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Listen as you cruise the streets of L.A. and you’ll hear the rhythms of Ozomatli, a band named for the monkey in the ritual Aztec calendar. It’s the music of the multi-ethnic City of Angels with its rising Latino population and its polyphonic mix of rock, hip-hop, funk, cumbia and Chicano low-rider R&B. Ozomatli likes to create a street party atmosphere, but they’ve always been a band with a social conscience, too, whether its defending immigrants rights or expressing tolerance and acceptance in their new song, “Gay Vatos in Love.” Lately, they’ve become global ambassadors, roaming the world on State Department tours. As the band tells SOUND TRACKS reporter Mirissa Neff, they started out as representatives of the new L.A. but feel like they’ve become “citizens of the world.”


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Ozomatli: The Quick Hits Interview

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Ozomatli are celebrating their 15th anniversary as a band, what they jokingly refer to as their “Quinceanera,” the coming of age party for Latinas. “It’s the longest relationship any of us has ever been in,” says founding member Ulises Bella. “Kind of sad, huh?”


These guys are old friends and it’s obvious they’re still having fun with their hard-charging, polyglot band. “Quick Hits” reporter Mirissa Neff caught up with them at a rehearsal on tour in San Francisco, where Wil-Dog Abers and Jiro Yamaguchi joined Uli in describing how strange it was to get a call from the Bush-era State Dept., how their lead vocalist almost died on stage in Madagascar, and why they wanted to include “Gay Vatos in Love” on their new album “Fire Away.”


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