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Melbourne’s Mojo Juju (Mojo Ruiz de Luzuriaga), returns in the form of a new single which also acts as the title track for her third studio album NATIVE TONGUE.
The track boasts a beat courtesy of Joelistics and vocals from Pasefika Vitoria Choir while Juju takes a hand over either side of her chest and turns herself completely inside out, laying her innermost workings bare for all to see. It is a song is both personal and painful, yet simultaneously empowering and anthemic.
The video features members of the Indigenous dance troop Djuki Mala and through the telling of family history and her own personal experiences, Juju explores her relationships with Elders and Ancestry.
Juju describes the track as “a song about longing. I think it’s a song for anyone who has ever felt like they are stuck between two worlds, struggling to find a place in either. Of course, I wrote this song about my own experience, but I also wrote it hoping that it might reach other mixed race and/or Indigenous people who have longed for deeper connection to their culture. “
Juju has enlisted the help of multiple producers including Joel Ma (a.k.a. Joelistics), Steven Schram (Paul Kelly), and Jamieson Shaw (Netflix series The Get Down), and includes a number of features from Hip Hop MC Mirrah (L-Fresh The Lion) to soul music royalty Joshua Tavares.
The album is out August 24 via ABC Music/Universal.