Citizenship : United States
The name of the team comes from the Aztec word for the astrological symbol ` obezyana` ; it should be noted that, in Aztec mythology, the monkey is a god of dance, fire, harvest and music.
`Ozomatli` - American band playing mostly hip- hop, rock and Latin music. Known primarily active in social activities of its members and a wide range of genres performed compositions - salsa, jazz, funk, reggae, and many others. The name of the team comes from the Aztec word for the astrological symbol ` obezyana` ; it should be noted that, in Aztec mythology, the monkey is a god of dance, fire ,Harvest and music.
The group periodically shake reshuffle ; even the number of their members continuously varies from seven to ten. However, the main six artists have experienced the entire composition - lead vocalist and trumpeter ASDRA Sierra, lead vocalist, guitarist (and igrokna such exotic instruments like the tres and yarana) Raul Pacheco ,rapper and percussionist Justin Pori, bassist and vocalist auxiliary Wil - Dog Ebers, drummer and vocalist auxiliary Jiro Yamaguchi, and finally, keyboardist, vocalist, saxophonist and auxiliary Ulisses Bella.
We met the future members of the group on the basis of social activity - together they collaborated with the Center for Peace and Justice in Los Angeles. Its first joint appearance of the future `Ozomatli` arranged for a group of strikers. At first they worked in Los Angeles clubs, San Diego and Mexico ; while cooperating with them MC Chali 2na, drummer Kat Kemist drummer William Marrafo and saxophonist Jose Espinoza. For the first time in the magazine zasvetivshis` ` ` Vibe`,the band began to perform more familiar to the average viewer music ; It was after this care into the mainstream, in June 1998, and came into the world of their debut album.
Between the first and second album, the band has undergone several lineup changes ; four out of ten performers left the band, and they were replaced by new ones.
The group`s second album, `Embrace the Chaos`,I came out in a very unlucky day for the world - 11 September 2001,. While many groups and canceled all his concerts in those unfortunate days, `Ozomatli` continued to speak than have attracted some attention. One music, however, is not limited to ;musicians for a moment did not stop to discuss matters with the fans obschestvennoyspravedlivosti and progressive political reforms ; very soon in their repertoire and added another anti-war slogans.
Further, there have been several changes in the composition ; a group actively experimented with the style used - in particular ,for some time now they have added to their creativity, African and Arab flavors. Finally, `Ozomatli` gathered as part of stretching at the moment most of all - to the original six joined drummer Mario Kaliri, trombonist Sheffer Bruton, drummer DJ Spinobi and rapper MC Jabu. It was released three more albums - `Street Signs`,`Live At The Filmore`, and ` Don`t Mess With The Dragon`. The first one came out in 2004th ; it demonstrated exquisite compilation mnozhesvo popular styles brought the album ` Gremmi` Award in the category ` Best Album Latin / Alternative muzyki`.
At the end of the 2002nd, shortly before the release of `Dont Mess With The Dragon`,Spinobi left the team in order to work on a solo project ; relationship with the team, however, it is still supported. In September 2007, he left the team and Jabu ; He was replaced by Tre Hardson. In early 2008, the band recorded a song for the baseball team - Kaliri drums at this time substituted for Chris Kano.
In July, 2008-of the team performed at the next concert with his old member - MC Chali 2na; it was assumed that their union will last for some time, but in August `Ozomatli` went to Africa without Chali2ny