Walk Talk Listen Podcast

Virtual Walk Talk Listen with Maya Azucena (episode 31)

March 17, 2021
Singer-songwriter and humanitarian Maya Azucena and she is known for making music that uplifts the soul. Among several awards for her music and humanitarian outreach, Azucena garnered a Grammy Certificate for contributing her 4-octave range and soul-stylings to a feature performance with Stephen Marley on Best Reggae Album of the Year, “Mind Control.” Brooklyn-native Maya is an avid independent touring artist and songwriter performing globally. Maya has devoted a significant amount of her career to human rights participation. In 2006, Maya sang at the "Save Darfur: Rally to Stop Genocide" on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in solidarity with Barack Obama, Paul Rusesabagina, George Clooney, Elie Wiesel and numerous other performers, activists, and celebrities. More recently, she performed as a part of Marcus Miller's concert for Japanese tsunami relief. She sang alongside bassist Marcus Miller, keyboardist Robert Glasper, and rapper Q-Tip. She wrote two songs for the IFC documentary Lockdown USA, which examines the 1972 Rockefeller Drug Laws. Maya provided music for Emmy-Winning UN documentarian Lisa Russel's latest film Not Yet Rain, regarding the advancement of Women's health laws and reproductive rights in Ethiopia. She also performed two years in a row at the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in New York City's Central Park. The race is a massive fundraiser for breast cancer research. Maya produced Hope Night, a concert event devoted to domestic abuse awareness. The event brought together several nonprofit organizations and speakers, including Governor ’’David Paterson’’. In 2008 Maya and her band did a five-week US State Department-sponsored tour of Burma, China, Philippines and Sri-Lanka as part of The Rhythm Road/American Music Abroad Program, performing concerts and workshops while appearing national press in an effort to create cultural exchange. Since then, in 2009, Maya did a similar tour for cultural exchange in Honduras and El Salvador, and will be returning to Honduras for another program.You can find more info on her website: mayaazucena.com
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