♪worthy #1 I started walking at 6 months old and speaking by the time I was a year old. ♪worthy #2 I used to ride dirt bikes and do wheelies, skid contests, and race around Prospect Park. ♪worthy #3 We built club houses in my basement (that is on some Brooklyn #*$@ you don't know). And we built go-carts, sawing off the wheels of my sister's toys while she cried (hahahaha that's wrong, right? But she was too old for that toy anyway!) ♪worthy #4 In JHS into freshman year of HS I thought I was a rapper for a few weeks... I used to try to battle people and in retrospect I think they were probably laughing at me. That was probably around the time I had the amazing tag name HAZEL EYES.
Maya Azucena is an award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist, known for making music that uplifts the soul. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she travels the world inspiring through her songs.
Featured as a coach on MTV’s show “Made”, she also has a Grammy-certificate for her collaboration with Stephen Marley; performed at the 2013 Essence Fest with artists like Beyonce, Jill Scott and Maxwell; has been mentioned in O Magazine, Washington Post, Billboard, and countless other publications; heard on HBO’s The Wire, seen on NBC’s 30 Rock; and sang at prestigious events with incredible world-movers such as TEDxWomen; Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s Every Woman, Every Child event at the UN; One Billion Rising international campaign to end violence against women; and Omega Institute’s Where We Go From Here conference alongside President Bill Clinton!
Maya is the proud artist ambassador for BeadForLife, an NGO based in Uganda that enables women to overcome extreme poverty by becoming business-women with sustainable skills, through jewelry making. Together with BeadforLife, Maya launched her first signature jewelry line, the MAZU Collection.
She has also recently been invited to be on the executive board for CONNECT NYC, an organization that provides counseling and training to families and communities overcoming domestic violence.
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Photo by Robert Adam Mayer