Ozomatli Shares ‘La Rama del Mezquite’ Video, Celebrating 25th Anniversary with New Label


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Hip-hop, salsa, jazz, Latin-themed rock — for more than two decades, Los Angeles-based ensemble Ozomatli has been doing it all, and the group heads into a new era with Blue Elan Records in 2021.

Earlier this week, the band shared a new video for “La Rama del Mezquite,” an anthem first made famous by Ramon Ayala. Joining the band on the track is singer Cherine Anderson, and the group’s rendition is just as energetic and authentically inspired as you’d imagine:

It’s a preview of a new Ozomatli record, which should be out sometime in 2021. It was produced by David Garza and features the six core members of Ozomatli: Asdru Sierra (lead vocals, trumpet, keyboards), Raul Pacheco (lead vocals, guitar), Willy (Wil-Dog) Abers (bass, vocals), Justin Poree (rap, vocals, percussion), Ulises Bella (saxophone, melodica, clarinet, guitar, requinto, keyboards, vocals) and Jiro Yamaguchi (drums, percussion).

For years, the band has established itself with heavy touring and a celebrational live show that spans styles and brings people together; that community-based spirit is what’s propelled Ozomatli into its 25th anniversary this year.

To that end, here’s a bit from a news release about Ozomatli and its pairing with Blue Elan Records:

Blue Élan A&R executive, Niels Schroeter echoed the excitement from the label, “Personally, bringing Ozomatli to Blue Élan is very exciting. I vividly remember seeing them for the first time in the late 90’s playing in front of a wild crowd of college kids at UC Santa Barbara. Everything about them blew me away, and they’re every bit as vital today as they were then. So much left to say and so much more incredible music to make. I’m honored to be part of this team that’s kicking off their next 25 years.”


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