Maria Minerva

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Maria Minerva
Maria Minerva @ The Place, St Petersburg, Russia, 2014.12.18 (4) (cropped).jpg
Maria Minerva (2014)
Background information
Birth nameMaria Juur
Born (1988-03-15) 15 March 1988 (age 31)
Tallinn, Estonia
GenresElectronica, outsider house, nu-disco, hypnagogic pop
Occupation(s)producer, songwriter, singer, DJ, radio host
Instrumentselectronics, vocals
Years active2010–present
LabelsNot Not Fun, 100% Silk, Pudru Kuul
Associated actsLA Vampires, Cherushii, Ajukaja, Hervé, Seahawks, NO ZU, Pharaohs

Maria Juur (born 15 March 1988), better known by her stage name Maria Minerva, is an Estonian musician and environmental advocate.

Maria Minerva is the recipient of two Estonian Music Awards. Her releases have received critical acclaim from music publications such as Pitchfork Media[1] and The Fader.[2] One of Maria Minerva's early supporters was the influential pop critic Simon Reynolds.[3] She was named as one of the seminal Los Angeles artists by The Guardian[4] and appeared on Estonian World's annual "Top 12 Most Outstanding Estonian Women in the World" list.[5]

Maria graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts and Goldsmiths, University of London, where she studied with British cultural theorists Mark Fisher[6] and Kodwo Eshun. Her father Mart Juur is a prominent Estonian comedian and TV/radio personality.[7] Maria hosts a regular radio show on LA's dublab FM.

Collaboration with Cherushii[edit]

Chelsea Faith a.k.a Cherushii was one of the 36 victims of the 2016 Oakland warehouse fire.[8] Cherushii and Maria Minerva's collaboration was released posthumously in February 2019.[9]


Maria Minerva is active in environmental advocacy in both the U.S. and Estonia. She is a member of the Estonian Greens political party and has expressed support for PÕXIT, the initiative calling for divestment from Estonia's primary energy source, oil shale.[10] In 2017, she received media attention in Estonia for speaking out against the use of blackface on the country's most-watched TV show "Su nägu kõlab tuttavalt."[11]


  • Sacred and Profane Love 12" EP (100% Silk, 2011)
  • Cabaret Cixous CD/LP (Not Not Fun, 2011)
  • Noble Savage 12" EP (100% Silk, 2011)
  • Tallinn At Dawn CS (Not Not Fun, 2011)
  • Nii hea with Ajukaja, 10" Single (Pudru Kuul, 2012)
  • The Integration LP with LA Vampires (Not Not Fun, 2012)
  • Will Happiness Find Me? CD/LP (Not Not Fun, 2012)
  • Bless 12" EP (100% Silk, 2013)
  • Histrionic LP (Not Not Fun, 2014)
  • C U Again with Ajukaja, 12" EP (Pudru Kuul, 2014)
  • S/T with Cherushii, 12" EP (100% Silk, 2019)


  1. ^ Lindsay Zoladz (2011-11-30). "Maria Minerva: Sacred & Profane Love EP Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  2. ^ "Artist: Maria Minerva".
  3. ^ "Female Artists With a Penchant for Synth Sounds". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  4. ^ "The Sound of LA". The Guardian.
  5. ^ "Top 12 most outstanding Estonian women in the world".
  6. ^ "Perspective: Maria Minerva remembers Mark Fisher's Infectious Intellectualism". Crack Magazine.
  7. ^ Ulrik Noergaard (2011-03-31). "Maria Minerva | Dazed". Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  8. ^ Maria Minerva. "The Rave Queen Next Door: Remembering the Life and Legacy of My Friend Cherushii". Vice.
  9. ^ Henry Bruce-Jones. "100% Silk to release posthumous Cherushii & Maria Minerva collaboration". Fact Mag.
  10. ^ Maria Juur. "Katastroofiporno ja kodused ülesanded planeedilt Maa". Eesti Ekspress.
  11. ^ "Mart Juure tütar Maria blackface´iks sõimatud Getter Jaani kohta: mustanahalisi on alati s** koheldud, miks mitte näidata üles veidi solidaarsust".

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