Tears, applause at home truths, and a standing ovation were just a few of the reactions to Mojo Juju’s keynote today at BIGSOUND.

Mojo Juju Ruiz de Luzuriaga took the stage at the Brisbane music industry conference and festival for a keynote that would dive into her story.

From her birth in Dubbo, to her beginnings in Lithgow listening to her father Mario speak Spanish as a four-year-old, to why she released triple-ARIA nominated album Native Tongueand the racism and bullying she is subjected to even now as an adult, we may only be nearing the end of Day 2 at BIGSOUND, but we have a feeling Mojo Juju will be a clear highlight.

Here’s what we learned from Mojo Juju’s keynote at BIGSOUND:

The bullying Mojo Juju was subjected to as a kid was mirrored in all she saw growing up

“I hit puberty at the same time as Pauline Hanson became a household name. I came of age under the government of John Howard. And I went to school in a town where I was the only kid who listened to Michael Jackson and boys to men.

“My differences were greater than being an R&B kid in a field full of Cold Chisel fans […] my earliest recollection of being aware of my differences is of being a five-year-old on a playground. Children [were] taunting me with the sing-song cries of ‘ching chong China man’. Yep, it was the late ’80s in Australia and a lot of people were operating under the misconception that all Asian people were Chinese.”