WHO ARE LAC?
LAC are powered by a promise to continue what afrobeat father Fela Kuti began.
From Europe to Africa, Glastonbury to ‘Felabration’*, they deliver party-music born of their truly global DNA. The nine-strong collective from England, Italy, France, Congo, Argentina and New Zealand combine Fela, Parliament Funkadelic and Frank Zappa to create an addictive sound drawing on funk, jazz, rock, and dub to create something new and frankly indescribable.
In 2018, the beat goes on for festival and club crowds, energised by hook-heavy cuts from a back catalogue including 2015’s ‘Food Chain’. Produced by Leon Brichard (Ibibio Sound Machine, Plan B, Fela! the musical), with artwork by artist Ben Hito (George Clinton/Parliament/Funkadelic), the album received plaudits from (amongst others) Huey Morgan, Tom Ravenscroft, Craig Charles, Jamie Cullum, The Sunday Times, the London Evening Standard and a 4 star review in Songlines.
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. And if this sounds like something your fans want, let LAC know. They want to meet them.
* 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