Don’t Mess With The Dragon (Concord Music Group, 2007)
Los Angeles multicultural band Ozomatli has become one of the most exciting world music acts in the West Coast of the United States. Their hybrid style, with bilingual lyrics in English and Spanish, could land them perfectly in the mestizo music category that is so big in Spain and France.
The group is very hard to categorize. There are rock elements, but there’s also a Mexican conjunto feel, specially when the group drifts into cumbias. Throughout the years Ozomatli has has the ability of absorbing new sounds and trends in international music. That’s how they have added Reggaetón to Don’t Mess With The Dragon.
In addition to great music, Ozomatli also has a deep social conscience. The lyrics talk about important social issues affecting the Los Angeles population, specially immigrants.
In an increasingly multicultural California, Ozomatli represents the future.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.