Ozomatli is scheduled to release its latest album this summer, and in anticipation, released the album’s latest single this week.
The band is scheduled to release its new album, Marching On July 15 through Blue Elan Records. In anticipation of the record’s release, the band premiered its latest single, ‘Sacude’ Thursday through radio station KCRW in Los Angeles, California.
The song’s musical arrangement is everything that audiences have come to expect from the veteran collective, complete with all of the Afro-Latin percussion and familiar Cuban style piano licks and vocal styles. There is even a touch of a hip-hop vibe about the arrangement, too, that is so subtle, but still evident in a close listen. That, too, is familiar for longtime fans. The whole is a composition that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.
Front man Asdru Sierra said the song’s lyrical theme is meant to deliver a positive message to listeners.
“’Sacude’ is a song about shaking off toxicity,” he said. “Poetically it describes how the guy in the band that plays maracas has something strange in his instrument that rattles funny and throws off his groove. The maracas are like an extension of our souls in this case. At first a guy in the band that’s his friend tells him there’s something off with him. He points out that he is sick with toxicity and he’s worried. But he needs to deal with it. Then during the chorus, the pregones are the maraca player expelling his toxicity.”
Sierra continued, “We all have toxicity in our lives, whether it’s from other people or our own addictions or insecurities, everyone has experienced toxicity. So, we all aim to clean out our maracas to get rid of whatever makes it sound bad to continue grooving.”
Ozomatli debuted two other singles from the album in 2021. One of those singles was ‘Mi Destino, which features guest appearances by Cypress Hill/Prophets of Rage’s B-Real and vocalist Gaby Moreno. The other single produced from the album is ‘Fellas,’ which features a guest appearance by Lisa Lisa (Cult Jam) and the ladies of J.J. Fad.
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