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Guest DJ: Ozomatli

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For the last 16 years, Ozomatli has been modestly proving that a band can mix music and politics and still sell records.

I say modestly because they don't draw attention to themselves for that. To do so would dilute their message. Instead their method has been to lead by musical example.

Their opposition to war and support of immigrants, gay and transgender rights are addressed in music that celebrates open borders and cultural interaction. And they have lots of fun while delivering those messages!

We invited two of the seven band members to be Guest DJs so we could find out where that vision comes from. Original members Wil-Dog Abers (bass) and Ulises Bella (saxophone, requinto) brought along more music than we had time to play, but the depth of their influences is reflected in their sound. Like all great bands, they don't merely copy — they absorb and re-interpret with a style that is uniquely theirs. Check out this video of a new trend in Mexico — involving very pointy boots that Wil-Dog and Ulises talked about.

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Great chat, great music and lots of laughs. If we had served chips, salsa and some drinks this Guest DJ session would have been one hell of a party!


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Invitado Especial: Ozomatli

En los últimos 16 años, Ozomatli nos ha demostrado que si se puede mezclar música con política, sin dejar de tener éxito comercial.

Ozomatli no busca fama por sus esfuerzos políticos; si lo hicieran, su mensaje no sería tan fuerte como lo es. Su método siempre ha sido dar un ejemplo musical.

Ozomatli es una banda que se ha declarado en contra de la guerra en Irak, a favor de derechos gay y de los inmigrantes. Estas opiniones cobran vida en su música, la cual celebra libres fronteras y un intercambio de ideas culturales. Sin embargo, no dejan de ser una banda divertida y llena de energía.

Esta semana invitamos a dos de los siete miembros del grupo a que hicieron un Guest DJ aquí en Alt. Latino para poder descubrir de dónde viene esta visión suya. Wil-Dog Abers (bajo) y Ulises Bella (saxófono, requinto) nos trajeron una abundancia de música para compartir. La profundidad de sus influencias se refleja en el sonido de la banda. Como todas las bandas excelentes, no copian estilos de música - sino que absorben y re-interpretan en su propia voz. Miren este video sobre una nueva moda en México de la cual Wil-Dog y Ulises nos hablaron.

Nos divertimos mucho con los chicos de Ozomatli: fue un dia de buena música, y muchas risas. ¡Solo faltaban los chips con salsa y una cerveza fría para que esta sesión de Guest DJ se convierta en una fiesta de verdad!

Guest DJ: Ozomatli

La Meta

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Respeto

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Jardinero

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  • by Eddie Palmieri
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Cómo Soy

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La Rama de Mezquite

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