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Australian music presenter and hip hop artist Maya Jupiter has just completed her second solo album in Los Angeles, produced by Quetzal Flores, Martha Gonzalez and Aloe Blacc
She is currently touring Europe with Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme, hosting alongside Exile (LA) on the turntables.
She has opened for Aloe Blacc on his US tour and European tours.
In 2010 Maya became an Artistic Ambassador for the Australian Government’s anti-violence youth campaign called ‘The Line’ (www.theline.gov.au)
Maya presented and produced the weekly “Hip Hop Show” on triple j – Australia’s National Youth Radio Station (2004-2008)
She also presented and produced programs for National music television network, Channel [V] Australia where she interviewed a range of artists from Kanye West to Pink (2003-2010)
She released an album with MC Trey and DJ Nick Toth under the name ‘Foreign Heights’ in 2007, which was nominated for an ARIA in the Best Urban Release category for the song – Get Yours (remix) produced by P-Money (NZ)
Maya has also taught Hip Hop workshops to At Risk Youth through community organisations in Sydney.
about the new album—————————
My new album is produced by highly acclaimed Chicano musicians Quetzal Flores and Martha Gonzalez as well as singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc. I was also privileged to have Eric Madrid mix the album and Dave Kutch master it.
The music is inspired by Son Jarocho , Soul, Dancehall and Hip Hop. It is an interesting fusion of traditional Mexican folk and urban contemporary hip hop and is made up of mostly live instrumentation with a little beat production. We selected traditional instruments such as the Mexican Harp, Tarima, Jarana, Cajon and Quijada (a jaw bone of a donkey).
On stage I sing and rap in English and Spanish, with socially conscious lyrics that you can nod your head to and most importantly dance to! I call it World Hip Hop.