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Ozomatli

OzomatliAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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Ozomatli belong to a breed of global music hoodlum alongside the likes of Manu Chao and Los De Abajo. They all play a kind of hi-octane pan-Latino dance music which mixes elements like ska, samba, salsa, punk, hip hop to varying degrees, and, in Ozomatli’s case, funk, Tex Mex, swing and soul as well. On stage, they rely mainly on live instruments, old style, and mash all their influences ... Read more in Amazon's Ozomatli Store

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  • Audio CD (June 16, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: June 16, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Almo Sounds
  • ASIN: B000007Q93
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,179 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Como Ves
2. Cut Chemist Suite
3. Cumbia De Los Muertos
4. Donde Se Fueron?
5. Eva
6. O Le Le
7. Chango
8. Super Bowl Sundae
9. Aqui No Sera
10. Chota
11. Coming War
12. La Misma Cancion

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Multiculti Los Angeles-based 10-piece Ozomatli is more than the sum of their parts: hip-hop, salsa, and funk crash head-on in this surprisingly natural collaboration. Their self-titled debut makes Ozomatli sound like one of the world's great live shows--a party band with a brain--and they pull it off deftly. Rapper Chali 2na ("Charlie Tuna," get it?) has an authoritative voice and a way with words, mixing references from Edie Brickell to Ed McMahon; just he and the Cut Chemist (both of Jurassic 5), who lends his turntable skills to the proceedings, would make for an entertaining album. But it's the way that the two--when they're even featured--build on and blend into the grooves of the wah-pedal-and-brass-section-powered ensemble that sets Ozomatli apart. Danceable and engaging, they've made a promising debut. --Randy Silver

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars El Primo para Ozo April 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I bought the Ozomatli complete output of 2 CD's backwards, first "Embrace the Chaos" and next their self-titled debut. Of the two, it's hard to say which is better...it's a toss-up. It's pretty much a non-stop party with a world tour throughout the album sometimes making disparate stops all within the same song...but it works wonderfully.
There is hip-hop, ska, reggae, jazz, flamenco, funk, salsa, mariachi, eastern tinge, western energy, you name it, its here. The prevailing flavors though are a variety of Latino styles across the board and street hip-hop. The production and sound is actually better on this CD vice their second release "Embrace the Chaos". But the hip hop for me is more alive on "Embrace the Chaos."
Standout tracks are "Como Ves", "Super bowl Sundae", and "Cut Chemist Suite." It's difficult to remain in your seat when these are playing. Ozomatli just has a good feel to the music. Go buy this and wear it well...all around the world.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ozomatli is a band with potential! January 23, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I decided to buy this CD based on all the positive reviews that it recieved and all the "Top 10 Albums of 1998" lists it appeared on. I was expecting to hear some great music and when I finally bought the CD, I wasn't disappointed! I have a new favorite band! Ozomatli is truly awesome and their mix of several different musical and cultural styles is outstanding! I LOVE IT! Too bad the small, microscopic fraction of people who don't like the album can't appreciate real music. From what I hear, the band is even better live. I've never seen them live yet (I'm a newcomer to the Ozomatli bandwagon), but I would jump at the chance to see them. This album is simply the best one I've heard in years. This ain't no tired pop music stuff, this is the music of the 21st Century! Ozomatli definitely has potential. If they can remain consistent in making great music from the heart and staying real, then they will enjoy a long and successful career. I hope to see Ozomatli still rocking the house 25 years from now!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a refreshing change October 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
As a fan of J-5, the release of this album made sense, in that Jurassic 5 make a point of putting their music first and image last. Ten piece band 'Ozomatli' seem to work perfectly in tandem with Chali 2na an Cut Chemist, blending all of their styles so well that it sounds as if this is how hiphop should be- a fusion of a wide variety of styles. When this album came out, i would listen to it over and over again, and because of the albums' diversity, it never felt tiresome. It is very difficult to put into words how successful this collaboration is, buy it and you will understand. For those who dont want to buy it, download track such as:
cut chemist suite, o le le and cumbia de los muertos
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Son de la tierra May 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD
When I saw Ozo on Conan O'Brien, I was so impressed with a huge (13 piece?) band playing hip hop that I bought the CD the next day. At first I really only got into the rap tracks with Chali 2na. The reason at the time was that I didn't understand Spanish. But after learning spanish over the course of a couple of years in Sudamerica, I gave it another listen and saw the true musicianship that went into this album. Buy it for the message, and if you don't always understand the words, buy it for la pura musica.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Astounding March 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best Latino cd's I am proud to play in my rotation 6 years after the album was released. I first heard Ozomatli when they opened for Santana in Montreal and I was like woah! I was on my feet dancing throughout their opener. They were so pumped and hyped that no matter what mood you are in they just get you in this partying and dancing mood that you cannot resist. If you are the kind of person who loves those smooth Latino beats blended with a bit of everything for an ultimate summer driving cd be sure to pick this up!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaotic, spirited, spontaneous--absolutely alive. June 18, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As lucky L.A. residents have known several years now, Ozomatli's performances are chaotic, spirited, spontaneous--absolutely alive, and though it must have been quite a challenge to capture that here, this CD does so brilliantly. Completely bilingual, Ozomatli moves freely back and forth from Spanish to English without batting an eye (except perhaps to wink once in a while), and a list of musical elements these guys mix could go on and on: salsa, rap, dub, reggae, cumbia, banda, samba, funk, hip hop, Indian, African, world, etc. Take for example "Cumbia de los muertos," which starts off with a fairly normal cumbia groove laid out complete with high stacatto horns, then segues effortlessly into a thick reggae/dub section with rapping and spacey ambient turntable samples, then somehow works its way back to the cumbia--and it all makes sense. The African sound of "Como Vez" is infectuously danceable, as are the salsa/Afro-Cuban grooves of "Donde se fueron," "Eva," and "O le le." Chali 2na's rapping voice is resonant, warm, his style replete with intelligent, complex rhythmic structures-his is that all-too-rare commodity in the rapping world: a voice actually used as a real instrument in itself, complimenting perfectly the Latin-flavored funk of songs like "Superbowl Sundae," "Chota," and the 70s-flashback/homage, "Coming War." Other songs are simply great raucous fun, perfect party songs--"La misma cancion," "Chango," and the opening of "Como Ves," are perfect examples. Throughout all their material, though, there is a deep, profound humanity and compassion, a seriousness about their work, a love for life, that makes this band one of the greats. Proof positive that the future--and present--state of US culture and music depends more on its place in the larger Latin American continent, and in the world community beyond that, than many seem to realize or admit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best! A lot of variation, as usual.
One of their best! A lot of variation, as is usual with their albums. Each and every track is good.
Published 4 months ago by Esther Torrefiel
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best!
Downloading this album was the 19th time I've purchased it, and I'd glad buy it again. Brings back memories of the first time I heard/met this wonderful band. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Gigmonkey74
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
If you like hip hop and modern production and Latin Music, this is the real deal

Armed with a crack Latin Jazz unit and a turn table, this band takes old school south of... Read more
Published on March 29, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars East Coast
My friend from Cali introduced me to this band and I immedately loved them. From start to finish it is a great album, to the point where I bought all of their cds. Read more
Published on August 19, 2004 by Jess
4.0 out of 5 stars hits.
I think this cd is great. and sets path for rock en espanol. Ozomotli is of the charts with there wicked instrumentals and meaninful lyrics!
Published on May 12, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Puro Chicano!!!
I bought this CD a few years ago so I've descended from the initial euphoria to give an objective analysis of this ground breaking audio experience. Read more
Published on March 15, 2002 by cinco2u
5.0 out of 5 stars Ozomatli is the best group I have ever heard
Ozamatli is just amazing and words could not do justice to their greatness.
Published on September 24, 2001 by Matt King
5.0 out of 5 stars Their music will take you into a whole other world!!!
I have seen Ozo perform over 20 times and they are an incredible group of men who love what they do and are very good at it. Not only do they love music but they love the people. Read more
Published on August 18, 2001 by Cynthia Alonzo
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like J5 you might understand this.
I bought this because Cut Chemist and Charlie 2na are in the group. I was surprised when i put it on to her a latin flavor. Read more
Published on March 31, 2001 by Pete Swanson
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