Jun 11, 2010
London Afrobeat Collective
The London Afrobeat Collective is a dirty dozen of battle-hardened musicians from all corners of the globe who’ve played everywhere from Gdansk to Zanzibar, from Lagos to Los Angeles. A Molotov cocktail of blazing horns and twisted drum beats, skanking guitars and soul-deep bass, pounding rhythms and politically charged vocals for troubled times.
In 2008, fifty years after the young Fela Kuti himself came to London to further his musical education, the L.A.C. was born with a mission to bring the heavy grooves and soaring melodies of the original Black President to a new generation of music lovers.
Since 2009 the L.A.C. has been the driving force behind the new afrobeat craze sweeping through the trendy clubs of Cool London. Proud, Camden, Charlie Wright's, Hoxton, Passing Clouds and the Empowering Church, Dalston, are just some of the venues they've blown away with their frenetic, powerhouse take on afrobeat.
And it is that unique, fresh take along with the dance floor eruption it consistently creates that has won them not only a devoted fan base and critical acclaim, but also a number of influential admirers — most notably Fela Kuti's own keyboard genius and Egypt 80 band leader, Dele Sosimi, who has shared the stage with the band on a number of occasions.
2010 sees the band taking their raw, explosive sound into the studio to record their debut album, which will involve extensive collaboration with some of Nigeria's finest singers, including resident vocalist, the celebrated Inemo Samiama.
A few songs are available at myspace!!
Labels: London Afrobeat Collective