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Mo' Mojo / Bio

Mo’ Mojo: A hard driving, high energy, “Pardi-Gras” Band.
The female fronted group features three-part harmonies, accordion, fiddle, guitar, rubboard, sax, trumpet, harp, bass, percussion, and drums. Songs are sung in English and French.

Mo' Mojo takes Zydeco music and infuses it with Americana, Cajun, reggae, rock & roll, funk, R&B, and African and Latin rhythms.

We love festivals! This band can command any size stage and is equipped to lead workshops in fiddle and guitar styles; songwriting; Zydeco, second line, and African rhythms; and Zydeco dance.

Where we play:
Zydeco dances - one of our favorite things to do is play for dancers. We’ve expanded our presence into the following communitites: The DC area; Pittsburgh and Philadelphia (PA), Ithaca, Rochester, and New York City (NY); and Newark (DE)
Festivals - We’re a band made for the festival experience. This year we’ve added DelFest (MD); Grey Fox (NY); and Rhythm and Roots (RI). Prior festivals include the Jambalaya Music Fest (PA); Blissfest (MI); W.C. Handy Blues Fest (KY); and the Burning River Festival, Cleveland Garlic Festival, Kent State ‘Round Town Festival, International Children’s Festival, Hessler Street Festival, Fraze Pavilion Swamp Fest (OH)

International Touring - The band was selected by the AMA and Department of State as one of 10 bands for the 2014-2015 season to represent American music abroad. Our first tour was in Haiti in July; we’ve got one on the books to the Dominican Republic in Oct-Nov.; and a 34 day tour in Jan-Feb to Belize, Panama, Mexico, and Barbados.

Our members
Mo’ Mojo has 6 members, many of whom are multi-instrumentalists. They are:
Jen Maurer - vocals, diatonic accordion, guitar
Leigh Ann Wise - vocals, rubboard, trumpet, percussion
Anthony Papaleo - fiddle, guitar
Joe Golden - guitar, talk box
Darren Thompson - bass
Will Douglas - drums
Also traveling with the band is our manager / roadie / driver / and Jen’s husband, Sam Rettman, who adds harmonica and sax

* Mo’ Mojo’s is set to release their 4th album, “We All Got the Same,” in early 2015.
* Mo’ Mojo’s 3rd album, “Mom’s Birthday CD,” (Live!) was released in 2014.
* Mo' Mojo’s 2nd album, “Together in Love We Drown,” was released in late 2012.
* Mo' Mojo's debut album, “Finally!,” was released in 2010.

General Info

Artist Name
Mo' Mojo
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Americana / Zydeco/Cajun / World

Contact Info

Akron, OH