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The long awaited new album ‘Fabiola’, from global beat pioneers Da Lata will is available now via Agogo Records.

‘Fabiola’ started taking shape in 2010 after Patrick Forge returned to London from living in Japan. He met up with Chris Franck and they took the first tentative steps towards making a new record.

Drawing together a worldwide family of collaborators both old and new, they embarked upon a new era of Da Lata. ‘Fabiola’ their first album in ten years, features a host of talent including Luiz Gabriel Lopes (Graveola) (Brazil), Mayra Andrade (Cape Verde), Miguel Atwood Ferguson (USA) Rich Medina (USA) Marcelo Janeci (Brazil) Luisa Maita (Brazil), Fabricio FBC (Brazil), Sacha Gabriel (Canada), Jason Yarde (UK), Finn Peters (UK) and Diabel Cissokho (Senegal) who have all helped craft a record with a raw and live approach fusing Afro-Brazilian influences with a dance-floor sensibility.

The big question is, can their album be defined as solely 'world music?' Ultimately, it's the melting pot of London that really lies at the heart of 'Fabiola', a city where cultures and tastes continually collide. 'Fabiola' is not bound by any set of rules, for all its authenticity in the musicianship and grooves, the tunes themselves seek out new territory beyond glib categorisation. Characterised by Da Lata's new “organic edge” and dispensing with programming and electronic production gimmicks, 'Fabiola's’ emphasis is definitely on the “real” in every sense. Written exclusively by Chris Franck and the various collaborators; Franck, Forge and studio wizard Toni Econimides are the team that have crafted ‘Fabiola’ into Da Lata’s most mature and accomplished album yet. Melding elements of Brazilian and African styles with everything from folk, rock and psychedelia to spoken word, soul and dub, ‘Fabiola’ tears down the divide between ‘world music’ and just about every other genre.

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“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 Observer/Guardian

“Their best (album) yet” Metro 4/5

"Da Lata back on top form. Proper London tropicalia" GILLES PETERSON

“A masterpiece…this is surely the group's finest hour? A knockout delight.” Blues & Soul 9/10

“I absolutely love the album especially the way you move so well between countries and influences. Each track is a new trip , It's a pure pleasure” LAURENT GARNIER

Quality album from the very first note! A must have…DR BOB JONES


released October 21, 2013



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2013 marks 20 years since Chris Franck and Patrick Forge came together and began redefining Brazilian music. The duo have had major international success in bands (Smoke City, Zeep & Da Lata) and for Patrick as a respected DJ who was a pioneer for Brazilian music with UK station Kiss FM. New LP ‘Fabiola’, is available now. Two decades of Afro-Brazilian adventure and it ain’t over yet! ... more


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