US Zydeco Band “Mo’Mojo” tours Veracruz and Yucatan

The US Embassy in Mexico is pleased to announce the American zydeco music group “Mo’Mojo” will be touring the states of Veracruz and Yucatán during their week-long visit to Mexico as part of the American Music Abroad series.

With special collaboration from the Instituto Veracruzano de Cultura, Conaculta, the Dirección General de Difusión Cultural de la Universidad Veracruzana, the Consejo Nacional de Fomento Educativo, the Ayuntamiento de Mérida, the Dirección de Turismo del Ayuntamiento de Mérida, the Gobierno del Estado de Yucatán, and the Secretaría de la Cultura y las Artes de Yucatán, Mo’Mojo’s program will include an educational component through master classes addressing musical technique and youth empowerment messaging, targeting musical and non-musical audiences.  The band members will also offer free concerts for the general public.


The US Embassy strongly believes music is a powerful medium which can be used to reach key segments of society and increase cultural exchanges around the world. Through the Embassy’s music diplomacy program, we bring music ambassadors to create new avenues of communication and to engage audiences that do not normally have access to American cultural performances or American artists.

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

Mo’Mojo is a hard-driving, high energy, zydeco-based “Party-Gras” band, composed of five musicians with experience as music educators. They have performed concerts around the world for about six years. Zydeco is the music of southwest Louisiana’s Black Creoles, or French creoles, mixed with the music of descendants from African slaves, Afro-Caribbean, Native American and European descent.

Kev Smith, Nick Skidmore, Tim Child, Simon Tunstill, Nick Waite
The Band

February is Black History Month. This is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the significant contributions they have made in the US.  Mo’Mojo’s visit to Mexico at this time provides an opportunity to highlight both zydeco music and a part of US history.


Mo’ Mojo is:

Jen Maurer – vocals, diatonic accordion, guitar
Leigh Ann Wise – vocals, rubboard, trumpet, percussion
Anthony Papaleo – vocals, fiddle, guitar
Joe Golden – guitar, talk box
Darren Thompson – bass
Will Douglas – drums

The US Embassy in Mexico City and the US Consulate General in Mérida invite all audiences to the following FREE concerts:

  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015: 7:30 pm; at Plaza Santa Lucia (Calle 60 and Calle 55) in downtown Merida, YUC.
  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015: 8:00 pm, Jardín Interior de Palacio Municipal of Izamal, YUC.



Press release by the US Embassy in Mexico City and the US Consulate General in Mérida