12 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A palpable sense of purpose and joy runs through this L.A.-based band’s 1998 debut. Reflecting their city’s vast diversity, Ozomatli thread together cumbia, rap, funk, salsa, and more. People cheer, whistles blow, records scratch. “Eva” is a soulful love song swirling around Spanish guitar, while MC Chali 2na’s loose-limbed rhymes ground tracks like “Super Bowl Sundae.” Outspoken lyrics about police brutality and economic inequality remind us of the band members’ background as labor organizers. Blasting Ozomatli = summer in the city.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A palpable sense of purpose and joy runs through this L.A.-based band’s 1998 debut. Reflecting their city’s vast diversity, Ozomatli thread together cumbia, rap, funk, salsa, and more. People cheer, whistles blow, records scratch. “Eva” is a soulful love song swirling around Spanish guitar, while MC Chali 2na’s loose-limbed rhymes ground tracks like “Super Bowl Sundae.” Outspoken lyrics about police brutality and economic inequality remind us of the band members’ background as labor organizers. Blasting Ozomatli = summer in the city.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

51 Ratings

51 Ratings

The Best of the best

etvenezuela

This is the first album from Ozomatli and it is one of the best albums I owned. One of the best buys of your life!!!

Timeless classic

Metal2TheCore

I first heard this album when i was a lot younger, I enjoyed their music then but was too young to really pay attention to any of the lyrical content. I forgot about them for a while until I got my I-pod and started furiously updating my musical library, in the process of doing so I stumbled across this album again and fell in love. Its a very good buy and is totally worth it, their newer stuff is very mainstream and poppy but this stuff is very soulfull and fun. Buy it and enjoy

FINALLY!!!

sgraff

Probably this is the definitive Ozomatli album. While they have gone in many different directions since, this is by far the best album. 1) Because it is so much jazzier (Note "O Le Le" and "Donde Se Fueron?") 2) This is the album where 2 members of J-5 (and one split member)really start to get noticed as being sick. They define this album and leave us wanting for more of them. Finally you guys have this album so those of us who neither can find the CD nor want to download it "illegally" (the RIAA is also attacking smaller websites who play music on their sites because of violations of the same copyright laws; though college radio is exempt for the moment, but I don't trust the Supreme Court in power right now; that's another story altogether) can download it. This is the quintessential Ozomatli album!! Thank you iTunes!!

About Ozomatli

Brewing a vital concoction of Latin salsa, urban hip-hop, and jazz-funk, Ozomatli formed in Los Angeles in the mid-'90s, eventually settling on a lineup that included Raúl "El Bully" Pacheco, Ulises Bella, Jiro Yamaguchi, Cut Chemist, Chali 2na, Wil-Dog Abers, Mairo Calire, Rene "Spinobi" Dominguez, Justin "Niño" Porée, Asdrubal Sierra, and Jabu. After making their name on the local club circuit, the group made an appearance on the urban late-night talk show Vibe! and released its self-titled debut in June 1998. Embrace the Chaos was released in 2001, followed by an EP, Coming Up, in 2003. A third full-length, Street Signs, which featured a changed lineup (both Cut Chemist and Chali 2na, for example, left the group on good terms), came out in 2004 and subsequently won a Grammy. A concert CD, Live at the Fillmore, with an accompanying DVD of the show, was released in 2005, unofficially honoring the group's tenth anniversary, and in 2006, Don't Mess with the Dragon was released, followed by Live from Soho in 2008. The band returned to the studio with producer Tony Berg to issue Fire Away, its debut album for Mercer Street Records/Downtown Records, in 2010. Two years later, a surprise turn into children's music produced Ozokidz. In 2014, Ozomatli delivered their seventh studio album, the Robert Carranza-produced Place in the Sun. While they played the festival circuit in the U.S., Canada, and Europe in support of the album, it was business as usual: The group seldom took time off, playing across Latin America and the Caribbean as well. In 2015, the band honed in on a new vision: to revisit their collective Latin music heritage through the lens of reggae and Caribbean music. They undertook a PledgeMusic campaign (and reached 153-percent of their goal) and entered the studio with Sly & Robbie as producers. Ozomatli also invited a large host of guests to assist on various tracks. They included Gaby Moreno, Juanes, Regulo Caro, and "Herb Alpertto." The material included songs written by Selena, Café Tacvba, Juan Gabriel, Julieta Venegas, and Los Tigres del Norte, and rearranged tunes from their catalog. Entitled Non-Stop: Mexico to Jamaica, the set was issued by Cleopatra in the spring of 2017. ~ John Bush

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    1995

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