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“Juha is a funky pie bursting at the seams with irresistible beats and attitude.”
- San Francisco Chronicle
“What a gift! Juha is a brilliant little genius. There is no one quite like him.”
- Marc Almond
BE MY HUSBAND
Juha - the hip hop kid-turned-Man with No Genre - returns with a cover of Nina Simone's "Be My Husband." Timely in the coming age of marriage equality, this live staple of Juha's is now a multi-style benefit single for New Alternatives - a NYC-based organization for homeless queer youth. In addition to the hypnotic chant of his original, this single adds: a psychedelic soul mix from New Orleans musician Christopher "Chops" Ingold; the dance floor stomp of Eddy J. Free; cinematic shuffle from Lin Sangster; Brett Basil's broody 80's new wave take; and Bridgeport's artistic lullaby. An interlude features a vocal relic from Juha's radio interview with Sheila Garrett, a lesbian teenager who committed suicide in 1993. All musicians, DJs, and master-hands have donated their skills to this project. It's music you can get married to.
In 2002, Juha released the 'Polari' album. Fusing elements of Middle Eastern, Hawaiian, and punk music over a hip hop back-drop, it quickly hit Number 1 on the Outvoice chart. 'The Grooms of God' followed, for which Juha declared: “I’ve become a three-headed Gargoyle perched on the steps of Motown.” Calling the new sound “Gothic Soul,” he also flirted with Middle Eastern disco, electro-classical, and dub, and told stories of man-eating tigers, male prostitutes, and his own account of the mid-90’s-era AIDS Crisis - while not forgetting to throw in more than a couple goofy rhymes about his dick. Following the release of the 'Stomach' EP in 2010 (“The sound of Prince and Rick Springfield French kissing”), Juha was chosen by Colorlines Magazine as one of their "8 Rappers Worth Your Headphones." He is currently completing the 'Rex Raleigh' album - the disco soundtrack to a porn film that doesn't exist.
Born in the USA, Juha now dwells in the London UK borough of Hackney.