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Ozomatli Plays Politics

AUG 6, 2012 – NPR has a great article out on the awesome politically active band Ozomatli, who have been playing picket lines and other events for years.They are a Latin band that plays "norteno" style music which hails from Northern Mexico and the Southern part of the US, and one of their musical activist songs is called "La Terperatura" which sings about the immigrant experience and urges people to get politically active. Check out the NPR article here, and check out the musical video to "La Terperatura" below. (photo credit: cc/Martica1974)

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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