Defined by innovation, creative lyrics and ethnically diverse sounds, Ozomatli comes to the Fred Kavli Theatre on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 8:00 pm.
Ozomatli’s music is as multifaceted as its members and influences. Meeting as young political activists and musicians, the original 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, Merengue and Comparsa, East L.A. R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga—all while following a key mantra: Ozomatli will take you around the world by taking you around Los Angeles.
Their music has been recognized and celebrated widely with three Grammy® Awards (for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album and Best Alternative Music Album, among others), and the City of Los Angeles has declared April 23 as “Ozomatli Day” in recognition of the band’s sizable contribution for more than 25 years to the city’s cultural life.
Ozomatli not only puts on a rocking performance but are also known as vocal activists. Ozomatli is committed to social justice and uses their music as an outlet to speak on human rights. The identity of the band has been seeded by their political outreach, from indigenous rights in the Zapatista movement to women’s rights. They’ve been named Cultural Ambassadors for the U.S. State Department and were the first musical group to speak at the TED Conference. Ozomatli has seamlessly merged pop culture and stand for social justice to create rhythmic masterpieces that stand out from average mainstream music. “It’s a tough line to tread, but Ozomatli does it effortlessly, throwing the kind of party most bands dream about while never undermining it’s all-encompassing spirit of unity,” says Variety Magazine.
The band, which is comprised of six members (Wil-Dog Abers, Ulises Bella, Raul Pacheco, Justin Poree, Asdru Sierra, and Jiro Yamaguchi), recently released a new album called Marching On on Blue Élan Records.
Single tickets are priced at $62 – $42. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com, or through the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard. For more information call 805-449-2787 or visit www.bapacthousandoaks.com
Bank of America Performing Arts Center
2100 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362