Musician Maya Azucena (centre) Speaking to the press. Left is the Public Relation Officer to Us Embassy in Tanzania Roberto Quiroz and right is Mama C.
By ABDULWAKIL SAIBOKO
Tanzania is making significant progress in curbing domestic violence and abuse, an American activist, Ms Maya Azucena, has said. The Brooklyn singer, Ms Azucena said this during a press briefing in Dar es Salaam on Thursday while announcing her mission in the country.
While in the country, she toured Arusha and Dar es Salaam on a charity mission. “I came here last year and held several sensitization dialogues where people especially youths came out confidently and told the stories of their lives in Arusha and Dar es Salaam, a year later I see things changing to the better very rapidly,” she said.
“Most of us are victims of domestic violence, I happened to be in abusive relations but I came out of it and now I am free. Through my music I am trying to compose songs that will help others know that there is a safe place for those who are being treated badly,” she added. Ms Azucena called on local artists to learn how to be creative and sing songs that will send a strong message to people by selecting topics that address critical challenges facing societies.
She noted that during her visit last year she did a song for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with some local and Kenyan artists titled-‘Mama Creator’, that advocated for safe motherhood.
“My desire is to inspire my audience, I want to affect people in a way that will make them stand firm to change their own lives, I am happy with what I am doing and I enjoy it,” she said. Ms Azuzana whose tour is sponsored by American Embassy, will on Saturday night hold a live performance on stage at the National Museum theatre where several local artists are expected to perform.
Source Tanzania Daily News