Mojo Juju fights back: ‘I was too queer, too brown or not attractive enough to sell records’

The Melbourne-based singer’s new album Native Tongue has reignited her passion and purpose – and the gloves are off

In the simple, powerful clip for Mojo Juju’s latest single, the singer stares down the camera, self-assured, fierce. Her presence is somewhat at odds with the words she utters: “I don’t know where I belong.”

It’s a strange thing to be forced to ponder in one’s home country. Native Tongue, the title track from the Melbourne soul/blues singer’s upcoming album, is “a song about longing”; a lament of being caught between cultural worlds and not quite feeling at home anywhere.

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