Lafayette Afro Rock Band

Lafayette Afro Rock Band

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The group was formed in Long Island, NY as the Bobby Boyd Congress; deciding America was already overloaded with funk acts, in 1971 they relocated to France, but when frontman Bobby Boyd returned stateside the remaining members renamed themselves Ice and became the house session band at producer Pierre Jaubert's Parisound studio.

Regularly performing live in Paris' Barbesse district — an area made up primarily of African immigrants — Ice's driving funk became increasingly influenced by African rhythms and textures, and in the wake of their 1973 debut LP 'Each Man Makes His Own Destiny', Jaubert changed the group's name to the Lafayette Afro Rock Band.

In 1974 they released their second album 'Soul Makossa' (issued in the U.S. as 'Movin' & Groovin''), highlighted by the oft-covered and much-sampled 'Hihache'.
The follow-up, 'Malik', featured the cut 'Darkest Light', its desolate saxophone intro later sampled for use by Public Enemy for track 'Show 'Em Whatcha Got'.
With 1976's 'Frisco Disco', the group reverted to the Ice moniker. In 1978 the band returned to America where they disbanded soonafter.

Though little known in their native U.S., the Lafayette Afro Rock Band was among the premier funk outfits of the 1970s, later becoming a seemingly endless source of samples and breaks for everyone from Wreckx'N'Effect to Janet Jackson.
Essential listening for any lover of the hard groove.
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Lafayette Afro Rock Band Discography

Albums

M. 70-048 S Lafayette Afro-Rock Band* Soul Makossa (Album) Musidisc M. 70-048 S Spain 1973 Sell This Version
M. 70-049 Lafayette Afro Rock Band Malik (Album) America Records, America Records M. 70-049 Spain 1974 Sell This Version
SUC 9904 The Lafayette Afro-Rock Band* Afon- 10 Unreleased Afro Funk Recordings (1971-1974) (Album) Superclasse SUC 9904 France 1999 Sell This Version
TPNV 3639 Lafayette Afro Rock Band Featuring Mikki "Mikele" White Lafayette Afro Rock Band Featuring Mikki "Mikele" White - Red Match Box (Album) Topomic TPNV 3639 France 2011 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

EM2705 Lafayette Afro-Rock Band* Voodounon / Oglenon(7", Single) Editions Makossa EM2705 US 1973 Sell This Version
EM 4791 Lafayette Afro Rock Band Hihache(7", RE) Editions Makossa EM 4791 US 2009 Sell This Version
RIP004 Badder Than Evil / Lafayette Afro Rock Band Badder Than Evil / Lafayette Afro Rock Band - Hot Wheels / Congo(7") Death Breaks RIP004 US 2013 Sell This Version
AM 17043 Lafayette Afro - Rock Band* Oglenon / Azeta(7", Single) America Records AM 17043 France Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

strutlp 003 Lafayette Afro Rock Band Darkest Light: The Best Of The Lafayette Afro Rock Band (Comp) Strut strutlp 003 UK 1999 Sell This Version
NPS 187 The Lafayette Afro Rock Band* The Ultimate Collection(CD, Comp) New Power Soul Recordings NPS 187 France 2000 Sell This Version