Born Eunice Quipuco Piedade José, on August 8, 1974, in Angola, Afrikkanitha manifested her artistry at 4. She was born to dance and sing. Influenced by american musicians, like Whitney Houston, and other artists from 80’s, she danced the choreography of Michael Jackson with dance groups she led as choreographer, during adolescence.
At only 5 years old, an accident on a swing at home resulted in an overall atrophy in the right eye, and a noticeable strabismus. Afrikkanitha was different from other children. Constant insults from adults and children made wary of people and closed to many. Music and dance were her refuge. She has skills. At 14, she was dedicated to writing poems. The lack of resources and opportunities to manifest as an artist made her more dedicated to studies, a priority for her father.
At 15, a musician and friend Maninho Teixeira, introduced Afrikkanitha to the music world. He taught her a little of guitar and had her listen to Karin White’s songs. Then, she returned to guitar and singing lessons with M'Baxi. The guitar made blisters on her fingers and Afrikkanitha not bear the pain. In 1991, during a Portuguese Brazilian conference with composer Sérgio Ricardo, who composes for Elis Regina, invited her to share the stage with him. Afrikkanitha was 19, and took the stage like a professional, dancing and singing samba. At the same event, pianist Joao Oliveira (Jamjão) played and later become Afrikkanitha’s driving force. They dedicated some time doing rehearsed on themes of Tom Jobim, Djavan and other international classics. They delight the audience and continue to make music together.