In addition, four Lafayette Afro Rock Band and two ICE full length albums will be made digitally available
LOS ANGELES, CA – October 24, 2016 – The Lafayette Afro Rock Band, aka Ice were an American Funk Band formed in Roosevelt, Long Island, New York that relocated to Paris, France in 1970 where they recorded with legendary French producer Pierre Jaubert as the house session band at his Parisound Studio. Almost unknown in their native United States during their recording career, they have since become a huge cult sensation and are now universally celebrated as one of the standout Funk bands of the 1970s. Manifesto Records will release an anthology of their music, AfroFunkExplosion! on October 28.
The Lafayette Afro Rock Band are one of the most sampled bands ever with their revered “Hihache” appearing on Biz Markie’s classic “Nothing Beats the Biz,” LL Cool J’s defining “Jiggling Baby,” Montell Jordan’s enduring hit “This is How We Do It,” and many more by artists including De La Soul and Coolio.
Their track “Darkest Light” has an iconic saxophone part that has been looped to great effect most notably by Wreckx-N-Effect on party favorite “RumpShaka,” more consciously by Public Enemy on “Show Em What You Got,” which in turn inspired it’s use in Jay-Z’s “Show Me What You Got,” plus in Masters at Work’s dancefloor classic “Justa Lil Dope,” and others by artists including Heavy D, Brittany Spears, and the Freestylers.
Other popular artists who have sampled The Lafayette Afro Rock Band include Ice Cube, Gorillaz, N2Deep, The Beatnuts, Kruder & Dorfmeister Pizzicato Five, DJ Q-Bert, Flying Lotus, Nice & Smooth, Naughty by Nature, Digital Underground, Kriss Kross, Janet Jackson, and Gravediggaz, just to name a few.
The Double CD length release AfroFunkExplosion! features “Hihache” and “Darkest Light” along with 29 more insanely funky and oft sampled tracks from the Lafayette Afro Rock Band and Ice, as well as a few tracks from some of their other recording pseudonyms, Crispy & Co. and Captain Dax.
In addition to the CD and digitally released anthology, Manifesto will digitally release four Lafayette Afro Rock Band albums – Malik, Soul Makossa, Afon, and Red Matchbox, and two ICE albums – Each Man Makes His Destiny and Import/Export.
All of these recordings are long out of print and sell for up to $800 on eBay, but here they are finally available and have been digitally re-mastered from the original tapes. It’s time for the world to discover what the hip-hop, funk, and dance communities have long known – The Lafayette Afro Funk band brought the funk!
THE LAFAYETTE AFRO ROCK BAND VS. ICE
Manifesto Records: MFO 46401
Street Date: October 28
Double CD Set: $19.98 List
1. Darkest Light
3. Soul Makossa
9. Heels & Soles
10. Red Matchbox
11. Scorpion Flower (Crispy & Co.)
12. A.I.E. (A Mwana) (Crispy & Co.)
13. Dr. Beezar “Soul Frankenstein” (Captain Dax)
2. Hi Fi Woman
3. The Gap (Instrumental Version)
5. Funky Bunch
6. Too Little Room
7. Ozan Koukle
8. Put An X On The Spot (In The Sky)
9. Autumn Leaves
10. There’s Time To Change
12. I Need Love
14. Funky Lovin’
15. Time Will Tell
17. Don’t Wonder Why
18. One Chance