tony allen

London-based songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and remixer Chris Franck is the creative force behind the Afro-Brazilian dance club group Da Lata he co-founded with dj and producer Patrick Forge in the early 1990s. Over the course of Da Lata’s 20-year career the pair have worked alongside, remixed or collaborated with the likes of Femi Kuti, Sly and Robbie, Ernest Ranglin, Baaba Maal, and Bebel Gilberto. The release of their long-awaited third album Fabiola launches a new chapter in the Afro-Brazilian adventure.

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 steps towards making a new record. Drawing together a worldwide family of collaborators both old and new, the album 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). The end result is a record with a raw and live approach fusing Afro-Brazilian flavours and a dance-floor sensibility. Characterised by Da Lata's new ‘organic edge’, and dispensing with programming and electronic production gimmicks, Fabiola's emphasis is on the ‘real’ in every sense, with original songs composed 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, winning them critical praise, a session on the über hip Boiler Room and UK Lukas Award for ‘Best Brazilian Act of 2013’.

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.

Carthage Music administer Chris Franck’s copyrights on the Da Lata album Fabiola and the accompanying remixes worldwide.