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The First Time I Saw Ozomatli

Transported on a joyride that transcended culture, language, color, gender, politics and religion

By Janet Herrera
Published on LatinoLA: September 17, 2008


The First Time I Saw Ozomatli


The first time I saw Ozomatli perform was as the opening act for Santana.

From the onset of the first note to the very last drum beat, they resonated with me in more ways than one. And, judging by the hips swaying in the aisles and huge smiles on everyone's face, the feeling was mutual. Needless to say, the music and vibe was undeniably contagious and palpable.

For the next 45 relentless minutes, we were transported on a joyride that transcended culture, language, color, gender, politics and religion. How refreshing. Everyone was on the same wavelength.

I couldn't help but feel a sense of camaraderie and pride buzz through me.

We were all enjoying the moment together, prejudices, if any, forgotten or put aside. A microcosm of the Los Angeles melting pot stirring with excitement in unison. Strangers becoming fast friends aptly as the words being sung were "y todos juntos tambien somos de la tierra." All of us together are from the Earth. Words to live by.

I've seen Ozomatli in many other venues since: Ford Anson, Dragonfly, even Spaceland. No matter how large or intimate the setting, the music and vibe remain.

It's not just a show, it's an experience.

An uplifting, auspicious, incomparable experience.

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