Ozomatli: Student Meet and Greet
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Student Meet & Greet


activism and altars
October 29, 2020

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

Music, activism and altars in honor of Noche de los Muertos.

20/21 Hop Presents

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Dartmouth students are invited to join three of Ozomatli's bandmates for this special pre-show event. Meeting as young political activists and musicians, the band formed in Los Angeles in 1995 to play a notorious urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, and merengue and comparsa. In their 25-year career, they have been recognized and celebrated widely, winning four Grammy Awards and serving as official US Cultural Ambassadors playing to audiences around the world.

Ozomatli premiers never-before-heard music, discusses their history of activism and shares their altars in celebration of Noche de los Muertos. Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions for the band, and if they've made their own altar, we invite them to share it with us during the event. All ethnicities and backgrounds are welcome, even if folks do not celebrate Noche de los Muertos!

This event will take place over Zoom; the link will be emailed to you after registering. 

About Ozomatli

Ozomatli celebrates the city's eclectic culture through both local and world music influences. Ozomatli includes band members Wil-Dog Abers (bass, marimbula); Raúl Pacheco (guitar, tres, jarana); Justin 'El Niño' Porée (percussion, rap vocals, lead vocals); Asdrubal Sierra (trumpet, lead vocals, piano); Ulises Bella (saxophone, requinto jarocho, keyboard, melodica); and Jiro Yamaguchi (drums, percussion).

Ozomatli's release of their first self-titled album earned them widespread recognition and the opportunity to open for the legendary Carlos Santana on his Supernatural tour. Their sophomore album Embrace the Chaos won them a Grammy for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album, and their album Street Signs won both the same award and the Latin Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. They are currently working on their latest recording Ozo-fied Volume 1: A Century of Mexican Classics, with classic Mexican hits reimagined with a reggae feel. 

Ozomatli is committed to fighting for social justice issues. In 2006, Ozomatli was named Cultural Ambassadors for the U.S. State Department. They also performed for President and First Lady Obama at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 32nd Annual Award Gala. The band also emphasizes the importance of family and children, bringing generations together through their music. Their 2012 release Ozomatli Presents Ozokidz features original and lively children's music that educates children on the values of nature and knowledge, sometimes with kazoos. 

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