Da Lata’s long awaited new album ‘Fabiola’ was released in October 2013 on Agogo Records. Having re-ignited after a 10 year hiatus, the Brazilian influenced group’s third album has gained critical praise, they have re-established their reputation for blowing audiences away and have won the UK Lukas Award for Best Brazilian Act. A 7 piece band, Da Lata is led by Chris Franck & DJ Patrick Forge with Brazilian songstress Jandira Silva on vocals. They’re currently in the studio recording new tracks for a new album scheduled for release in November 2014. Over the course of their 20 year career, Da Lata have worked alongside, remixed or collaborated with the likes of Femi Kuti, Sly and Robbie, Ernest Ranglin, Baaba Maal and Bebel Gilberto. They’ve played some of the biggest stages around the world including Roskilde, Coachella, Glastonbury, North Sea Jazz, Womad and Central Park Summer Stage.
UK Awards & Quotes
Brazilian Act of the Year – Lukas Awards 2013
“Da Lata back on top form. Proper London tropicalia” Gilles Peterson
“They haven’t lost their instinct for a killer groove…. at the heart of things is a cooking live band from a dream dance club” The Guardian
“Their best (album) yet” Metro 4/5
“An absorbing return…could well be their best yet” Songlines 4/5
“A masterpiece…this is surely the group’s finest hour? A knockout delight” 9/10 Blues & Soul
“Each track is a new trip… a pure pleasure” Laurent Garnier
“A British Brazilian take on The Jam’s classic hit… a retro groove in the right direction” Metro Single of the Week
“Sure to warm up even the coldest depths of December” Fred Perry Subculture
“Wicked show, our favourite to date and Da Lata are welcome to return” Gavin Newman, Programmer @ Hospital Club, London
“Love the album, I am a massive fan” Lopa Kothari BBC Radio 3
“Quality album from the very first note! A must have” Dr Bob Jones
“Back to their best” Peter Kruder (Kruder & Dorfmeister)
“An aural delight to behold” The Ransom Note
“Da Lata pay their nth unmistakable and stylish tribute to Brazil…and ruling the dancefloor” Sounds & Colours UK Radio: Huey Morgan, Gilles Peterson, Gideon Coe, Craig Charles, Don Letts (BBC 6Music), World on 3, The Late Junction (BBC Radio 3), Mike Chadwick (Jazz FM), British Council Selector.
European Press Quotes
“This album is a real recommendation for anyone wanting new musical discoveries” Münchner Merkur (DE)
“Dive in and get acquainted” Jazz Thing (DE)
“Ten delicious arrangements” 4/5 Mondomix (FR)
“Handmade Afro-Brazilian sounds with the awareness of the global dancefloor” WDR Funkhaus Europa (DE)
“Entertaining, cheerful pot pourri of all types of music” Written In Music (NL)
TOUR DATES 2014
April 04 London Coffee Festival London UK
April 05 Funky Elephant Festival Helsinki Finland
May 10 Rich Mix London UK
May 25 Chill Out Festival Istanbul Turkey
June 14 Vamos Festival Newcastle UK
July 01 Rich Mix London UK
July 12 HKW Berlin Germany
July 13 Topolski Southbank London UK
July 19 Brazilica Festival Liverpool UK
July 20 Rhythm Tree Festival Isle of Wight UK
Aug 10 Haffensommer Festival Wurzberg Germany
Oct 03 FlipSide Festival Suffolk UK
Nov 15 London Jazz Festival London UK
Previous Tour Dates in 2013
Somerset House, London. Band on the Wall, Manchester. The Forge, London. The New Empowering Church, London. BITEF, Serbia.
Biographies & Credits
Chris Franck | Guitars & Vocals
Writer and producer of Da Lata Zeep & Smoke City. In 1999 Smoke City’s,‘Underwater Love’ featured on Levis’ advert sending it to the top of the charts around the world. Chris has since worked with musicians like Bernie Worrell, Nona Hendryx, Nile Rogers, Baaba Maal, Ernest Ranglin,George Clinton & Sly and Robbie.
Patrick Forge | DJ & Producer
Co-founder of Da Lata (with Chris Franck) and DJ who famously popularised Brazilian music in the UK during the late ‘80s through Kiss FM. A resident DJ with Gilles Peterson forming part of the musical backbone for the legendary Dingwalls all-dayers in Camden, London and now tours the world DJing.
Jandira Silva | Vocals
Born in Rio De Janeiro, Jandira moved to the UK in the early 2000s. It wasn’t until 2012 that she joined Da Lata and brought her unbelievable talents to the fore and her devastating vocals are now intrinsic to the new Da Lata sound.
Finn Peters | Saxophone & Flute
Finn first came to attention when he won the London Young Jazz Award in 1999 and 10 years later he won a BBC Radio 1 Worldwide Award. He worked with Matthew Herbert’ on the Butterfly album and has worked with Frederick Rzewski, Bill Frisell, DJ Spinna and Sam Rivers.
Ernie McKone | Bass Guitar
Ernie is a prolific writer, arranger and player who pioneered London’s rare soul scene. He is the MD and bass player for Candi Staton and is bass player for long running funk outfit, Push. Credits include Leon Ware, Reuben Wilson, Marta Reeves and Fred Wesley.
Davide Giovannini | Drums
He currently works with Lisa Stansfield having recorded on her new album and tours with her band. Other credits include Bjork, Steve Winwood & Pet Shop Boys.
Tristan Banks | Drums
Da Lata’s first percussionist and key member of the extended family. He recently spent 6 months in Brazil on tour with Thriller Live (The Michael Jackson Musical) and has previously played live with Terry Callier, Roy Ayers, Marcos valle and Alexander O’Neil.
Mike Patto | Keys
Mike has worked with Chris and Patrick for over 15 years and also works with Kenny Lynch OBE and was a cornerstone of the Reel People project. He has produced the two most recent albums for NZ saxophonist Nathan Haines, as well as Kenny Wheeler award winner Josh Arcoleo. He has worked on a myriad of dance music releases from the likes of DJ Spen, Restless Soul, and Modaji.
Carl Smith | Percussion
Co-writer and performer of STOMP, a touring percussion show nominated for an Oscar and a Grammy. Carl breathes Brazilian music and lived in Brazil for 6 years from the back on the ‘90s onwards where he played with some of the most important samba schools.
Diabel Cissokho | Kora & Vocals
Sengalese kora player who had a long stint as Baaba Maal’s touring kora player and also played with Justin Adams and Pee Wee Wllis and has performed at some of the biggest festivals and venues including Glastonbury, WOMAD and Royal Festival Hall.