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New Afrobeat Single From Pan-African Band Lakuta


Hailing from Brighton, U.K., but with roots in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Malaysia and Spain, Lakuta is a vibrant Afrobeat posse cooking up a particularly British and multiculturalist strain of the classic Nigerian genre.

“Bata Boy” is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming album, Brothers and Sisters, which drops on Tru Thoughts this Aug. 12. Combining Cuban chachalokefun rhythms with ostinato guitar patterns, incessant bass grooves and vocals decrying the silent complicity of the masses in the face of sexual prejudice, the track sits nicely within the growing nexus of globally oriented but locally rooted Afrobeat collectives, such as São Paulo’s Bixiga 70, Buenos Aires’ Guanabana Orquesta  and New York’s very own Super Yamba Band. Listen to it below.