Juanita Euka is a Congolese-born, London-based singer/songwriter with a remarkably broad musical palette. The niece of Luambo Makiadi Franco—Congo music royalty—she lived in Argentina and made a deep dive into tango, later Afro-Peruvian music, and in London, Afrobeat and funk with the London Afrobeat Collective. Read Banning Eyre's interview here.
For our program of "Afropop Cover Songs," we made a selection of African musicians covering each other's work, as on Manu Dibango's 1994 collaboration album Wakafrika. We also highlight examples of Western artists covering African songs, and African artists covering Western songs. Here are videos of a number of songs featured in our program, and a few others.
The small city of Wúrzburg, Germany, situated about an hour's drive between Frankfurt and Nuremburg, along the banks of the Main River, has played host to the largest and oldest African music and cultural festival in all of Europe since 1989. This year the festival will take place from May 26-29. More info here.
Win free tickets to Amadou & Mariam and The Blind Boys of Alabama at New York's Town Hall, May 2. Click here.
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