From British daily The Morning Star:
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(Friday 20 April 2007)
Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London W12
BANDS like Ozomatli are a rare breed these days. Not only are they aware of social inequality but they have something useful to say against unjust politics and war.
And, when their govermnent has George W Bush at its fore, Ozomatli have got every reason to be angry. Surprisingly, though, they choose to do exactly the opposite.
Remember the London anti-war march in February 2003, just as Bush and Blair were about to invade Iraq?
What started off as a serious, sombre protest against war turned into a lively, vibrant celebration of humanity with a carnival-like atmosphere.
That’s the approach that this Los Angelese 10-piece take with their music.
Where a lot of other political bands strike angry poses and throw down angry lyrics, Ozomatli don’t have to.
They embody their politics just by being who they are – a black, Chicano, Cuban, Japanese, Jewish and Filipino hip-hop crew that make joyous and celebratory party music. …
The band’s members met through their affiliation with the Peace and Justice Centre in Los Angeles and their first performance was for pickets during a strike.
Ozomatli video here.