DA LATA (LIVE)
For over 20 years, Patrick Forge, trailblazer for the Brazilian sound on British radio station Kiss FM in the 1990s, and Chris Franck (Smoke City, Zeep) have conducted their very own field research into
Their sound experiments under the name Da Lata result in surprising innovations, and now, after a ten year break, they are back with a new sound: No more studio-based electronic innovation, but a stage show with a raw live spirit - London Tropicalia, Afro-Brazilian with British attitude and an unerring instinct for a danceable sound. With a virtuoso global family of musicians, the core duo has mutated into a multi-piece band with “Killer Groove” (Guardian).
In 2013 they released the album „Fabiola“. It drew on a worldwide family of performers from Cape Verde to Brazil, USA, Canada and Mail, who have all helped craft a record with a raw and live approach fusing Afro Brazilian influences with a dance-floor sensibility and a distinctly London attitude. The band gained critical praise worldwide, re-established their reputation for blowing audiences away, recorded a session for the uber-hip Boiler Room and was awarded Best Brazilian Act of 2013 – Lukas Awards UK.
Da Lata continue to remould traditional Brazilian and world music styles with a pioneering aesthetic and energy guided by club culture. Over the course of their twenty-year career, they've played of the biggest stages including Roskilde, Coachella, Glastonbury, North Sea Jazz, Womad and Central Park Summer Stage. They've worked alongside, remixed or collaborated with the likes of George Clinton, Nile Rogers, Femi Kuti, Mayra Andrade, Sly and Robbie, Ernest Ranglin, Graveola, Baaba Maal, Nona Hendryx (Labelle) and Bebel Gilberto.
In the summer of 2016, the group released a new single – a cover version of underground classic „Asking Eyes“ by Raffaela Renzulli - with Gilles Peterson praising the version as a 'summer anthem' and the UK's Jazz FM putting it on heavy rotation.
In 2017 the Afro-Brazilian, soul-jazz pioneers are set to take to the road again with their new look now featuring two female singers Vanessa Freeman and Adriana Vasques.
Currently in the studio creating and recording, the group are focussed on a more Brazilian and live sound, going back to their roots and early work when signed to Palm Pictures/Island Records. An album is scheduled for summer 2017.