Jiro Yamaguchi Loves NPR : NPR Extra Ozomatli has always made danceable, family-friendly music, and now they've got an album out just for kids, that parents will like, too. Hear band member Jiro Yamaguchi talk to Tell Me More host Michel Martin about the album Ozomatli Presents OzoKids, and see him sport some NPR love.
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Jiro Yamaguchi Loves NPR

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Jiro Yamaguchi at NPR West.
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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.