Animanz

Founded by guitarist Max Rodriguez with the sole intention of driving dance floors wild.

Founded by guitarist Max Rodriguez with the sole intention of driving dance floors wild, Animanz and Juanita Euka is a collaborative project created with childhood friends Joshua Brandler (bass), Marc Goymour (keys), Andrea Gugel (drums), and later joined by Juanita Euka (vocals). Signing to Tru Thoughts in July 2018, they are set to release their debut album ‘Exotic Other’.

A motley crew of funk, Animanz started gigging in London in 2013. Developing from a thrash-funk four-piece into a genre-smashing collective, Animanz’s ever-growing and changing line-up has brought flavours of rhumba, cumbia and merengue to their dynamic sound. Renowned for their chemistry, raw energy and excitement on stage, their performances are a live phenomenon not to be missed.

The band first met Congolese/Argentinian vocalist Juanita Euka when they were billed to support London-based Afro-Latin, hip-hop and reggae group Wara in 2013. Mesmerised by her performance, the band felt they had found both the voice and attitude they’d been looking for and she joined the line-up that year. The niece of legendary Congolese guitarist Franco Luambo, Juanita Euka sings in English, Spanish and French and is part of the London Afrobeat Collective.