Day 5 – How does your music relate to education? Reminder to vote for ONCE AGAIN (World cat) in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest

Day 5 – How does your music relate to education? Reminder to vote for ONCE AGAIN (World cat) in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest visiting – thank you – merci – gracias!

This is part 1 of 2 videos for today – first off Rahman – In today’s VLOG, Rahman Jamaal answers how his music is related to education, through organizations such as Hip Hop Congress, Rap Force Academy, and others like The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus that use music to teach.

For me… Razteria I have been following parallel careers in academia – environmental science, and public health, with the purpose to do something with all the opportunities and priviledge I have.. Over the past decade working in research and as a volunteer on various community based projects – I realize that at this point in time – what I can give most is through being an artist…

Hence I integrate specific public health messages in my songs (Mosquito – Dengue fever prevention, Vinchuca – educating about Chagas disease) as well as other social justice issues – most importantly I see at this time the plight of displaced people all over the world – from immigrants to refugees – no human is Illegal…

I also specifically would like to help get more women involved in producer and engineers in music – much like the Women’s Audio Mission here in San Francisco… Women’s Audio Mission

Day 4 – Vote ONCE AGAIN – Our Musical Influences

Day 4 Rahman Jamaal and I share what are our musical influences!

A little reminder that you can vote everyday through the month of April for our song ONCE AGAIN (World Category) in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest! Thank you so much for your support!

Day 3 A reminder to Vote!

Day 3 A reminder to Vote! You can vote once per day for 30 days for our song in the Lennon Awards. Click to vote for “ONCE AGAIN” in the World category!

Here we share a little background on how we (myself and coauthor Rahman Jamaal Mc define ourselves as world artists…

My roots branch out from Bolivia to Netherlands and USA… the opportunities I have had to learn from people from many cultures has enriched my life and opened my eyes to the huge injustices that exist and a drive to use my privilege to do something to heal this divide…
I believe that songwriting is the tool that I need to hone in order to bring songs with messages which are relevant to humanity, which heal and transcend time…

Day 2 in the Lennon Awards!

Reminder to vote visiting today and everyday for ONCE AGAIN (Razteria Rahman Jamaal, World Music Category) till end of April :) We got such and awesome response yesterday – thank you so much 😉

Check out this little video – “how did Rahman and Renee meet?” At KPFA 94.1 FM – on of the Pacifica Radio Network! Pacifica is a network of 5 sister stations – KPFA (Berkeley) KPFK (Los Angeles) KPFT (Houston) WBAI (New York) WPFW (Washington DC) and hundred of affiliate stations around the world. It is the oldest and largest independent network in the world, receiving NO corporate or government funding. It was founded by Lewis Hill, in 1949 (

In my humble opinion – this could be taken as the “norm” for media outlets in general if we are to truely represent the plurality of voices and perspectives that must be heard.


Day 1 – Dia 1 – Help our song ONCE AGAIN win in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest


I am honored to announce that Once Again, a song I cowrote with Rahman Jamaal has won Grand Prize in The John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the WORLD CATEGORY! During the month of April we need your votes everyday to help us get from Top 24 to Top 12 and then a chance to win Song of The Year!

**Today is Day 1!** Voting is super easy just go to and click the tab in the World Category next to “ONCE AGAIN” and you get a chance win a brand new Yamaha RS320 Electric Guitar and Line 6 AMPLIFi 75 amp package the more you vote! You can vote everyday for 30 days :)

We will be posting “the making of” clips of the incredible journey around the world that this song catalyzed, leading up to the music video debut of “Once Again” dropping Easter Sunday April 16th!

This tune features the amazing drums of Jay Sweeta and the sweet trumpet of Anthony Ant. It was recorded Truffula Oak Studio, mixed Live Oak Recording Studio and mastered at Trakworx Studio

Links to the song:
Studio Recording:
Live Performance:
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Thank you so much! Gracias! Merci beaucoup! Obrigado!


“Once Again”

A little reminder to check out “ONCE AGAIN” – the winner of John Lennon Songwriting contest in the World Category Session I 2016 – a song I wrote with Rahman Jamaal

Soon – in April 2017 – we are calling on your support to vote for our song to win “A Lennon Award” – and reach the next level of the competition to quality for song of the year!

Listen to the Studio Recording on Youtube and Live Performance on Youtube


Crushing boundaries…


:) Recien llegada de la gira de produccion con una montana de musica que mata fronteras entre culturas y generos de musica.. Ahora a trabajar a pulirlo y planificar para su nacimiento que representa la sangre de personas de a traves el mundo… Ojala que esa musica puede llevantar la conciencia y entendimiento entre seres humanos y servir a romper con la politica de xenofobia. Gracias a todos que invertieron su tiempo y energia creativa! Y gracias a todos los que me han apoyado en este proceso brindando me hogar y guiandome. Dentro de un par de meses van a poder disfrutar de los frutos de esta colaboracion masiva.

:) Just arrived from the international production tour with a mountain of music that crushes boundaries between cultures and genres of music .. Now to work to polish and plan for its birth that represents the blood of people across the world … with the hope that this music can help to build understanding between human beings and serve to break with the politics of xenophobia. Thanks to everyone who invested their time and creative energy! Thank you to all who have supported me in this process – giving me a home and your guidance. In a few of months we will enjoy the fruits of this massive collaboration.

:) je viens d’arriver de ma tournée de production avec une montagne de la musique qui tue les frontières entre les cultures et genres de musique.. Maintenant commence le travail de polir et plannifier sa naissance ce qui représente le sang de personnes à travers le monde … J’espere que la musique peut sensibiliser et augmenter la compréhension entre les êtres humains.. et servir à rompre avec cette politique de xénophobie. Merci à tous ceux qui ont invertie leur temps et leur énergie créatrice! Et merci à tous ceux qui me ont soutenu dans ce processus en me fournissant un endroit pour me loger et m’avoir donner des conseilles indispensables. Dans quelques mois, ont va pouvoir profiter des fruits de cette collaboration massif.

Women’s Rights Are Human Rights – Sending a message to TRUMP

I wish I could have been there. But I am in Bolivia – producing music – which I hope will inspire a change.

#lovearmy #imanastywomen Fuel me (…) I cannot survive on righteous anger alone (…) Our approach to freedom need not be identical but it must be intersectional and inclusive. It must extend beyond ourselves. (…) Collective liberation and solidarity is difficult work it is work that will find us struggling together and struggling with one another. Just because we are oppressed does not mean that we ourselves do not fall victim to enacting the same unconscious policing shaming and erasing. We must return to one another with greater accountability and commitment to the work today. (…) A movement is so much more than a march, a movement is that difficult space between our reality and our vision. Our liberation depends on all of us. All of us returning to our homes and using this experience and all of the experiences that have shaped us – to act – to organize to resist. – Janet Mock