It's very hard to choose a Monday Video this week, with my head and my heart still full of Friday night's Calexico concert. So here's one from a band I love just as much (and who also give great concerts at the Rialto here in Tucson): the fabulous, big-hearted, and irrepressible Ozomatli. In the video above, we see the band in an unusually quiet, acoustic groove, performing their beautiful song "Cuando Cando" -- which speaks about using the gift of music to make a difference in the world. (I believe that mythic arts can do the same.)
Based in LA, this multi-cultural band does indeed use their music to address political and spiritual topics and to be a force for community activism and positive change. For the full-on Ozomatli experience (plus some fabulous chicken masks), check out their video for La Gallina (which we featured on this blog in the past). And here's a little video interview of the lads talking about making "Don't Mess With the Dragon."
I always find it a little bit hard to come back to big, brash America from my little village in the English countryside...but exuberant, multi-cultural, inclusive and generous-spirited bands like Ozomotli and Calexico remind me of all things I like best in the American spirit, and make me glad to be here.