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The quick, sharp blasts of a pocket trumpet can be heard out in the courtyard. Inside a small Echo Park home recording studio, Asdrubal Sierra is adding his horn parts to a new song by Ozomatli. It's a warm, danceable track destined to be offered for use at the next World Cup soccer tournament, and a fitting sound for a vibrantly multicultural event.
Just outside sit two of Sierra's bandmates, singer-guitarist Raul Pacheco and percussionist-singer Jiro Yamaguchi, relaxing in the shade to talk about a new season of activity for the distinctive Los Angeles band. Nearly two decades ago, Ozomatli began as a group of young political activists with a gift for music that reflected multiple layers of sound and culture. Today the band is sufficiently established that the City of Los Angeles has declared April 23 Ozomatli Day.