Da Lata pays homage to West African cultures with new EP Oba Lata


Led by Chris Franck and Patrick Forge, Da Lata return with a new EP called ‘Oba Lata’ their first official release in 3 years.

The new release follows the ‘Fabiola’ LP released in 2013 on Agogo records and 2016’s one-off track entitled ‘Asking Eyes’ described by tastemaker extraordinaire Gilles Peterson as “a summer anthem”.

Recorded at Ernie McKone’s Boogie Back Studios the 3-track release combines traditional Yoruban chant with afro-beat grooves, modern African rhythms (like Gqom and Coupé-Décalé) with acoustic and electronic elements.

Watch the video for lead track ‘Dakar’ which was inspired by the capital city of Senegal after the band spent time there during the period of Ramadan in 2017.

The mid tempo instrumental track features an 8 piece woodwind/horn section recorded in Belo Horizonte (Brazil) and arranged by Rafael Martini. Leaning heavily towards north Africa the cut combines acoustic and electronic elements to create a deep modal feel and mood. It’s the perfect song to wind down from a long hard week.

Pre-order the EP here ahead of its 3rd May release, and check out the tracklisting below.

Tracklisting:

1. Oba Lata
2. Oba Lata (NameBrandSound Remix)
3. Dakar

CF Smith

Write for Music Is My Sanctuary & Stereofox.

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