WHO ARE LAC?
This 9-piece Afro-Funk noise bomb is fast becoming a household name in every European town who claims to know anything about a good party. Their live show can be a truly extraordinary experience for the audience who is ready to let go and surrender to the unstoppable force of the Groove, and people leave feeling they've run a marathon and had a spiritual awakening at the same time. From Europe to Africa, Glastonbury to ‘Felabration’*, they deliver party-music born of their truly global DNA.
The new album Humans, (with artwork by Ben Hito, renowned for his designs for Parliament/Funkadelic), is a collection of anthemic songs with socially conscious lyrics, set to bold brass lines and hypnotic danceable grooves. Humans encapsulates the raw energy generated during LAC’s live performances and combines this with newly evolved songwriting ability and refined musical prowess.
London Afrobeat Collective carry clear and powerful messages through their music, holding the torch for the original Afrobeat musicians and continuing their mission to fight for political and social change. The first single on Humans entitled ‘Power To The Women’ demonstrates this perfectly and sets the high standard of what’s to come.
Now a regular feature at many of the major UK festivals**, as well as festivals and clubs across Europe, they are guaranteed party-starters - any stage, anywhere. Following their album release tour in October and November 2019, the new year will see them hitting the road through the UK and Europe again, bringing the funk to everyone who needs it so badly in these troubling times.
* Nigeria’s annual festival to celebrate the legacy of Fela Kuti – the pinnacle of LAC’s 2015 tour there being a landmark performance at the New Africa Shrine in Lagos State to over 10,000 people.
** Glastonbury, Bestival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown Fair, Green Man, Standon Calling, Wilderness, Shambala (amongst others).
What are people saying about LAC?
The Wee Review, Edinburgh - Robert Peacock
...whether it’s the beats, the brass, singer Juanita Euka’s jumpsuit or the flashy lighting effects above the stage, they leave Leith Theatre bursting with colour. The nine-piece supply honest-to-goodness party music. Rhythmically complex, but the effect it has on an audience is fairly straightforward – direct to your core and out through your dancing feet.
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.
“All of the musicians are superb, they’re tight as hell, and they write and play great songs”
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. “
“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 Critic’s Choice
“…perfectly recreating Fela Kuti’s broiling, brass-driven Afrobeat…”
London Afrobeat Collective are…
Juanita Euka - Vocals
Alex Farrell - Guitar
Alexis Szjanowicz - Guitar
John Mathews - Bass
Giuliano Osella - Drums
Lee Crisp - Percussion
Andy Watts - Trumpet
Edmund Swinburn - Tenor Sax
Klibens Michelet - Baritone Sax