The MoJo Affair

The MoJo Affair

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THE MOJO AFFAIR - an artist collective..............."the birth of "Retro-Acoustic Soul"

Biography

THE MOJO AFFAIR is a band whose aim is to redirect the current popular music trends back to the standards of decades past...with an eclectic twist. The group is the baby of MS. MAESTRO and was delivered from an inspired musical rebirth. She took a desire to revert back to the days of meaningful lyrical content, the featured soloist, and the timeless melody, gathered some friends who shared the same vision, and then, collaboratively, created the debut album, SECRETS. At the core of the unique band is its invaluable roster and rare combination of top quality musicians who exploit every aspect of their talents to demonstrate what they call..." Retro-Acoustic Soul". Ms. Maestro also takes her songs on the road with an acoustic set delivering her personal songs in the rawest form with subject matters ranging from "dillusional love" to "bill collectors" to "life"...the band calls the sound ..........'the cure for the status quo'

about MS. MAESTRO:

... AKA Kenya Tillery is a composer who has once again reinvented herself. Deemed one of FILMMAKER MAGAZINE'S “25 New Faces of Independent Film” and featured by ASCAP's "Playback" magazine with the title 'Composer with Class', Kenya Tillery's life in music extends from her classical composition study to her creative endeavors in the world of film and television music to now the craft of songwriting. She prepared herself for this life by attending several universities, earning a Master of Music in film music composition from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Her professional experience is wide and varied. It includes work with Mike Post in Burbank as a BMI PETE CARPENTAR FELLOWSHIP recipient, participation in Utah at the SUNDANCE COMPOSERS LAB, and conducting original music at 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles in the ASCAP FILM-SCORING WORKSHOP. Ms. Tillery's film and television credentials include collaboration with such directors as REGGE LIFE (A Different World, The Cosby Show) and B. MARK SEABROOKS(The Steve Harvey Show). Kenya Tillery composed the score and sound design for The Juilliard School theatrical production of LAURENCE FISHBURNE'S "Riff Raff", and was hired shortly after by NISSAN to demonstrate her versatility in writing for commercial ads. Her classical composition for flute and piano, "Simple Things", is available on Albany Records, and in Spring 2008, her 1993 choral piece based on the poetry of African-American poet Fenton Johnson, entitled "When I Die", will once again be performed in the North Carolina All-State Choral Festival. In addition, Kenya Tillery’s original theme music can be heard every weekday morning on LIFETIME TELEVISION. Currently, Ms. Tillery writes and produces the songs for her band, The MoJo Affair and will attend The 2007 Los Angeles Music Awards after receiving a nomination for “Best Pop Artist”. Finally, she was also recently honored at an event sponsored by her undergraduate university, East Carolina University, as one of their "100 Incredible Women", part of their first centinnial celebration.

Lyrics

THE MAN

Written By: MS. MAESTRO c. 2007

Every other morning it's the same scenario again.
You will ring my home phone, and when I pick up you try and pretend
Like we know each other, and you say my name as if you and I were friends,
But I'm hip to your game so I disguise my voice. You'll never win!

Collection Man! Why do you try to sweat me?
Hey, Repo Man! You're never gonna get me!

Every other morning it's the same scenario again.
You will leave a messaage, and the same ol' tired scheme begins.
Leave your business hours, and you actually believe I will call you then,
But you're hip my game so you keep calling back. You'll never win!

Collection Man! I AM A STARVING ARTIST!
Hey, Repo Man! I know you try your hardest!
Hey, Repo Man! Why do you roll up on me?
Collection Man! You know I got no money!

"Je ne Comprende pas""I no speak English""I can't hear you""The signal is fading""No, she is unavailable""I sent it out just yesterday""No habla anglais""She's in a coma""She won't be back 'til perpetuity""You'll have to leave a message now"

*Ms. Maestro pleads*
*The Collector Man raps*

"Je ne Comprende pas""I know speak English""I can't hear you""The signal is fading""No, she is unavailable""I sent it out just yesterday""No habla anglais""She's in a coma""She won't be back 'til perpetuity""Her phone is disconnected now"

LET IT ALL FALL DOWN

Written By: MS. MAESTRO c. 2007

I know it's difficult to clear your mind, and I know you feel like all you need is time, but sometimes you have to learn to let it go, and sometimes you need to call and let me know...

...and its alright, 'cause we been here before, and it's alright. You need someone to feel your pain, so don't dry your tears away. Just let it all fall down on me. Don't dry your tears away. Just let it all fall down on me, down on me...

SO LONG AGO

Written By: MS. MAESTRO c. 2007

Searched the world all over for someone I could be.
Finally I discovered, that someone could be me.
I wasted my precious lifetime on pleasing them and you.
When I get to my treasure, I'll tell you what I'll do...
I'll wonder and I'll wonder...
What was the name of that friend I had so long ago?

Smiling eyes are deceiving. I've seen them in my past.
What is it their achieving or do I have to ask?
One of these days I'll find you confused by what you see.
When I get to my treasure, you'll know just what it means,
And I'll wonder. I'll wonder...
What were the words of that friend I had so long ago?

Do you remember the times I've fallen? Do you remember the things I've feared? Well, I will go on without looking back forever and on my own....and on my own....and on my own...

You will remember the times I've fallen. You will remember the things I've feared. You will remember the words I said so long ago...so long ago....so long ago...so long ago...

One of these days I'll find you confused by what I do. When I get to my treasure, I'll seldom think of you, but you will remember the words I said so long ago...

LIFE

Written By: Ms. Maestro

I lost my love.
He could not handle the prospect of my last breath.
Cowardly calm -
He left me broken, my heart balled up in his palm.
Oh little boy,
Don't you know you just lost the best thing in your life?
Wisdom through time
Teaches us no one can escape the marks of pain and strife, 'cause

Chorus:
LIFE, LIFE IS WHAT HAPPENS TO ALL OF US.
LIFE IS WHAT HAPPENES TO YOU AND ME.
LIFE IS WHAT HAPPENS TO EVERYONE EQUALLY.

Oh this is great
She's stuck in traffic and she is ten minutes late
What will she do?
Maybe she'll scream at you, curse at you to make you move
Oh little girl,
Don't you know there are a hundred cars stuck like you?
It's out of your hands.
Time has passed, let it go, there's nothing else that you can do, 'cause...

Chorus:

Little boy, when are you gonna grow to be the man you are?
When are you gonna free yourself and reach the stars?
Little boy, little boy, grow to be a man.

Little girl, when are you gonna sow a seed for destiny?
When are you gonna find your pain and set it free?
Little girl, little girl, womanhood is now.

Little boy, realize you're not the center of the universe
Realize you must give love to get it in return
Little boy, little boy, you're not yet a man.

Little girl, realize not every problem needs an attitude.
Realize we are the victims of your bitchy mood.
Little girl, little girl, womanhood is due, and...

Chorus:

Chorus:

BEAUTIFUL THINGS

Written By: Ms. Maestro

In a simple life what really matters?
Is it what we see or what we feel?
I just know that I have always needed something more and real.
Then when I count my precious blessings,
Every single gift in my life goes back to you
You should know that I have always cherished all the beautiful things you do

All the beautiful ways you care
And all the beautiful days we share
All the beautiful days, beautiful ways, beautiful things...

Well, it's Mother's Day
And I could greet you as I have before, but not today...

MY SECRET excerpt

Written By: KWALO

...Break me, shake me, take me for what it's worth, you can never unlock the gifted concoction, running through my veins, comprehension is an aggravated assault to my secret, significance is much clearer, unforgettable if I told ya, sold ya back into limelight, life's light, incredible journeys of who I am, not what you want me to be, never been told, but been bold enough to question you, questions of me.....

THE NATURE OF 'U & ME'

Written By: Ms. Maestro

Tell me that you love me
And all the things you tell your lady
Tell me that you need me
And though I know your words are shady
Tell me once, Tell me twice, Tell me again,
'Cause what I need right now is not reality
What I need right now is...
you and me.

WORK DAT MOJO!

Written By: MS. MAESTRO c. 2007

MOJO! THAT MOJO! HEY! WORK DAT MOJO!

THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS

Written By: MS. MAESTRO / MO'HALYN c. 2007

(MAESTRO)
It's early in the morning.
I've got you on my mind.
I hope you're thinking of me.
I'm thinking of you all the time.
I got a call from another,
Promising wine and dine,
And even though you can't treat me,
I want you to be mine,

So what do you think about it, Honey?
It never has been about the money.
The fact of the matter is I don't care much about those superficial things.

(HARMONIZED CHORUS)
So what do you think about it, Honey?
It never has been about the money.
The fact of the matter is I don't care much about those superficial things.

(MOHALYN)
It's late in the evening,
And I got you on my mind.
I wish that I could spoil you,
And take you out all of the time.
I should wait 'til I'm able,
Don't see you in the meantime,
And even though I can't treat you,
I want you to be mine,

So what do you think about it, Baby?
(MAESTRO)
It never has been about the things you have.
(MAESTRO & MOHALYN)
The fact of the matter is our love means more than just the superficial, artificial things.
(REPEAT)

(MOHALYN)
Now, I would love to buy you everything in the world that you desire, but
In order to acquire these things I would spend my entire
Existence and waking moment making sure that your dreams are coming true, but
There'd be no time left for me to love you
Finding the balance is a challenge, for this I am sure
Choose which side you are willing to endure
Now, I don't have much, but what I do have you and I can share,
If this is where you truly, truly want to be.

(MAESTRO)
Yes, it's where I want to be with you.
You know I want to be, with you.

(HARMONIZED CHORUS)
So what do you think about it, Baby?
It never has been about the things you have.
The fact of the matter is our love means more than just the superficial, artificial things.

So what do you think about it, Baby?
It never has been about the things you have.
The fact of the matter is our love means more than just the superficial, artificial, unimportant things.

Discography

PARTIAL RELEASE EP,
Released at The MoJo Affair
Cinco de Mayo Promotion Concert

Set List

The MoJo Affair show consists of original music. Unlike many other shows, you may see the band leader, Ms. Maestro, demonstrate multiple roles from highly energetic singing to performing at the piano/keyboard to playing with the Retro-Acoustic musicians on her flute. The MoJo Affair show is carefully packaged and is by no means typical or predictable...(no wardrobe malfunctions, though)

SET LIST:

1. MY SECRET
2. LIFE
3. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS
4. OFF & ON
5. PRINCE
6. THE NATURE OF 'U & ME'
7. SO LONG AGO
8. DIS-WHUT-HAD-HAPPENED
9. GUARDIAN ANGEL
10. CASUALTY
11. THE MAN
12. THAT WAY
13. BEAUTIFUL THINGS
14. WORK DAT MOJO
15. OBLIGATION