I recently attended the World Roots concert at the Hollywood Bowl, which featured jazz masters Hugh Masekela and Eddie Palmieri in a special collaboration, LA's own Ozomatli and the Cuban/pop sounds of Yerba Buena.
Yerba Buena got the crowd warmed up with their short but exciting Afro-Cuban Pop songs.The last song "What's a matter with you, What's a matter with me?" featured catchy lyrics with a Latin beat that got the crowd warmed up.
Ozomatli was clearly the crowd favorite. As the group appeared the crowd got up on their feet and roared with sound approval. They started by playing congas and drums as they marched to the stage, which brought the crowd to a louder ovation. The energy of Ozamotli members electrified the crowd as they played modern versions of Cumbia and Banda music as well as their own original compositions.
One song had the crowd on their feet dancing and singing along as they brought some kids up from the audience to dance. The group ended by marching through the crowd through most of the aisles with chants of "?Ozomatli, ya se fue!" from the crowd. The march lasted a good 10 minutes as each section of the crowd got louder as they marched through their section.
Hugh Masekela took over the concert with songs about South Africa and Nelson Mandela while Eddie Palmeri and his group played like the masters they are. The concert ended with a colaboration of Masakela and Palmieri.
In all it was a great night of music with a mixture of the up-and-coming Ozomatli and Yerba Buena and the masters Hugh Masekela and Eddie Palmieri.