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London Afrobeat Collective
Elevator Music DJs
**flash sale sold out - there will be tickets available on the door tonight**
This Sunday, Chilean funk spectacle Newen Afrobeat bring their 15-piece orchestra to East London for a cross-continental bill with local party starters London Afrobeat Collective. After meeting in Lagos, we've worked to bring these two torchbearers of global afrobeat together for a night of heavy brass, hypnotic chant and infectious dance in Shoreditch.
Newen Afrobeat have shared the stage with afrobeat royalty such as Tony Allen, Oghene Kologbo and Femi and Seun Kuti, and are today recognised globally as one of the most impressive and energetic projects in the genre. On August bank holiday they grace the club with their brass-heavy elevations straight from the founder.
For the discerning local party people, London Afrobeat Collective need no introduction. Their explosive brand of afrobeat has taken them from the capital to Glastonbury's West Holts stage and high-profile dates all over Europe. Weaving hypnotic grooves, pounding rhythms and soaring melodies, North London's politicised party machine are an incendiary live act who channel the spirit of the 1970s West African funk-jazz fusion for 2017.
AND if that's not enough rhythm to satisfy, Elevator Afro Club DJs will keep you moving with a handpicked selection of funk, jazz and disco from Africa and further afield.
The spirit of Fela is alive and well in London.
Afrobeat is a composite of funk, jazz and traditional West African elements that emerged in Nigeria and surrounding countries in the 1970s. It was characterised by large brass sections and complex rhythms, drawn together by controversial lyrical content that challenged colonialism, corruption and racism within the West African domain and its global diaspora. By nature, afrobeat spread to and evolved within different corners of the globe, lodging this music within a global matrix that celebrates rhythm and unity.
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