Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Ozomatli at Afro Funke June 27

AFRO FUNKÉ: Weekly Soul Invocation
Afrobeat, Brazilian, Dub, Reggae, Cumbia, Samba Disco, Batucada, Afro-Latin House, Indian Beats, Makossa
& other deep-rooted Soul music from around the world.

June 27, 2013
KCRW 89.9 FM
In their eighteen years together as a band, celebrated Los Angeles culture-mashers 
Ozomatli have gone from hometown heroes to being named U.S. State Department 
Cultural Ambassadors. Ozomatli has always juggled two key identities: they are the voice of their city and they are citizens of the world.

Their music – a notorious urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall 
and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LAR&B and New Orleans
second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga – has long followed a key mantra: it will take
you around the world by taking you around L.A.

Originally formed to play at a Los Angeles labor protest, Ozomatli spent their early days
participating in everything from earthquake prep “hip hop ghetto plays” at inner-city 
elementary schools to community activist events, protests, and city fundraisers. Since then,
they have been synonymous with their city: their music  has been taken up by MLB’s 
Los Angeles Dodgers and the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, they recorded the  travelogue
“City of Angels” as a new urban anthem, and they were featured as part of the prominent 
L.A. figures  imaging campaign “We Are 4 L.A.” on NBC-TV. Ozomatli also have the
distinction of headlining the Hollywood Bowl three times, in 2008, 2010 and 2012. In 
recognition of their efforts, the City of Los Angeles has officially declared every April 23rd
in perpetuity as “Ozomatli Day”.

On the national stage, the band were recognized for their service not just to Los Angeles 
but as global activists, receiving the National Council of LA Raza’s Humanitarian Award, 
and performing twice for President Barack Obama.
guest deejay:
(Push the Fader / NYC)
Whether at the turntables, or in studio behind the boards, DJ Center soul-travels, navigating
audiences   with a crate of musical goods from around the globe, while echoing a New York 
state of mind. Having rocked cities as far and wide as Los Angeles to Barcelona, Center’s signature
style remains- soulful, feel-good music.
Always aiming to break new tunes and celebrate forgotten gems, a Center set is synonymous 
with the finest of selections, whether he is doing Music Supervision for Gucci, recording 
radio sessions forGiant Step, or keeping parties on their feet until the wee hours.
Live, Center has brought together artists like Talib Kweli, Rob Swift,?uestlove, 
John Legend, Pete Rock, Grandmaster Flash, J.Rawlsand Eric Roberson, 
taking crowds higher at his classic sessions.
resident deejay:
GLENN RED(Afro Funke' / Eclectica)
afro funke' co:founder, booker,
photographer & producer:
CARY SULLIVANwww.facebook.com/afrofunkewww.myspace.com/carysullivan

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