To mark the release of her third studio album, Native Tongue, Mojo Juju has embarked on 21 date national tour that brings her to Jive in Adelaide this Thursday night.
Recently nominated for three ARIA Awards, Native Tongue is a bold work, fearlessly exploring themes of identity and displacement, and never stepping back from the political.
In this spirit, Juju has partnered up with PLUS1 for the tour, a charity that supports Aboriginal Legal Service, working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to provide culturally appropriate legal services, influence positive change, and increase access to justice. For each ticket sold, $1 will go towards PLUS1 to help make a difference.
Through the telling of family history and her own personal experiences across the album, Juju explores her relationships with Elders and Ancestry and how that informs her own identity. Contemplating her Mother’s Indigenous heritage, her Father’s experience as a Filipino immigrant and her own place in the cultural landscape of modern Australia, it is an album about self-discovery and it is her most sincere, heartfelt and personal offering to date.
“This album is about my relationships with Ancestry and Elders and how family history has informed a great deal of who I am,” Mojo Juju explained in a recent interview with SBS The Feed. “ 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 benefit 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.”
Stylistically, the record weaves together diverse music threads, traversing soul, hip-hop, blues and pop to create something highly original and thoroughly engaging.
All of this adds up to Native Tongue being one of the most important albums of the moment; and Mojo Juju should not be missed.
Catch her performance this Thursday 15 November, supported by Nasty Mars, with tickets available here.
Meanwhile, check out the incredible video for the album’s title track that features Djuki Mala and is creating quite a buzz of its own: