|Birth name||Eska Mtungwazi|
|Origin||London, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Folk, Soul, Jazz|
|Instruments||Guitar, Violin, Piano|
|Years active||1998 – present|
|Associated acts||The Invisible, Zero 7, The Cinematic Orchestra, Matthew Herbert|
Life and career
Born in Zimbabwe, ESKA moved to South London as a young child, and steadily built a reputation as Britain's best kept musical secret through her feature work with an eclectic range of established UK artists and bands.
In 2013 she released her debut solo project titled Gatekeeper EP on her own Earthling Recordings label, which featured five original tracks and was co-produced by acclaimed producers Matthew Herbert and David Okumu. The EP attracted worldwide critical acclaim, including tastemaker Gilles Peterson, who called ESKA "one of the most important singers in the UK right now", and Jamie Cullum, who declared the EP's title song to be "an unbelievable track that will be hard to beat in 2013". The title track from the EP was also selected by Peterson for his Brownswood Bubblers 10 compilation, which was released on Brownswood Recordings.
ESKA released her eponymous debut album on 26 April 2015.
- Gatekeeper EP (2013)
- Eska (2015)
- Dakarai Mashava, "Zim-born singer creates buzz in UK", Daily News, 4 November 2013.
- "Gatekeeper EP", ESKA.
- Brownswood Bubblers 10, Brownwood Recordings.