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    Ozomatli
If any band could be all things to all people, it would be Ozomatli. The nine members of this LA collective blend a unique and exhilarating cocktail of salsa, ska, hip-hop, samba, funk, ragas, and rock. Despite being named after the Aztec god of dance, Ozomatli provides more than party music. In fact, the band coalesced around a 1995 protest by workers at the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. Bass player and then-LACC employee Wil-Dog staged a sit-in to call attention to poor working conditions. He was joined by singer, guitarist and former political consultant Raul Pacheco, and a series of benefit concerts began. By the time the strike was over, Ozomatli had a repertoire of original songs and a growing legion of hometown fans. The band had grown to nine members, including MC Chali 2na and DJ Cut Chemist of underground hip-hoppers Jurassic 5. Ozomatliís packed shows every Sunday at a local nightclub finally drew the attention of the Almo Sounds label. Capturing the spirit of its live show in the recording studio, the band released its self-titled debut album in 1998.

-- Jackie McCarthy

Jackie McCarthy is the former music editor of Seattle Weekly, and writes about music and other topics for CMJ New Music Monthly, Seattle Weekly, and Resonance on paper, and CDNow and Wall of Sound on the web.

   
Ozomatli Dos Cosas Ciertas MP3,WinMedia Alternative, Jambands
In this MUSICBLITZ Exclusive, Santana's favorite new band hits a traditional Latin groove, celebrating life's "sure things" with style to spare.

Ozomatli Super Bowl Sundae MP3,WinMedia Jambands, Rap/Hip Hop
On this MUSICBLITZ Exclusive, Peanut Butter Wolf mixes up Ozomatli's "Super Bowl Sundae" into some lean, mean, Latin/jazz/hip-hop cuisine!


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