JULIAN MOKHTAR & MOJO HAND
JULIAN MOKHTAR & MOJO HAND
Not just the blues but the whole rainbow of musical colours. Mixing and matching blues, rock, country, reggae and Asian elements, with some of the improvisational approach of jazz, you won’t be hearing the same song played the same way night after night.
Here’s a brief introduction to the 3 main men:
JULIAN MOKHTAR – Guitar & vocalist, band leader.
Julian is a well-known and respected name in the Malaysian music scene since his days as lead guitarist for The Blues Gang, beginning in 1980. He recorded 10 albums with them and had a hand in creating some of their hit songs, including the signature intro of “Apo Nak Di Kato”.
Julian left Blues gang in 1993 and has performed both as a solo singer/guitarist and with other musicians. He recorded a self-produced and released solo album “About Time” in 2000.
He has also appeared as a session player on albums by Amir Yussof and Karen Nunis Blackstone, with whom he also played a number of gigs in Akita and Niigata, Japan. A highlight was jamming with blues legend Buddy Guy at Hard Rock Cafe KL in 1993.
SHAH – Bass, vocals
Shah has over 20 years of experience as a professional musician in live performance as well as studio work and composition. His composition experience includes being theme song writer/composer/music director for TV dramas and feature films with Pesona Pictures Sdn. Bhd, under director Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba. The feature films include “Selubung” (1990), “Ringgit Kasorga” (1994) and “Mimpi Moon” (1999/2000).
He has recorded 2 albums with the band Urgent, produced by Datuk M. Nasir. From the year 2000 until 2008 he performed as a member of the band Purple Haze, which was formed by Shaik Karim, drummer and vocalist of the Blues Gang.
Shah currently performs with Julian Mokhtar as a member of his band, The Magistrates.
HASHIM – Drums & percussion, vocals
Hashim has been a full-time musician since 1973, playing a variety of genres – pop, disco, jazz, blues, rock & dangdut, and performing in hotels such as Federal Hotel (Sky Room), KL International Hotel, Shangri-La (Penang & KL), Impiana Hotel and several others.
He has played with several bands – The Upsetters, Fokus Band, Retrax Band, Nature Ground, Silver Strings, The Corn Cake Kings (Julian Mokhtar’s other band) and currently Julian Mokhtar &The Magistrates.
AZNAN AZIZ-Guitar, vocals, harmonica
Aznan has had years of performing experience as a busker and and has worked with several bands as well. He is known among musicians as “Nan Blues”. A capable player, he has a wide knowledge of country, folk and blues music.