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Lafayette Afro Rock Band

Lafayette Afro Rock Band

lafayette_afro_rock_band_group3Though little known in the U.S., the Parisian-based LAFAYETTE AFRO ROCK BAND (aka, ICE, CRISPY & CO., CAPTAIN DAX, BOBBY BOYD CONGRESS) was among the premier funk bands of the 1970s, becoming a seemingly endless source of samples and breaks for artist from Public Enemy to Janet Jackson. Living and working in Paris, their story is unique to the American record industry.

In 1968, the group was formed in Roosevelt, Long Island, NY, as THE SOUL CONGRESS, featuring Bobby Boyd (saxophone/vocals) and Frank Abel (keyboards). The group was the house band at the legendary NYC club THE CHEETAH and also appeared in clubs in Canada, Washington D.C., Boston, and other East Coast cities. In 1971, the group, now know as the BOBBY BOYD CONGRESS, toured East and West Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, and of course, France. This outfit recorded one album before Bobby Boyd returned stateside.

The rapper, Trinidad James, recently sampled a song, titled “TRAIN” from this album. The group renamed ICE, embracing a jazz-funk, soulful, colorful and energetic style to their music.  “EACH MAN MAKES HIS OWN DESTINY” was released in 1972 and in 1974, “ICE” on Prestige Records, was released in the United States.  Living in Paris and numerous performances in Africa led ICE to increasingly weave African rhythms, textures and tribal beats into their original jazz-funk style and as such, LAFAYETTE AFRO ROCK BAND was formed.