“As a world citizen, I’m concerned about the problems of the world, and the problems that are facing our next generations.  It is important to show the world this situation, and any situations that are challenging the very existence of humanity.”

-UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and musician Herbie Hancock, at the South American premiere of Amazon Gold in Lima, Peru.

As he prepared to kick off a two-week concert tour of South America, legendary pianist and composer Herbie Hancock joined the Amazon Aid Foundation and Americas Business Council Foundation to introduce Amazon Gold to a new audience in South America. Hancock, an Artist for the Amazon who narrated the English version of the film, voiced his support for Amazon conservation efforts and emphasized the importance of protecting the environment for all humanity.

Hancock is known as one of the most innovative jazz musicians in the world, winning 14 Grammy Awards and an Academy Award for his Round Midnight film score. It was recently announced that he will receive the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors this December, along with Billy Joel, Martina Arroyo, Shirley MacLaine, and Carlos Santana.  The Kennedy Center Honors are given in recognition for lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts, and are selected by the Executive Committee of the Center’s Board of Trustees.  During the Honors Gala, the 2013 Honorees will be seated with the President of the United States and Mrs. Obama, and the medallions will be presented at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State, John Kerry.

AAF is honored to have Herbie Hancock working alongside us on our mission to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the Amazon rainforest, and would like to congratulate him for his incredible accomplishments!

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