Fresh from the recent release of new album Fire Away, esteemed LA band Ozomatli will continue their ongoing mission to spread cultural diversity and progression by traveling to Mongolia and China as part of a state department trip, representing the US as cultural ambassadors. The ethnically and culturally diverse group will be spreading their love and knowledge of music and bringing their inimitable fusion of Latin, hip hop and rock to the crowds.
Extending from 2009’s state visit to Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand, their current trip – which runs from 21st May until 4th June – will see them playing free concerts, leading music workshops and performing community outreach throughout East Asia. The band, famed for their multi-faceted mélange of cultural influences, will be visiting a number of different areas across the countries in the hope of propagating their message.
They will be visiting the recovering area of in Dujiangyan, China which was devastated by an earthquake in 2008, where they will be extended musical education to the disabled and disadvantaged in the area.
They will also be playing a series of concerts including a landmark free gig in Sukhbaatar Square in Mongolia which will be the first concert of its kind allowed by a Western band, with over 10, 000 people expected to be in attendance. Other performances will include the USA Pavillion in Shanghai as part of the Shanghai World Expo, as well as a number of other special concerts across Wuhan, Chengdu, Xindu, and Beijing.
Watch a video of their Beijing Performance: