

Produced by Leon Brichard (Ibibio Sound Machine, Plan B, Fela! the
musical) with graphic design by prolific artist Ben Hito (George
Clinton/Parliament/Funkadelic) 'Food Chain' is an album of anthemic
songs with socially conscious lyrics, set to bold brass lines and
hypnotic danceable grooves.

Since Michael Eavis invited London Afrobeat Collective to open the
West Holts (formerly the Jazz World Stage) at Glastonbury, the band
are now a highlight of the British summer music calendar having
staged highly acclaimed performances at Bestival, Cheltenham Jazz
Festival, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown Fair, Green Man, Standon
Calling, Wilderness and many more. The group also appeared with
No. 1 album selling band Bombay Bicycle Club for main stage
performances at Bestival, Latitude, Reading, Glastonbury and
Brixton Academy.

Their eponymous debut album, successive single releases and remixes
have been supported and endorsed by the likes of Questlove
(band leader of the Roots) on 'OkayAfrica' and BBC Radio 6 Music’s
Craig Charles Funk and Soul show. The band have also performed
live on Radio 4's 'Loose Ends' programme presented by Clive Anderson,
and have earned rave reviews in the national press including
The Guardian and Time Out. 

‘Food Chain’ cements London Afrobeat Collective's reputation as one
of the most unique and exciting bands in the UK today, having
created a highly accomplished work with international flair that’s
culturally relevant from London to Lagos.


What are people saying about LAC?


Manchester Jazz Festival – Rachel Maby

I’ve never witnessed so much joy as that on Saturday night at Band on the Wall. London Afrobeat Collective (LAC) performed a staggering energetic gig to a crowd raring to dance and get their groove on.


“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
Zak Cohen