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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 (21 Jun. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Realworld
  • ASIN: B0002CH91Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,252 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Believe
2. Love & Hope
3. Street Signs
4. (Who Discovered) America?
5. Who's To Blame
6. Te Estoy Buscando
7. Saturday Night
8. Dejame En Paz
9. Santiago
10. Ya Viene El Sol (Remix)
11. Dona Isabella
12. Nadie Te Tira
13. Cuando Canto
14. Como Me Duele
15. Believe (Live)

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You generally don't have to listen too hard to hear what's on the mind of Los Angeles music collective Ozomatli. The multi-faceted band is rarely subtle in its politics or its incorporation of countless Latin traditions as well as modern rock, jazz, pop and hip-hop. But on the band's third album, Street Signs, the addition of the Prague Symphony and the distinct influence of Arab and North African music certainly qualify as ambitious curve balls. Announcing its intentions from the get-go, album-opener "Believe" starts with a Rai-style vocal melody before finishing with a gritty rap as Bollywood-style strings provide a sweeping backdrop throughout. Never lingering in one place for long, the band quickly goes from there into some of the catchiest Latin Rock this side of Santana's "Smooth" on such gems as "Love And Hope" and "(Who Discovered) America?" before tearing off in other directions. These fearless hip-hop bambinos truly go their own way, saying what they want, playing what they want. --Tad Hendrickson

BBC Review

In this age of disillusioning politics, my vote goes to the Ozomatli street party. There's no other group that can mix the incongruent ingredients of lyrical defiance, global dance beats, hip-hop attitude and pop hooks so convincingly and explosively.

On their third full-length album to date, the outspoken Los Angelianos have not only expressed their political convictions in text, but have also implied them in their music, marrying their characteristic hard-edged Latino beats for the first time with North African and Arab music. The result is Ozomatli's lushest album to date.

There's a sea of melancholic strings, deep enough to drown in, a tide of tumbling rhythms, and sharp samples that sit at odd angles to create a dizzying tension. Ozomatli seem to have cracked that secret to merging the simple with the sophisticated. Their choruses are charming sing-along rhymes that will repeat themselves endlessly in your head after only one listening. The lyrics are rallying cries to save the world and guard hope, and the musical canvas is rich and luscious and drips with deft mixology.

To perfect their clever craftmanship, the multi-skilled Ozomatli combo has invited a host of stellar guests. Eddie Palmieri works his piano on "Nadie Te Tira", Jurassic 5 MC Chali 2na adds his bass-heavy rapping to the trancy gnawa backing of "Who's to Blame", and Moroccan master musician Hassan Hakmoun graces the elevating "Believe" with his instrumental skills. It's a feast for the ears and a party for the feet. --Katharina Lobeck

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "revolutionouronlysolution" on 25 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio CD
One of the most amazing facts about this band isn't that they manage to blend Angeleno Hip-Hop, Latin Rock, Barrio Funk, Jazz and Middle Eastern influences but that they are from LA. It really doesn't show except maybe for on the track "Who's to blame?" where former member 'Chali 2na' returns for an extremely pertinent rap.
The album flows seemlessly from track to track through seemingly limitless amount of genres and musical influences. With some tracks in English, some not and some both this is certainly a diverse album vocally and that doesn't even include their serious, political and important content.
"Believe" is ridden with Middle Eastern influences and leaps both feet first into a stunning rap and pulls it off perfectly while "Love" is as beutiful as it is uplifting. Those who enjoy other more varied hip hop such as Black Eyed Peas and The Roots will enjoy "Saturday Night"s take no prisoners attitude and funky beats and those who know and love Manu Chao will love the Mediterranean style party starter that is "Dejame En Paz".
Whichever way you look at this album all you can do is enjoy it and wonder why other bands arn't this good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "charlottemckay" on 16 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Having seen Ozomatli live three times at a variety of venues it is fair to say that they are the best live band in the world. Through recorded music, it may be a struggle to get across the energy, enthusiasm and sheer talent that this group of people possess. The pure mix of music genres and instruments used defies belief, it should really sound like a mish-mash of noise in a attempt to be different.
The result however is a finely crafted musical experience. Each song is so unique, drawing on each forte on the band be it rapping, spanish guitar, congos or brass.
This CD deserves a place in everyone's music collection.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Skudder TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
I think it was Time Out magazine which described Ozomatli as the best live act in the world. Having never seen them I can't vouch for that (although they manage to get the quote on every poster and advert, but who can blame them.) Having said that, there is a taste of what they are like live on this CD, as the last track is a live version of the first track - 'Believe'.
The track 'Believe' has a very Arabic feel to it, which is unusual enough for an American band, but Ozomatli do like to mix up their genres so the parts which would normally be played by the violin on a real Arabic song are played on a distorted electric guitar, and there is a rap break in the middle. The second track is in a similar style but has a Santana-type feel to it. (Ozomatli did play some concerts with Santana, and collaborated on an album track)
Track 3, Street Signs, is a Latin hip-hop track and track 4, 'Who discovered America' is more of a straight Latin/Santana song.
Track 5, 'Who's To Blame', is based on the Egyptian Rhythm which most dancehall reggae artists like Elephant Man and Sean Paul have used, and then track 6 is more traditional Latin music.
Track 7, 'Saturday Night' has an old school rap vibe to it and track 8, 'dejame en paz', is a real fiesta of percussion-heavy samba, which sounds like it would be fantastic live. Track 8 slows it down again with another Latin song, 'Santiago'.
Santiago segues into a remix of 'Ya vien el sol' which is like latin reggae - the rhythm is very reminiscent of Murder She Wrote by Chaka Demus & Pliers, but of course there is a twist with typical South American drumming and plenty of scratching.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "alex_wareing" on 10 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD
As eluded to by most other reviewers (and every bit of Ozomatli marketing) time out magazine described Ozomatli as the best live act in the world. Having seen them live 5 times, i can say this is firmly true. In fact I don't think any other band comes even remotly close, the crowd interaction, atmosphere and vibe are all unbeleivable.
Considering this, any cd is never going to do Ozomatli justice, and sometimes its hard to see past this. However Street Signs is a superb album in itself, a unique blend of styles and excellent production make this cd a joy from start to finish. A mixture of high octane, emotional, political and downright party music. Great fun to sit and listen to but to do it justice you just gotta get off your ass and dance!!!!!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "alex_wareing" on 10 Dec. 2004
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As eluded to by most other reviewers (and every bit of Ozomatli marketing) time out magazine described Ozomatli as the best live act in the world. Having seen them live 5 times, i can say this is firmly true. In fact I don't think any other band comes even remotly close, the crowd interaction, atmosphere and vibe are all unbeleivable.
Considering this, any cd is never going to do Ozomatli justice, and sometimes its hard to see past this. However Street Signs is a superb album in itself, a unique blend of styles and excellent production make this cd a joy from start to finish. A mixture of high octane, emotional, political and downright party music. Great fun to sit and listen to but to do it justice you just gotta get off your ass and dance!!!!!
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