LONDON AFROBEAT COLLECTIVE
Released: 25th May 2015
International Afrobeat Powerhouse Release Brand New Album For Summer 2015
25th May 2015 marks the release of ‘Food Chain’, the brand new album from contemporary Afrobeat trailblazers and firm festival favourites London Afrobeat Collective. Having been at the forefront of London’s live music circuit and attracting a plethora of international bookings following their self titled debut L.A.C, the 10 piece collective set out to encapsulate the energy generated during their live performances and combine this with a newly evolved songwriting ability and refined musical prowess.
‘Food Chain’ is without doubt the band’s best work to date, representing a new level of discipline for the group, keeping true to the original principles of the Afrobeat movement and paving the way for its future as a unique and exciting genre to be heard and enjoyed globally.
Produced by Leon Brichard (Ibibio Sound Machine, Plan B, Fela! the musical) with graphic design by prolific artist Ben Hito (George Clinton/Parliament/Funkadelic) ‘Food Chain’ is an album of anthemic songs with socially conscious lyrics, set to bold brass lines and hypnotic danceable grooves.
Since Michael Eavis invited London Afrobeat Collective to open the West Holts (formerly the Jazz World Stage) at Glastonbury, the band are now a highlight of the British summer music calendar having staged highly acclaimed performances at Bestival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown Fair, Green Man, Standon Calling, Wilderness and many more. The group also appeared with No. 1 album selling band Bombay Bicycle Club for main stage performances at Bestival, Latitude, Reading, Glastonbury and Brixton Academy.
Their eponymous debut album, successive single releases and remixes have been supported and endorsed by the likes of Questlove (band leader of the Roots) on ‘Okay Africa’ and BBC Radio 6 Music’s Craig Charles Funk and Soul show. The band have also performed live on Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’ programme presented by Clive Anderson and have earned rave reviews in the national press including The Guardian and Time Out.
The band have also recently confirmed a tour of Nigeria, where they will play four shows across the country as part of the annual ‘Felebration’ festival.
‘Food Chain’ cements London Afrobeat Collective’s reputation as one of the most unique and exciting bands in the UK today, having created a highly accomplished work with international flair that’s culturally relevant from London to Lagos.
23rd April Royal Albert Hall, Elgar Rooms (Pre-album launch signing) LONDON
3rd May Hi Fi Club LEEDS
15th May The Prince Of Wales, Brixton (Album Launch Party) LONDON
24th May Knockengorroch Festival SCOTLAND
29th May Blues Kitchen, Shoreditch LONDON
12th June Southbank Centre LONDON
26th June Glastonbury Festival SOMERSET
5th July Avant Festival ESSEX
12th July Mondomix Festival ISLE OF WIGHT
1st August The Fleece BRISTOL
6th September A Festival Called Wonder EAST SUSSEX
12th-19th October ‘Felabration Festival’ NIGERIA
PRE ORDER LONDON AFROBEAT’S NEW ALBUM ON iTUNES HERE: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/food-chain/id991333327