Grammy Award-Winning Group OZOMATLI Shares “Sunsets” From Upcoming Studio Album

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May 6, 2022 – Two-time Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles-based band OZOMATLI continues to release new music in 2022 – ‘Sunsets’, from upcoming album Marching On, is now available on all digital services. Listen to “Sunsets” now. Marching On is their first studio album since 2017’s critically acclaimed twisted reggae, Non-Stop: Mexico to Jamaica in 2017 and marks their debut with new label, Blue Élan Records. The group also takes to the road to preview this new music. Starting May 15, they will take part in the popular Southern California Beach Life Festival before attending several high-profile summer series concerts around the country. To end their summer, the group will jump on The Old School Cruise at the end of September.

As vocalist/lead guitarist Raul Pacheco describes the reggae-tinged, island-tinged new single, “‘Sunsets’ is about the city of LA, traveling from the east side to the beach and all those special moments in between. We wish may they last forever but even beautiful sunsets have to end one day. Inspiration came from the end of beautiful things, sometimes it’s relationships, sometimes it’s important parts of your life. When you look at a sunset, it’s just for a moment – you really just have a few minutes to capture this image because it’s gone. To me, there’s something about it – about life, about way we live, there are beautiful things everywhere but they may not be permanent and you might as well enjoy them while you can.”Last year, the band released two new singles from the album – the soulful grooves of “Mi Destino”, with guests B-Real (Cypress Hill/Prophets of Rage) and vocalist, Gaby Moreno, featured on KCRW during the air freestyle dance party, “Fellas” which features Lisa Lisa of Cult Jam fame and the ladies of JJ Fad, became a sought after duet on tik tok. In March, influential Los Angeles-based radio station KCRW premiered the maraca shaking single, “Sacude” on “The morning becomes eclectic”.Produced by David Garza (Fiona Apple), Working includes the six core members of Ozo: Asdru Sierra (vocals, trumpet, keyboards), Raul Pacheco (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) as well as the special guests mentioned above. While the core tracks were all completed at Sonic Ranch, due to the pandemic, other parts of the record were completed remotely. Despite the often terrifying uncertainty of the world in 2020, Ozo was finally able to complete Working, which turned out to be an almost prescient song and album title. As the lyrics of the track state: “Yeah we keep marching until justice reigns / And the world sings the song of freedom / Yeah we keep marching while the battle rages / As the new generations are born / Until we right the wrongs.”

The 11 songs are a unified mix of the members’ influences and ideas. Or, as founding members Jiro Yamaguchi and Uli explain: “You drive down Sunset Boulevard, turn off your stereo, roll down your windows, and all the music that comes out of every car, whether it’s salsa, cumbia, merengue, hip hop, funk or whatever, it’s this crazy mix that’s going on between this cacophony of sounds is Ozomatli, you know?”

Ozomatli on tour
05/15/22 – Redondo Beach, California – BeachLife Festival
05/16/22 – Los Angeles, California – The Venice West (BeachLife afterparty)
05/22/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Getty 25 Celebrates Lincoln Heights/East LA
05/29/22 – Taos, NM – Kit Carson Park
05/30/22 – Pelham, TN – Dia de Los Muertos in the Caverns (A PBS TV Event – featuring Los Lobos)
06/17/22 – Menlo Park, CA – The Guild Theater
06/18/22 – Mammoth Lakes, CA – The Village of Mammoth
06/19/22 – Ukiah, CA – Todd Grove Park (Sunday in the Park)
06/23/22 – Fullerton, CA – Craig Regional Park (OC Parks Summer Concert Series)
07/16/22 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Pier (Surf Rodeo)
07/28/22 – Ridgway, CO – Hartwell Park
07/29/22 – Fort Collins, CO – Washington
07/31/22 – Carbondale, CO – Sopris Park (Carbondale Mountain Fair)
09/02/22 – Silverthorne, CO – Rainbow Park
09/15/22 – Long Beach, CA – The Old School Cruise
09/16/22 – Long Beach, CA – The Old School Cruise
09/17/22 – Long Beach, CA – The Old School Cruise
09/18/22 – Long Beach, CA – The Old School Cruise

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