Jazzamboka have been named the Stingray Rising Star Award winners at Montreal International Jazz Festival 2017! The band is made up of Emile Farley (electric bass), Julien Fillion (saxophone), Félix Le Blanc (keyboard / piano), Elli Miller-Maboungou (ngoma – congolese drums), and Noel Mpiaza (drums/vocals). They are signed with the label 270 Sessions and have been playing together for 3 years. The band notes that their main musical influences are: Avishai Cohen, Tambours de Brazzas, Lionel Loueke, Tigran Hamasyan, and Fally Ipupa. They plan to use their prize money to go on tour in the coming months.