When it comes to the blues, Switzerland is at the top of the European class – thanks to Justina Lee Brown
Even in the hour of success, Justina Lee Brown, who was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and grew up in poor conditions, remains humble: “I am incredibly happy with what we have achieved. Happy and grateful to the people who have welcomed us and our music so well. I’m in no way disappointed that I didn’t take the first place.”
The requirements were not easy. Each band was only given 20 minutes to convince the international jury of musicians, radio broadcasters, journalists, and bookers of their skills. Among 23 formations from just as many countries, the Swiss sextet stood out with its exciting mix of blues, funk, soul, and African influences. Only the young Dutch Harlem Lake Band managed to outperform our Swiss participants.
JUSTINA LEE BROWN is an award-winning Nigerian Afro Funky /Blues artist, Songwriter/Composer, and Entertainer.
Justina and her band earned second place at the 10th European Blues Challenge in Malmö, Sweden with a crackling, emotional performance.
The Nigerian dominated the Swiss Blues Challenge with her band, the Blues reflects only one facet of her music. African and Caribbean influences, Gospel, Soul, and R’n’B are also the focus.
Justina Lee Brown faced the tough struggle for survival as a street child in Lagos / Nigeria and made it to the stages from Nigeria to Europe with her extraordinary voice. As a performer, she is a true powerhouse, and as a musician a mercilessly gifted singer with a phenomenal voice.
Her concerts leave no one untouched, her explosive performances with afro-bluesy souls must be experienced live.
In London she received the “Women In Entertainment Award” for “Best African Female voice” and in 2016 she won the Swiss Blues Challenge 2019 in Basel with her top-class Swiss band. In January 2020, the band traveled to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge and caused a sensation as a semi-finalist. She sold out every concert on her USA tour in 2020. Now Justina is finally on tour again with her current album “Black and White Feeling”. Each of the pieces on the Album describes a part of her intensive Biography.