The international music biggies may have given Delhi a skip but good music can’t stay far from the sound sultanate. The Los Angeles-based Grammy winners Ozo Matli will be playing in the capital on February 13, at the Ashok Hotel.
The multi-ethnic band has a good share of Indian influences (including a tabla player) and is looking forward to hit the Indian shores. Their music ranges from sassy Latino to Hip Hop, rock and funk and they have toured with greats such as Carlos Santana, Dave Matthews Band, and Lenny Kravitz.
Besides Delhi, this energetic band will also be performing at Chandigarh, Bangalore and Nepal.
HT City got an exclusive interview with Ulises Bella who handles tenor sax, clarinet and vocals and Jiro Yamaguchi percussionist and tabla player of the band.
A HEARTY CONNECTION: “Indian music has an inherent connect with music from across the world and as musicians and music lovers, coming to perform in India would be nothing short of a treat,” said Ulises Bella.
Apart from an enthused exchange with the audience the musicians are also looking at opportunities to fuse their frequencies with Indian artistes. “In fact, I’m open to any number of interactions with Indian musicians. There is something special about artistes of this country which has such a rich musical history. From Bollywood to classical . and even folk music, we’re game for everything. There is a shehnai player called Sanjiv who I’m keen to jam with in particular,” says Jiro Yamaguchi.
Jiro picked up the tabla after attending Ustad Zakir Hussain’s performance in a concert and then studied it further.
INDIA CALLING: On the Indian sound in their band they say that it was almost a natural decision, “Indian music has infiltrated the western music lovers’ mind for long. Our connection with Indian music is also strong, as so many of us are fans of your music. Today, Indian music has definitely seen a steady growth with mainstream artistes increasingly experimenting with it,” adds Ulises.
So, get ready for their heady set of infectious rhythms and tangy melodies.