London Afrobeat Collective
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London Afrobeat Collective

London, England, United Kingdom | SELF

London, England, United Kingdom | SELF
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"Secret Garden Party"

….the London Afrobeat Collective, an eight or more piece multi-instrument band providing infectious, vibrant grooves to a crowd that literally wouldn’t let them leave the stage…. - Pamela McIntyre – Virgin Music at Secret Garden Party

"One of London’s best live bands!"

One of London’s best live bands! - Jazz FM

"Afrobeat Rocks"

...this band puts on a show that just gets better and better and better. The intricate rhythms and melodies carry the crowd through time and space until suddenly you realise you've been dancing for 3 hours, your friends are in a trance and you've missed the last tube! - Le Cool LDN

"New for 2010"

Afrobeat will be the new year's unlikeliest predominant pop sound... - The Guardian

"Critics Choice"

..perfectly recreating Fela Kuti's broiling, brass-driven Afrobeat... (Critics Choice) - Time Out London




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.

Their name may include the UK’s capital but their sound goes far beyond the British Isles. A line up including members from as far flung as Nigeria and Iran makes for a unique, global sound sharpened through constant gigging and captured in a self-titled debut album.

Recorded in 2010 with respected producer Sonny Simpson (Tony Allen, Polar Bear, Portico Quartet), the record cemented their reputation as one of the UK’s most promising new acts and gathered them much love from high places. Glastonbury’s Michael Eavis personally invited the band to perform at the festival while BBC 6 Music’s Craig Charles has since championed their cause.

But it’s in the live arena where they’ve attracted the most attention - they’ve blown away festival audiences at Green Man, Secret Garden Party, Glastonbury and Shambala while connecting with indie stars Bombay Bicycle Club to lend their percussive beats and horns to the rising band’s performances at Latitude, Reading and Glastonbury’s Other Stage.

LAC’s take on Fela’s original blueprint remains traditional but includes modern injections of raw funk, latin and even dubstep in latest single Occupy, all glued together by bold brass and dancefloor sweat. With a catalogue of new material ready for release and the festival season on the horizon, the rise of LAC looks unstoppable – you won’t be able to resist them…