The original spirit of cultural music
In the article, the author talked about the formation history of the famous band called Ozomatli. The band members are Japanese, Scottish and black people, which are very diversity. The bands’ music styles are combined with hip-pop, samba style, Meg dance and black group dancing, East Los Angeles blues, New Orleans, Indian styles and so on. Their music styles are various, too. Ozomatli has been the favorite band in Los Angeles, even all over the world. As the author said: “Ozomatili’s music and political work offers us invaluable bottom-up perspectives on the terrain of counter-politics and cultural creation at the beginning of the twenty-first century” (SOB P445), the band has been the epitome of Los Angeles even the whole American diverse culture and political differences conditions.
The band member said their music is “the sound of people”, it is because they elected and mix different kinds of music. They main music style is the Latino music, even they dissolve their folk culture and the commercial culture, even they combined the social movement culture and the popular culture, even they were impact by the commercial society, they still didn’t change their style. This made me think about a very popular traditional band in China. It is called “ Twelve Girls Band”. All the girls in this band are playing the Chinese traditional instruments like urheen, dulcimer, pipa, bamboo flute and so on. They don’t play these traditional instruments in the traditional ways. They mix the different playing skills and playing styles during their performance. For example, the urheen is played by the players when they are sitting, and they must put the instrument on their legs, but after they improved the playing skill, they can play the urheens when they are standing. Also, even they were impacted by the mainstream style music, they still keep on playing and creating music that played by the Chinese traditional instruments.
One of the band member, Wil-Dog, in Kun said: “Everyone in the band says, ‘we take you around the world’. (SOB P464) But for me, it is like we just take you around L.A.” He thought everything in Los Angeles would bring him inspiration of his music, and the music was also the representative of L.A. When you listen these music, you will know, it is Los Angeles, it is the soul of L.A., it is everything in L.A. This made me think about my home’s traditional music. In my city, there is a very famous mountain called Yimeng Mountain. There is a very famous song called Yimeng song. It was sung by people from one generation to another. No matter where people come from, when they heard this song, they will know it’s a traditional song of Shandong Province. There are also many songs like that. In the Spring Festival evening party of CCTV in China, a very famous singer and Celine Dion sung a very famous song < The Jasmine>, when people heard this song, they seems feel the Jiangnan beautiful scenery. Also like the song < Liuyang River>, it made people think about the magnificent scenery and culture of Hunan Province in China. There are also many examples of other countries, like some famous Russian folk songs, they are impacted by the modern society and new style music, but they still keep the original spirit of their own.
Victor Hugo Viesca, Straight Out the Barrior: Ozomatli and the Importance of Place in the Formation of Chicano/ a Popular Culture in Los Angeles