Strut Records present the debut solo album Mabanzo by Congolese vocalist, Juanita Euka with her new single Mboka Moko.
A familiar face to many from London’s vibrant live music scene over the last decade, Juanita has fronted London Afrobeat Collective’s dynamic live shows, the fusions and cross-pollinations of Animanz and maverick Cuban collective Wara. As a solo artist, she broke through in early 2020, performing her single Alma Seca in series 3 of blockbuster series Killing Eve.
With her new album Mabanzo (meaning ‘Thoughts’), Juanita brings together her many and varied musical influences into play and pulls no lyrical punches. on her new single Mboka Moka she channels ‘80s boogie and Quincy Jones's horn stylings on an anthem for personal struggle
Listen to Juanita Euka new single Mboka Moko, from her forthcoming debut album Mabanzo:
Originally from DR Congo and brought up in Buenos Aires, Juanita’s upbringing involved many different musical influences, not least her uncle, Congolese rumba giant Franco Luambo Makiadi. In Argentina, I listened to a wide range of styles from African-American artists to Dominican stars like Juan Luis Guerra, the Congolese greats like my uncle and Papa Wemba and various artists from Argentina including Mercedes Sosa. Some of my main inspirations were (and still are) international Afro-Cuban artists like Celia Cruz and La Lupe. Moving to the UK aged 14, she joined Afro-Peruvian band Malambo and immersed herself in London’s own sounds, from Soul to Jazz to Funk.
Watch below Juanita Euka new single Mboka Moko, from her forthcoming debut album Mabanzo:
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