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Anna Iachino

Anna Iachino from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, of Italian descent is the songwriter, vocalist, rapper, spoken word artist, poet, electronic music composer, dancer, and storyteller with a comical bent.  Arnold Ludvig from the Faroe Islands is the composer, arranger, and award-winning virtuoso bass player.  Together, they are a dynamic husband and wife team and the creators of MonkeyRat founded in 2006, in the Faroe Islands.  MonkeyRat delivers multi-genre music rooted mainly in Funk. The band was formed in Copenhagen, Denmark with award winning guitarist, Alain Apaloo from Togo, Africa and superb Danish drummer Jens Stoklund.  

​MonkeyRat released their 2010 debut album, "Fuck The Jante Law" followed by "Sunshine" in 2012 to great reviews and many #1 hits.  In 2016, 4 funky digital singles were released with The Hentze Horns and received international radio airplay.  Get into The Light, MonkeyRat's first hip-hop/gospel collaboration with Debbie Cameron, Deborah Herbert, and Joanita Zachariasen was released in 2018 with resounding success.  

On March 20, 2020, MonkeyRat started the year with their hit single, "Good Morning Reykjavík", a super funky dance number with a comical spin on the infectious chorus.  "U Gotta Love Being U ft. Alain Apaloo" with Deborah's soulful vocals on the chorus is MonkeyRat's first pop/singer-songwriter/soul, single and Anna's first co-written song with Hans Andrias Jacobsen and Beinir Troest Rasmussen.  In these dark and uncertain times, "U Gotta Love Being U" lifts the spirit and raises the vibration spreading a message of positivity and love. 

In 2022, MonkeyRat released "The Child", their 1st jazzy dream-pop/bedroom-pop/neo-soul single, recorded and mixed by Arnold Ludvig. Additional mix by Kurt Uenala and mastered by Kurt Uenala, Grammy award nominated producer of Depeche Mode. "The Child" is sung by up-and-coming rising star, Anna Sofía Skoradal from the Faroe Islands. MonkeyRat released "Isolation", an EP, a powerful poem set to 70's Psychedelic Jazz Rock / Art Rock genre to rave reviews.


My talented musicians of MonkeyRat won the following awards:

Winner for the Best Bassist Award @ 2005 Atlantic Music Event in the Faroe Islands - Arnold Ludvig.                        Winner for the Best Band Award with GoGo Blues @ 2005 Atlantic Music Event - Arnold Ludvig.                      Nominated for Soloist of the Year @ 2017 Faroese Music Awards, jazz album, "Iceland" w/ Arnold Ludvig Sextet. Nominated Best Band of the Year @ 2017 Faroese Music Awards, jazz album, "Iceland" with Arnold Ludvig Sextet.

Nominated for a Danish World Music Award "Flying Vision", solo Album of the Year in 2007 - Alain Apaloo.     Winner of The Danish Blues Challenge Award in 2009 - Alain Apaloo.                                                               Winner of The Danish World Music Award "Floodgate" with Api Pipo, Album of the Year in 2009 - Alain Apaloo. 

* Faroe Islands is a self-governed country that belongs to the Kingdom of Denmark. 






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Rocker Magazine - ”Anna Iachino is a musical genius and that probably wasn’t enough for her as she was studying to get a master’s degree in music and was not afraid to try this new bombastic 70s rock sound. Her beautiful alto vocals are reminiscent of singers like Annie Lenox and Bonnie Tyler but with a rock twist on it that you will love.”  https://www.rockeramagazine.com/ep-isolation-by-monkeyrat/


Indie Clock - "One of the best and most brilliant EPs of the decade!  Audacious, intelligent and well done. We love creation, the idea is authenticity, for us MonkeyRat came out of the same and was a genius in the world of Rock that resurrects with this new release."                                                  https://www.indieoclock.com.br/2022/04/monkeyrat-acaba-de-lancar-seu-novo-e.html?m=1

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