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 LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga—all while following a key mantra: it will take you around the world by taking you around Los Angeles.
Ozamatli's music has been recognized and celebrated widely - having won four Grammy Awards, serving as official US Cultural Ambassadors playing to audiences around the world, and in the City of Los Angeles April 23rd is designated Ozomatli Day in recognition of their immense contribution to the cultural life of that city.
Over the course of Ozomatli’s 25 year career, the group has sold hundreds of thousands of albums, consistently sold out concerts around the world, and performed on high profile TV shows like The Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel, Tonight Show, and Austin City Limits. The band also stars in Drew Barrymore’s Never Been Kissed and has been featured on PBS Kids.