Ozomatli + Josh Kun: at the edge of urban identity

The motto of multi-racial Los Angeles band Ozomatli used to be “We take you around the world by taking you around L.A.” In a session hosted and narrated by scholar and author Josh Kun, the band will mix story and sound to explore the challenges and promises of musical identities in a global age defined by extremes of scarcity and abundance, from the streets of L.A. to the orphanages of Nepal and Burma to the levees of New Orleans.

How can music preserve traditions while inventing new ones, healing wounds while imagining new spaces of hope? From backyard Mexican rancheras to Arabic funk, from flamenco dancehall tocumbias for the dead, this will be a sonic trip to the global edges of contemporary urban identity.

Filmed at TEDxSF.