Mojo Juju has created anthems for the othered. Their 2018 album Native Tongue lays bare the experiences of difference and displacement in its title track. “Something Wrong” also picks up these themes, exclaiming, “No matter where I go I’m always the other… Try to blend in the crowd they always single you out.”
“No matter where I go I’m always the other… Try to blend in the crowd they always single you out.”
It’s a track that speaks to a deeply relatable experience, that of imagining community outside of your hometown only to find that seeking inclusion is less about geographic location than it is about overturning all forms of oppression. This album begins, “I don’t speak my father’s native tongue,” a powerful statement of loss of personal history, community and understanding. The remaining songs on Native Tongue are hypnotic, political and soulful.
Momo Juju is based in Australia, and I can’t wait to hear more.