Since its inception in 1995, innovation and creativity have defined Ozomatli. Hailing from Los Angeles, the group found a way to represent the city’s eclectic culture through music that appeals to the local community and the world beyond. Ozomatli’s success is exemplified in an impressive variety of genres, from classic to modern Latino, urban, hip-hop and other world styles. The “Dioses del Baile,” or “Gods of Dance,” have created one of the most exciting, captivating and flat-out fun live shows touring today. They continue to harness their musical instincts by conceiving new concepts and forging new sounds that keep fans on their toes and the world dancing.
The band is currently in the studio working on their latest recording: “NONSTOP: LA → MEXICO → JAMAICA” an album of classic Mexican hits reimagined with a reggae feel. This record will pay homage to the band’s Latin roots, allowing them to personalize songs that defined their youth and in turn, become part of Latin and Pop music lore. Produced by drum & bass reggae legends, Sly & Robbie (Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Madonna, No Doubt) and featuring various high profile guest vocalists, the album recreates the magic of classic Latin hits, with a reggae dancehall vibe that only Ozomatli could make feel as natural as waves rolling in the Caribbean sands.
Prior to paying respects to the classic Latin catalogue, Ozomatli was creating its own repertoire adored by fans and critics alike. The band catapulted to the top of the live music scene with their first eponymously titled album. The impact of the then 10-piece band’s album was felt throughout the music world, and earned them the opportunity to open for Carlos Santana on his Supernatural tour. Following the success of its first album and touring with Santana and Mana, Ozomatli released its sophomore album, Embrace the Chaos, which garnered a Grammy award for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album. The follow up album, Street Signs, won both the same award and the Latin Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2005.
Ozomatli takes firm stances on various social justice issues. Their work focuses on giving voice to Latino culture, opportunity to children, fighting for workers’ rights, and promoting global unity and peace amongst people, cultures and nations. Ozomatli were named Cultural Ambassadors for the U.S. State Department in 2006, were the first musical group to speak at the TED Conference in San Francisco, and performed for President and First Lady Obama at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 32nd Annual Award Gala.
In addition to politics and social issues, Ozomatli emphasizes the importance of family and children. The band has strived to make music to be shared through the generations and have even recorded music specifically targeted towards children and families. Their 2012 release, Ozomatli Presents OzoKidz, features all original children’s music that captures the innovation and liveliness that Ozo fans have become accustomed to, while educating children on the values of nature and knowledge. The band continues to perform the album at special OzoKidz concerts, where parents and children alike dance and play along on OzoKidz kazoos.
With “NONSTOP: LA → MEXICO → JAMAICA” Ozomatli continues creating music for entire families and communities. By recreating these classic Latin songs, Ozo redefines their meaning and reimagines their beauty for generations to come. As Ozomatli percussionist and MC, Justin Poree, puts it, “Anyone who is eight or 80 will recognize “Sabor a Mi” or “Besame Mucho.” The band has been sprinkling some of these songs into their recent live shows, and the crowds have not been able to hold back from coming together to sing along with “Como La Flor” or “Tragos Amargos.” These rhythmically and melodically rich songs bridge the generational gap, captivate all who listen, and beautifully mesh a variety of rich cultures.
Residente (born René Pérez Joglar; February 23, 1978) is a Puerto Rican rapper, writer, producer and co-founder of the alternative rap group Calle 13. He has won 25 Grammy awards, the most Grammys ever awarded to a Latin artist.
He studied fine art for 8 years, before launching an independent career as a lyricist, performer and director of many his own music videos. His lyrics have been lauded by critics and studied by academics at universities around the world.
He is most recognised for his commitment to social justice, championing educational and native rights across Latin America. In November 2015, Residente received the Nobel Peace Summit Award for his commitment to social awareness and promoting peace. He has also served as the spokesperson for several UNICEF and Amnesty International campaigns.
With 19 years of experience and six studio albums, Panteón Rococó concerts are still full with the same energy and cheerfulness as when they started, making every presentation unforgettable. They have performed in a various number of stages and music festivals in Mexico. Also, their World Tours have taken them to travel around Europe, United States and some countries of South America, allowing them to spread their music to every corner of the world.
2013 was a mayor year for the band, their powerful performance in “Vive Latino” festival gave them recognition from the public and the press. They lead the Corona Fest tour, visiting seven of the most important cities in Mexico, culminating in the Azteca Stadium with a massive concert in front of 130,000 spectators. They toured much of the United States, visited Colombia in two different occasions for the Jamming Festival Bogotá and the Manizales Grita Rock. Additionally, they played over 25 cities around Mexico.
Now in 2014 Panteón Rococó continues his travels and performances, in Europe made its fourteenth tour that included performances at major festivals: Hurricane and Southside in Germany and Greenfield in Switzerland. In USA they played at the Neon Desert Festival in El Paso, Texas. And in Mexico highlights their recent performance at the festival #QueMePregunten before more than 80,000 people. Currently preparing the release of a new single, “Viernes de Webeo” (produced by Chiquis Amaro). This song will be released digitally (second half of September 2014) along with a side B, and accompanied by their video clip directed by Silvia Tort.