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Soul // Dublin, Dublin // She/Her

“Blending spoken word, near-rap with sultry, honey-toned vocals atop a groovy guitar riff, it's packed full of soul and R&B elements as well as an alt-pop energy. Named after her Cuban heritage, Qbanaa is setting the Irish scene alight with her diverse gifts.” - Hot Press

Based in Dublin, Qbanaa grew up travelling back and forth from Cuba where music and salsa dancing were integral parts of her childhood. She grew up in North Frederick Street Flats, D1 where she sang in school choirs and with her grandmother in Spanish Mass. Her debut single 'Truth and Desire' was released in October 2022 and met with instant acclaim. The song was listed in the top 40 Irish songs of the year by DJ Peter Curtin, and was nominated for 'Track of the Year' by Hot Press, alongside another nomination for Most Promising Artist.

Qbanaa's second release ‘Rise Above’ dropped February 2023 and is a two track EP collaboration with Dan Doherty (Darklands Studio). The song 'Creative Perfection Pt.1' was named as a track of the week by Hot Press, Nialler9 and Golden Plec and was a cover feature on the ‘A Breath of Fresh Éire’ Spotify playlist.

Earning a reputation for an incredible live performance, Q has founded the Soul Juice jazz/Soul open mic in Dashi Smithfield. The event's ethos is to build a community around the Jazz-fusion scene in Dublin and to showcase rising talent in the genre. Her upcoming Dublin headline show on the 28th of April in the SoundHouse is selling fast, with support from DeCarteret, Kayleigh Noble and queer collective, Strawberry DJs.


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