Music And Culture Of Los Angeles

2131 WordsNov 4, 20169 Pages
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, popular music and culture became significant influences on the lives of many individuals within the city of Los Angeles. East Los Angeles (“East L.A.” or “the Eastside”), in particular, was a center of flourishing musical, cultural, and social scenes with strong connections to the changing Chicano/a identity. Under this environment in which the Chicano movement (moviemiento) continued to prevail, a large number of socially aware and politically active, Latin-fusion “Chicano” bands were developed. One of such was the Ozomatli band, who strived to express their activist viewpoints through popular music. The spatial context of the band’s emergence, their links to past musical movements, and their implementation of a wide array of musical styles and genres all define their impact on Chicano identity in Los Angeles. Through their music, the Ozomatli band has showed much about the importance of the changing Chicano culture and served as the framework for cultural and social dynamics of present-day Los Angeles. Ozomatli, which originated in Los Angeles, California, is a six-piece (six person), all male band that was formed in 1995. The name “Ozomatli” is derived from the Nahuatl (Uto-Aztecan language) word for “the Aztec god of dance who is represented as a monkey figure in the famous Aztec Sun Stone” (“The Battle of Los Angeles” 725). This band plays a variety and mixture of genres, from “classic to modern Latino, urban, hip-hop and

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