Soul Sisters Podcast: Camila Meza Says 'It's Time to Wake Up' About the Role of Women in Jazz

Chris Drukker
Camila Meza

Jazz artist Camila Meza joins Soul Sisters on the eve of New York's Winter Jazzfest to offer some real talk about the challenges facing women in that genre today - and what she suggests we can do about it.

"It's time to wake up" about the inequality women artists face, she says. As a woman, "you have to do twice as better...You have to trust yourself, you have to get over the 'I'm not good enough' thing" -- to push past doubts that, for example, the virtuosity of a woman guitarist such as herself could match that of a man. 

"Honestly, it's a lot of work to be a woman!" she admits, but with a sense of purpose, not defeat. With a new album, Ambar, on the horizon in 2018 -- and other exciting projects bubbling up that she promises to announce soon -- Meza is certainly putting in the work. 

Listen to the full episode below, hosted by Darah Golub and Jessie Katz, and be sure to subscribe to the Soul Sisters channel on iTunes for all upcoming episodes!