Shurakano was born in Kinshasa in 1972, Belgian and Zairean native from a Zairean Father and a Belgian Mother, he spent a part of his childhood in Tucson, Arizona. At the age of 3, he moved in Belgium with his family and start singing with his brother and his sister at the age of 6, His influences at that time were mainly Soul Music, Funk and Disco. Motown, Epic, MCA, Polygram artists were his universe and he bought his first record at the age of 7, that was Funkytown performed by the band Lipps Inc on Casablanca Records. Later he discovered Rap Music and Hip Hop, listening to artist like Kool Moe Dee, Beastie Boys, Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, T Sky Valley, Frankie Smith, Kid Creole, The Fat boys… and Public Enemy’s Yo! Bum Rush the Show changed forever his perception of Hip Hop. Rappin’ at that time was not really mainstream and European Electronic Music was influenced by prophetic artists like Kraftwerk or Jean Michel Jarre… After several experiences with Funk and Disco Cover Bands he met Kid Crème and fell deep into Deejaying, Jungle Music, Ragga and Drum ‘n’ Bass. Shurakano also led, as a frontman, a Local Funk Metal Hardcore Band called DSV “Da Snake Vibe”, this experience gave him the chance to perform his own repertoire of songs and to learn about stage performances, hosting first part of “Channel Zero” and “PPZ 30″ concerts. All these experiences gave him a 360° view of the available possibilities and opportunities when you hold a mike in your hand. EDM and House Music were yet to come his main universe.
“I remember the first party I hosted as a MC in Brussels at Startrax disco-bar, they had to close because people were dancing outside of the club, road-blocking the street at noon on Sunday”
Shurakano started in the EDM business in the early 90’s working for several record labels and clubs in Belgium and performing mainly in Europe: France, UK, Italy, Spain… Song writer and author of multiple European and global dance music hits like “Right on Time” for Syndicate of L.A.W “Doing my own thing” and “Down and under” with Kid Crème, “Trust it” and “Alone” on Junior Jack’s Debut Album, Monako “Shake that Body and “Saxo Anthem” with Sandy Vee and Fred Pellichero, Dj LBR’s “This Party” and “U Got it”… He’s constantly busy on new tracks and worked with artists like Daddy K, Topazz William L. Wright, Sandy Vee, Shamel S, Frank Degrees, Richard Q, Dj Funkyrickstar, Dj LBR, Jesse Green, Fabrice Mondor, Brown Sugar, Fred Pellichero, Tom de Neef, Charles Shillings, Yves V, Dave Lambert, Barry Fore, Stefan K, Dominico, Terry Logist, Juan Pacifico, Milkymates and many others…
Mood Catalyst or 3rd turntable, giving the dance floor a boost or powering up the connection between the deejay booth and the crowd, he hosted Tomorrowland Main stage 2009 Edition and Versuz @ Tomorrowland, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 (Awarded best Electronic Festival of the World for the first time in 2011) and he has 9 years of experience in Ibiza with Junior Jack and Kid Crème for Defected In The House @ Pacha, Ibiza and Ministry of Sound. Resident Emcee from 2006 until august 2011 in the VERSUZ (awarded 5 Stars Club on http://www.clubjudge.com/) on Saturnights hosting parties and international artists sets like Martin Solveig, Bob Sinclar, Roger Sanchez, David Guetta, Ismäel Rivas, Sandy Rivera, ATFC, Joachim Garreau, Yves V, Fedde Le Grand, John Dahlbäch, Simon Dunmore… He’s also touring constantly in Belgium’s best clubs like NUNU, Carré, B-club, etc… Take your chance to be in the crowd when he gets busy on the Mic.
Mitomi Tokoto feat. Shurakano “Music” (Norman Doray Edit) on (Azuli/Defected UK)
Brown Sugar feat. Shurakano “Room 157″ (Suka Records FR)
Milkymates feat. Shurakano “Crank” (Oxyd Records IT)
Tom De Neef feat. Shurakano “Baboom” (Suka Records FR)
Soundshakerz feat. Shurakano “Bigalabina” (Happy Music FR)
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