Bonnaroo 2024 Artist Spotlight: Mon Rovîa

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Philip Obenschain
June 4, 2024
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Adopting the artist moniker Mon Rovîa in honor of his place of birth, Monrovia, Liberia, singer-songwriter Janjay Lowe was adopted by white, Christian, American missionaries at seven years old, rescued from the violence and geopolitical unrest of the Second Liberian Civil War at the turn of the millennium, and brought to America, where he was raised in a drastically different culture and environment than that of his childhood, moving between Florida, Montana, and the Bahamas with his adoptive family, before settling in Chattanooga in college.

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Mon Rovia a Black young man stands in front of a dense bush with green leaves and red berries. He wears a salmon pink crewneck sweatshirt and camo pants, looking directly at the camera.
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