|Genres||Britpop, riot grrrl, indie rock|
|Labels||Too Pure Records
Strange Fruit Records
|Associated acts||Mambo Taxi, Ella Guru, Deptford Beach Babes, The Hangovers|
|Past members||Anjali Bhatia, Ella Guru, Stefania Lucchesini, Rajni Bhatia, Anjula Bhasker|
The Voodoo Queens were a North London-based girl group, who reached number one in the Indie Charts in 1993.
The band composed of Anjali Bhatia (guitar, vocals), Ella Guru (guitar, backing vocals), Stefania Lucchesini (drums), Rajni Bhatia (keyboards) and Anjula Bhasker (bass). Rebecca Lunn later stepped in for Anjula who had to leave to visit family in India.
In late 1992, Anjali left the group Mambo Taxi where she was the drummer to start the Voodoo Queens, along with her sister Rajni and cousin Anjula, Ella Guru (of Mambo Taxi), and drummer Sunny. After only one concert, they were offered a Peel session by BBC DJ John Peel. This was recorded in January 1993, whilst Anjali was still working at Virgin Megastore in Oxford Street. Other radio and TV appearances followed, including a further two Peel Sessions, and a busking competition against Boyzone on Channel 4's music and arts programme Naked City.
Mary Deigan replaced Anjula on bass in 1994.
The music press, in addition to associating the band with the Riot Grrrl scene, also grouped them with other Asian-fronted bands such as Cornershop; Anjali felt that the press focused more on the music scene instead of the musical content.
- "Supermodel Superficial" (1993) Too Pure
- "Kenuwee Head" (1993) Too Pure
- "F Is For Fame" (1994) Too Pure
- "Eat The Germs" (1995) Voodoo
- "Neptune" (1995) Dirt
- BBC Radio 1 Peel Sessions, 20/6/1993
- BBC Radio 1 Peel Sessions, 15/2/1994
- Strong, Martin C. (2003) "Voodoo Queens", in The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0
- Hyder, Rehan (2004), Brimful of Asia: Negotiating Ethnicity on the UK Music Scene, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd, p. 86, ISBN 0-7546-4064-7