I Heart NPR

Jiro Yamaguchi Loves NPR

Jiro Yamaguchi at NPR West. i i
Angie Hamilton-Lowe/NPR
Jiro Yamaguchi at NPR West.
Angie Hamilton-Lowe/NPR

Jiro Yamaguchi is a percussionist and vocalist for Ozomatli, the multi-piece band that has been mixing Latin sounds with hip-hop, rock and jazz since the mid-1990s.

However, the LA-based band's latest release, Ozomatli Presents OzoKidz, features songs inspired by some previously unexplored topics: germs, spelling, and photosynthesis, to name a few.

Yamaguchi spoke to Tell Me More Host Michel Martin about the group getting their "kid chops" to transition into writing songs specifically for a younger crew, maintaining their cool, and making sure parents can still get into the music. Check out the interview to hear selections from the record, including fan-favorite "Moose on the Loose."

And though you still won't see him driving a minivan, you can see Yamaguchi here, showing his love for NPR.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: