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Juanita Euka is a distinctive presence in the London music scene. The niece of Congolese rumba star Franco Luambo Makiadi, Euka grew up surrounded by the music of Congolese and Afro-Cuban artists in her home in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Belgrano. After moving to London at the age of 14, Euka has been a fixture of the Latin American music scene in the British capital, having formed part of the Afro-Peruvian band Malambo and the London Afrobeat Collective. Her unique upbringing has given Euka an array of influences ranging from Congolese guitar music and rumba, Afrobeat, tango, cumbia villera, salsa, bolero, and pop. In her hands, these genres shine together in a singular fusion—vocal harmonies anchored firmly in pop and R&B, but music and spirit that honors Euka’s journey through Latin America, Europe, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her debut solo album, Mabanzo, is an enthralling listen that offers a blueprint of what Latin music could be if it embraced its differences.