Maya Azucena, vocals
Christian Ver Halen, guitar
Chris Rob, keyboards,
Hagar Ben-Ari, bass
Ivan Katz, drums
Bendji Allonce, percussion
Maya Azucena, a critically acclaimed Grammy-certificate winning singer-activist is dedicated to inspiring the world through her voice. Among other acknowledgements, Maya's was awarded a Grammy certificate for her collaboration with Jamaican star, Stephen Marley; a Proclamation from Congress for co-producing Hope Night, a concert for domestic-abuse awareness; and the prestigious "Top 40 Under 40" Award from The Network Journal for her business acumen, community work and work abroad. Maya mentors teenagers and is a motivational speaker on the subjects of artist entrepreneurism and achieving ones dreams. She was able to share this with the world on the popular reality show MTV's MADE by mentoring a teenager to her greater potential over the course of 5 weeks. In November 2012, Maya performed at the world-renown TEDx WOMEN conference in Washington DC.
Billboard and the Washington Post have heralded her mesmerizing performances, as well as the Village Voice that said, “armed with a powerfully compelling voice, Azucena just could be the most impressive of the current hip-hop/soul/r&b diva crop.” She's collaborated with artists as wide-ranging as Marcus Miller, Cormega, Mr. Cheeks, Fitz & the Tantrums, Roy Ayers, Roberta Flack, Immortal Technique, Vernon Reid and Jonathan Peters. Maya’s latest CD, CRY LOVE has been listed on several “Best of” lists including #1 on Pop Matters, and Amazon’s “Top Albums You May Have Missed.”
At the invitation of various U.S. Embassies & U.S. State Department, Maya toured with her band to China, Burma, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Honduras, El Salvador, Tanzania and most recently, Russia, which inspired a feature on the cover of The Washington Post’s World section. The Washington Post affirmed "...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."
Maya is currently focused on supporting One Billion Rising, an international campaign against domestic violence. Her song “Dance Revolution” is a campaign song, calling the world to unite against the tragic statistics of abuse and rape of women and girls.
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