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.

LAC will present their brand new album ‘Food Chain’ in May 2015. Made in London this Big Funk from Africa keeps Afrobeat principles strong and leads the way to the future of the movement.

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

The album represents the pulse of London’s live music scene and designed to thrill audiences and inspire DJs to play fresh sounds from the heart of the city. This equal and diverse 10 piece adds funk and rock guitar to the bass, beats and brass in a session that includes Yoruban sung ‘Ijo Ina’ where compelling vocalist Funke Adeleke pierces the sound waves and leads us to the dancefloor ….. It translates as ‘Fire Dance’… Enough said.

LAC recently attracted the largest audience to date at the Dauphine Jazz festival Paris. They continue to establish a loyal UK fan base by relentless gigging which includes O2 venues, Jazz FM Live, Band on the Wall Manchester, Pizza Express London, Barfly, The Forge London, Open Norwich, Notting Hill Arts Club, Wardrobe Leeds, Concorde 2 Brighton and more…

Since Michael Eavis invited LAC to open the West Holts (formerly the Jazz World Stage) at Glastonbury the band are now a highlight of the British summer music calender and 2015 will continue to see them shine as festival favourites. London Afrobeat Collective have staged acclaimed performances at Bestival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown Fair, Green Man, Standon Calling, Wilderness, Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul, and also appeared with No. 1album selling band Bombay Bicycle Club for main stage performances at Bestival, Latitude, Reading and Glastonbury.

LAC’s eponymous first album, successive single releases and remixes have been endorsed by the likes of the Roots’ ?uestlove’s ‘OkayAfrica’ and BBC radio 6 Craig Charles Funk and Soul show. Performing on Radio 4′s ‘Loose ends’ with Clive Anderson and recommended by 2014 African Jazz Festival, London Afrobeat Collective’s reputation is cemented as culturally relevant from London to Lagos. As one of the most unique and exciting bands in the UK today, their live performance is nothing short of awe inspiring.


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