Ozo will be performing in some cities for the first time, while all shows feature the welcome return of rapper Chali 2na, a key member of Ozo’s eponymous debut release and legendary early live performances. The band will be unveiling new songs with Chali, as well as revisiting some old school jams that have not appeared in Ozo’s set-list for some time.
Ozomatli has always juggled two identities. They are the voice of their city and they are citizens of the world… while their music has long followed a key mantra: it will take you around the world by taking you around L.A.
Originally formed to play a Los Angeles area labor protest, Ozomatli spent their early days participating in everything from earthquake prep "hip hop ghetto plays" at inner-city L.A. elementary schools to community activist events, protests, and city fundraisers.
Since then, Ozo have been synonymous with their city: their music has been embraced by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Clippers, they recorded the street-view travelogue “City of Angels” in 2007 as a new urban anthem, and most recently, Ozomatli were featured as part of NBC’s prominent L.A. figures imaging campaign “We Are 4 L.A.”
The three-time Grammy Award winners and two-time Billboard Latin Award winners are also the brand new hosts of “The Ozomatli Morning Show” on Los Angeles radio station 98.7 FM.
Last year, Ozomatli served as Ambassadors on a series of government-sponsored international tours to Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East, tours that linked Ozomatli to a tradition of cultural diplomacy that includes the esteemed likes of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong.
For those who’ve wondered how a band known for its vigilant anti-war stance could partner with the very Bush administration they have so vocally critiqued, Ozomatli are clear about their position: it was all about responding to a global “cry for change” by using music to promote messages of peace and understanding.
“I’ve always felt that music is the key to every culture, the beginning of an understanding,” says vocalist and trumpet player Asdru Sierra. “It’s a language far more universal than politics.”
10/26/08    Voodoo Music Experience - New Orleans, Louisiana
10/27/08    Warehouse Live - Houston, Texas
10/29/08    Stubb's - Austin, Texas
10/30/08     House of Blues - Dallas, Texas
10/31/08     Liberty Hall - Lawrence, Kansas
11/01/08 & 11/02/08    Fox Theatre - Boulder, Colorado
11/05/08    Wilma Theatre - Missoula, Montana
11/06/08    Big Easy Concert House - Boise, Idaho
11/07/08    Crystal Ballroom - Portland, Oregon
11/08/08 & 11/09/08 Showbox at the Market - Seattle, Washington
11/12/08    Senator Theatre - Chico, California
11/13/08    Crystal Bay Club, Crown Room - Crystal Bay, Nevada
11/14/08    Mystic Theatre   Petaluma, California
11/15/08    The Catalyst  Santa Cruz, California
12/11/08 - 12/14/08 The Fillmore  San Francisco, California
12/18/08 - 12/20/08  of Blues  West Hollywood, California