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OZOMATLI: Salsa – Samba – Dancehall - Funk

An Ashford University Summer Pops Special Concert
Thursday, August 22, 7:30pm

Matthew Garbutt, conductor

Back by popular demand, Latin band sensation Ozomatli will raise the roof once more! Their music is an urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of merengue and cumbia, hip hop and salsa, samba and funk. By the end of the night, these Los Angeles Culture-mashers will have you out of your seats and dancing in the aisles!


When Stevie Wonder needed impromptu musical assistance at recent L.A. concert, Ozomatli sprang into action! CLICK HERE to read U-T San Diego's details of Ozo's expert assist to a musical legend and what to expect at Thursday's concert!

Artists,

In their eighteen years together as a band, celebrated Los Angeles culture-mashers Ozomatli have gone from being hometown heroes to being named U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors. Ozomatli has always juggled two key identities. They are the voice of their city and they are citizens of the world.

Their music — a notorious urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga— has long followed a key mantra: it will take you around the world by taking you around L.A. This has never been truer for Ozo than it is in 2013. More than ever before, the band is both of the world and of L.A.

Originally formed to play at a Los Angeles labor protest over a decade ago, Ozomatli spent some of their early days participating in everything from earthquake prep “hip hop ghetto plays” at inner-city elementary schools to community activist events, protests and city fundraisers. Ever since, they have been synonymous with their city: their music has been taken up by both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Clippers, they recorded the street-view travelogue “City of Angels” as a new urban anthem, and they were featured as part of the prominent L.A. figures imaging campaign “We Are 4 L.A.” on NBC. Ozomatli also have the distinction of headlining the Hollywood Bowl three times, in 2008, 2010 and 2012. In recognition of their efforts, the City of Los Angeles has officially declared every April 23rd in perpetuity as “Ozomatli Day.” Ozomatli were also recipients of the 2010 Local Heroes Award by Los Angeles PBS station KCET-TV, recognizing the band’s longstanding accomplishments and community service throughout Southern California. “This band could not have happened anywhere else but L.A.,” saxophonist and clarinetist Ulises Bella has said. “Man, the tension of it, the multiculturalism of it. L.A. is like, we’re bonded by bridges.”

In 2007 the reach and power of that voice went to new global heights. The band had long been a favorite of international audiences – playing everywhere from Japan to North Africa and Australia – and their music had always been internationalist in its scope, seamlessly blending and transforming traditions from Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. (What other band could record a song once described as “Arabic jarocho dancehall”?). In ’07, though, they entered the global arena in a different way.

They were invited by the U.S. State Department to serve as official Cultural Ambassadors on a series of government-sponsored international tours to Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East, tours that linked Ozomatli to a tradition of cultural diplomacy that also includes the esteemed likes of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong.

In places like Tunisia, India, Jordan and Nepal, Ozo didn’t just play rousing free public concerts, but offered musical workshops and master classes and visited arts centers, summer camps, youth rehabilitation centers and even a Palestinian refugee camp. In the case of Nepal, the band’s trip was part of a celebration of the country’s newly ratified peace accord and they arrived with a direct message: “different instruments but one rhythm, together we can make a prosperous Nepal.” Their concert, which drew over 14,000 people, was a historic one — Ozo were the first Western band to do a concert in Nepal and the event was the country’s first peaceful mass gathering that was not a protest or religious ceremony.

In 2009 Ozomatli traveled to Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand performing free concerts and extending humanitarian outreach, including HIV and AIDS care clinics, visits to schools for the blind and deaf, orphanages, Methadone clinics and outreach programs to refugees and disadvantaged youth. In 2010 Ozomatli journeyed to the earthquake zone in Dujiangyan, China. Ozo’s outreach in this area focused on extending the value of music education to children in orphanages, schools for migrant workers families and schools for the handicapped.

Ozomatli were honored to help celebrate the Boston Pops’ 125th Anniversary, performing songs from the band’s recent release Fire Away as well as Ozo classics from their previous discs, accompanied by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The past few years have seen the band focused on Ozomatli Presents “Ozokidz”, a special family friendly set geared towards performing for children and adults alike. The album, released on Hornblow Recordings in fall of 2012, has been recognized by the media as a standout release in the children’s music genre, with plaudits coming from NPR, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, New York Daily News, iTunes and more.

Watch & Listen,
OZOMATLI (SC)
August 22, 2013
EMBARCADERO MARINA PARK SOUTH

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