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    Mabanzo
    Artist
    Juanita Euka
    Label
    Strut
    Catalogue Number
    STRUT248D
    Release Date
    March 25, 2022
    • Vinyl 1×LP

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      STRUT248LP

      A1 Juanita Euka - Alma Seca
      A2 Juanita Euka - Mboko Moko
      A3 Juanita Euka - For All It's Worth
      A4 Juanita Euka - Sueños De Libertad

      B2 Juanita Euka - Baño De Oro
      B3 Juanita Euka - Na Lingi
      B4 Juanita Euka - Motema
      B5 Juanita Euka - Blood

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      STRUT248CD

    Strut present the debut solo album Mabanzo by Congolese vocalist, Juanita Euka. 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.

    Born in RD 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 garage to grime.

    With her new album Mabanzo (meaning ‘Thoughts’), Juanita brings together her many and varied musical influences into play and pulls no lyrical punches. Killer dancefloor single ‘Na Lingi Mobali Te’ is pure contemporary Congolese guitar gold, ‘Mboka Moka’ channels ‘80s boogie and Quincy horn stylings on an anthem for personal struggle and ‘Baño de Oro’ brings a heavy Afro-Cuban workout. Elsewhere, the epic ballad ‘Sueños de Libertad’ is an impassioned call for freedom and the lilting ‘For All It’s Worth’ champions love over materialism. Recorded entirely at home studios during lockdown, the album was painstakingly constructed by producer Greg Sanders with all musicians recorded remotely. “I have always written songs and poems since I was young,” reflects Euka. “I met Greg, a multi-instrumentalist and producer, while I was in Wara and we started the journey towards a solo project. Greg has that knowledge and vision of different sounds and it is the perfect way to celebrate my music journey. I have tried to bring all of the musical heritage that I have experienced into my album.”

    Digital Track List

    1. 1 Alma Seca 4:51 Buy

      Alma Seca

    2. 2 Mboka Moko 4:36 Buy

      Mboka Moko

    3. 3 For All It's Worth 5:35 Buy

      For All It's Worth

    4. 4 Sueños De Libertad 4:33 Buy

      Sueños De Libertad

    5. 5 Nalingi Mobali Te 5:05 Buy

      Nalingi Mobali Te

    6. 6 Blood 4:30 Buy

      Blood

    7. 7 Baño De Oro 4:50 Buy

      Baño De Oro

    8. 8 Motema 6:17 Buy

      Motema

    9. 9 Camarades 6:27 Buy

      Camarades

    10. 10 War Is Over 4:25 Buy

      War Is Over

    11. 11 Irresolute 5:16 Buy

      Irresolute

    12. 12 Alma Seca (Acoustic Version) 4:08 Buy

      Alma Seca (Acoustic Version)

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Strut present the debut solo album Mabanzo by Congolese vocalist, Juanita Euka. 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.
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