SANTA FE, N.M. — When it formed more than 20 years ago as the result of a labor strike, Ozomatli never anticipated still performing and making music together for so long.
“I don’t think we had a plan,” Raul Pacheco, lead vocalist and guitarist, said with a laugh.
He described the L.A. based band, known to cross danceable genres from Latin to hip-hop to jazz funk, as the vehicle for he and his five bandmates to continue doing what they love.
“We just wanted to play music, and the idea of what Ozomatli became (came) soon after we started playing; it was actually bigger than us,” Pacheco said in a recent phone interview. “It was just this idea of different kinds of people … being able to make something together, which became a metaphor for something bigger than ourselves.”