Ozomatli Blends Music and Activism in LA

Ozomatli is a "cuture masher" band out of LA that are described as "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 raggae and Indian raga". For fifteen years they have grown up as a band on the streets of LA, and have recently been named by the US State Department as Cultural Ambassadors. They have done “hip hop ghetto plays” at inner-city elementary schools, to community activist events, protests, and city fundraisers.

On their website they say, "Ozomatli has spent 15 years working diligently to spread its message of peace, communication and understanding through music, with a long standing tradition of performing for children all over the world.."

Watch a video below of the band on Ozomotli Day, helping to promote education for children, and check them out here.


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