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MAYA AZUCENA / Press

“Throughout her career, Brooklyn songstress Maya Azucena has established herself as music’s “Independent Queen,” building a devout international fan base over the past decade by consistently releasing quality music and providing countless breathtaking live performances. Azucena has developed a reputation as a humanitarian as she’s served as an official U.S. Cultural Ambassador conducting State Department-sponsored concerts and workshops hosted by the U.S. Embassy in China, the Philippines, Burma, Sri Lanka, Honduras and El Salvador. She’s also co-founded MGDFive.com, a website dedicated to improving maternal health, with filmmaker Lisa Russell, and is the go-to female vocalist for a number of underground rappers looking for a smooth female presence to compliment their hard rhymes.”

“My music integrates my mission of inspiring others to recognize their own power to change their circumstances, or to change their communities. In my future are more of these divine opportunities to make inspiring music. ...I look forward to touring behind the music of my latest, critically acclaimed full-length CD, Cry Love, as well as supporting my new single releases. Along the way, I’ll be collaborating with more producers and artists, and looking forward to connecting with my fans.”

“Azucena, who has traveled to Burma, Sri Lanka, China, Honduras and other countries on behalf of the United States, was invited by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, using funds from the State Department’s public diplomacy program... Human rights are paramount issues, Azucena said in an interview, and she tries to convey their importance in her music. Although talk of human rights by an American normally sends Russian officials into paroxysms of anger, Azucena said she has been met with nothing but smiles. “I have this power,” she said, “a microphone in my hand and an audience.” And she sang on, of justice with wings, of love in everything, of feeling good and feeling strong and how everything, everything, everything’s gonna be all right. (cover of the WORLD Section in the Nov 5th issue)”

“Maya Azucena is a warrior, self-crowned with a giant flower in her hair. Soulful anthems about love and self-worth are Maya’s weapons of choice. Maya’s socially conscious music (as on her latest album, 2011’s Cry Love) puts her in the prestigious company of African-American singers like Harry Belafonte and other activist performers commissioned by the U.S. State Department to spread their messages of peace and justice with a global audience. Whether singing for girls at a rape crisis center in Tanzania, performing for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a U.N. summit or holding court a girl-empowerment event with the Roots’ Black Thought, Maya’s uplifting message always moves the crowd. The Grammy-certificate-winning indie singer (she won in 2009 for a collaboration with reggae’s Stephen Marley) recently joined forces with respected house producer DJ Spinna to release “Dance Revolution,” the first single off One Billion Rising. Read more at EBONY http://www.ebony.com/vid”

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