Formidable. Enigmatic. Genre-defying. Fragile. Ballsy. Ambiguous. Raw.
Mojo Juju has been called many things and yet she is forever hard to define. By her own explanation, Mojo has never felt comfortable with being categorized and is increasingly deliberate in avoiding labels and defying genres. As a result, it is only in experiencing her live shows that one can begin to understand the full breadth of this dynamic artist.
Her 2012 eponymous solo debut was an offering of lyrical blues and noir soundscapes. Her 2015 release ‘seeing red / feeling blue’ was a collaboration with Hip Hop producer ‘Ptero Stylus’ with strong throwbacks to Soul, R’n’B and Funk. Both albums were met with critical acclaim and industry accolades.
Her current band are a tight, exotic, dark and rhythmic powerhouse, featuring several members of instrumental soul / hip hop ensemble The Cactus Channel (Hudson Whitlock, Lewis Coleman & Henry Jenkins), Mojo’s own brother and longtime collaborator, Steven Ruiz de Luzuriaga and Brisbane recruit, Andrew Garton on Baritone Sax.
Regardless of genre, whether solo or backed by a full band, it is evident that at the core of Mojo Juju’s songwriting is a raw emotional honesty. It is juxtaposed by a razor sharp wit and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor and it is carried by her voice, which is often almighty powerful, sometimes heart-achingly vulnerable and always the centerpiece of her work.
“Mojo Juju is a living and breathing dream. Such natural swagger as this does not come often.” –
“Mojo Juju is one Wow-worthy performer” – The Music
“The songwriting is fantastic” – Reverb
“Sounding like it stepped straight of the set of a Quentin Tarantino film” – 4 Stars, MX
“This stunning album weaves an emotional tapestry of life, loss, love and regret” – 5 Stars, The
“This is such sweet soul from Mojo Juju, an artist who just seems to go from strength to strength.” – Double J