2018 saw Mojo Juju drop her her biggest album yet and in adherence to the laws of physics it made some mighty big waves too. Garnering rave reviews for the album, its brutally honest title track ‘Native Tongue’ and accompanying video and amassing new fans along the way, Mojo Ruiz de Luzuriaga, a.k.a. Mojo Juju, continues to rise.
Collecting a slew of accolades, 15 award nominations (including 3 x ARIA nominations) and taking home a healthy bundle of awards, including the J Award for Best Music Video and the Dreamtime Award for Best Female Artist. Sitting down with SBS’ The Feed, Mojo explained: “This album is about my relationships with Ancestry and Elders and how family history has informed a great deal of who I am. In a lot of ways, I wrote this album for my younger self, because as a kid growing up in regional Australia, I would have benefited so greatly from having heard more stories from, by or about other people of colour, queer people, people like me. I wanted this to be an album for First Nations People, 1st generations, 2nd generations and 3rd Culture kids.”
Mojo and her band – which features her brother and long time collaborator Steve ‘T-Bone’ Ruiz de Luzuriaga and Pop/RnB artist Yeo (Yeo Choong) on Bass and Keytar – presented a preview of the album live and in full, over 5 nights at Arts Centre Melbourne and 1 night at the Sydney Opera House. To coincide with the release they undertook a massive 21 date national tour to a run of sold out rooms, followed up by a support slot on Paul Kelly’s Makin’ Gravy Tour.
Mojo’s 2019 does not look to be slowing down at all either, with an ever-growing list of festival appearances being announced. Upcoming shows include supports for Aloe Blacc and Rufus Wainwright along with festival slots at St Kilda Festival, Gaytimes, Porth Fairy, Panama and WOMADelaide.