London afrobeat collective
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.
"Incredible live band ….seen them live a couple of times they're a great ….good Afrobeat credentials there for sure"
Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
"Big fan of their single Prime Minister….Getting right behind this so you'll be hearing a lot more from the album on this show"
Craig Charles (Funk & Soul Show), BBC 6 Music
"Sometimes things just fall into place, sometimes you click on an attachment, listen to something immediately and it brings joy and sunshine to your life….what a great way to soundtrack my journey back home and always great to play a track with a positive message on the show….loads of live dates over the summer, I can't wait to see them myself, I expect they'll be rather good!"
John Kennedy, Radio X
"A hothouse of vintage sounding Afrobeat ….First and foremost a great festival band"
London Evening Standard
"Something really cool coming up for you right now ….a great record"
Huey Morgan, BBC 6 Music
In 2019, 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, 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.
The hotly anticipated follow up ‘HUMANS’ is set for release on Vinyl and Digital in the Autumn, following a single release in late Spring.
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 people are saying about LAC:
“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.”
Manchester Jazz Festival - Rachel Maby
“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..."
Festival Program – Secret Garden Party
“A fulsome evocation of Fela Kuti's continually inspiring blend of The J.B.'s-style jazz-funk horns lashed to a relentless mix of funky highlife and Yoruba, all delivered with aplomb….”
Time Out London
“LAC have a mighty arsenal of funk licks, afrobeat grooves and the exciting swagger of The Specials when they started...”