Ozomatli and La Misa Negra to perform outdoor concert at Aitken Arts Plaza next month
The Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University continues its 2021-22 season with a double shot of rhythmic dance music on Saturday, September 25 at 4:30 p.m. with Ozomatli and La Misa Negra,
Tickets are available now at muscocenter.org or by calling Chapman University ticketing services at 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726).
“With their blend of Afro-Latin rhythms, reggae, ska, hip-hop, rock and cumbia, Ozomatli brings a totally different vibe to our recent reopening of Aitken Arts Plaza with Pacific Symphony,” a said Musco Center executive director Richard T. Bryant. “It’s just the kind of fabulously musically juxtapostiton in a variety of styles, genres and cultures that we are proud to present.”
The Grammy Award-winning Six-Piece Ozomatli and Seven-Piece La Misa Negra will wave a resurgence as Musco Center continues to host audiences live events on the Chapman University campus after an 18-month absence due to pandemic restrictions.
Music will revitalize the general admission audience in the Bette and Wylie Aitken Outdoor Arts Square, which occupies the gently sloping front lawn of the Musco Center. The bands ‘unique mix of rhythmic dance music, along with the boldness of punk rock and positive messages about farm workers’ rights, immigration reform and an end to gun violence, will fill the skies of Aitken Arts Plaza.
Ozomatli represents the diversity of American culture and a fervent commitment to social justice and progressivism. For more than a quarter of a century, they have performed around the world, inspiring the United States Department of State to appoint them Cultural Emissary.
Formed in the mid-90s, Ozomatli quickly established himself on the LA club circuit, then boosted his visibility with an appearance on “Vibe!”, A late-night urban talk show, before releasing his first eponymous album in June 1998. Other releases followed, including Live at the Fillmore, a concert CD / DVD package in 2005.
The current members are Wil-Dog Abers (bass, marimbula, accompaniment and occasional vocals); Raúl Pacheco (guitar, tres, jarana, vocals); Justin ‘El Niño’ Porée (rap, backing vocals, backing vocals and percussion); Asdrubal Sierra (trumpet, vocals, piano); Ulises Bella (saxophone, backing vocals, jarocho requinto, keyboard, melodica); and Jiro Yamaguchi (drums, percussion, backing vocals).
In 2015, the group set a new vision: to revisit its collective Latin music heritage through the prism of reggae and Caribbean music. After a PledgeMusic campaign that surpassed its target of 53%, they entered the studio with famous producers Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. Guests were also present, including Gaby Moreno, Juanes, Regulo Caro and “Herb Alpertto”. Non-Stop: Mexico to Jamaica, released in 2017, featured songs written by Selena, Café Tacvba, Juan Gabriel, Julieta Venegas and Los Tigres del Norte, and rearranged tunes from their catalog.
Known for their unique blend of heavy cumbia and high energy Afro-Latin music, La Misa Negra has, through their wild and unique performances, a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands. to emerge in the years. Like Ozomatli, this is a diverse fan base that transcends musical, cultural and generational divides. Their stage shows deliver an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy, fueled by horn and accordion riffs, a fierce rhythm section and vintage-inspired sound.
The seven-piece group hails from Oakland, Calif., Led, as Billboard described them in 2018, “by not one, but three women, including singer Diana Trujillo, who plays an infectious and dancing mix of cumbia and of funk “.
The group is led by founding composer Marco Polo Santiago, the guitarist and accordionist whose affinity for hip-hop and heavy metal inspires much of the sound and identity of the group. In addition to Colombia-born Trujillo, the members of La Misa Negra are Justin Chin (tenor and baritone sax), Morgan Nilsen (tenor sax and clarinet), Craig Bravo (drums and percussion), Elena de Troya (percussion) and Paul Martin Sounder (double bass & percussion).
In the decade since their live debut, La Misa Negra has continued to travel the country, sharing festival stages and posters with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, Thievery Corporation, SZA, Mon Laferte. , Julieta Venegas, Ana Tijoux, Bomba Estereo, and of course Ozomatli.
Tickets are now on sale at www.muscocenter.org or by calling 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726).