Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cristian Castro, Jose Jose, Ozomatli and Other Latin Music Stars Headline LULAC Immigration Reform Concert

On Saturday night in Albuquerque, New Mexico, several Latin music artists including Cristian Castro, Ozomatli, Jose Jose, Pee Wee and others came together in support of immigration reform. It was a night of passionate outcries against the current legislation in Arizona with original songs written expressly for the concert. “Voces Unidas” was sponsored by LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), which held its annual national conference in Albuquerque this year. The concert took place at the relaxed and spacious Tingley Coliseum at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds.

I had the opportunity to stop by the sound check earlier in the day and was able to get some video of Cristian warming up and speak with Wil-Dog, guitarist and vocalist for the band Ozomatli which describes itself as “a notorious urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican raggae and Indian raga.”

It was a wonderful family-friendly concert.  The evening was laid back, kids and grandparents were dancing in the aisles to hot tunes, all the while coming together to make people aware of an important issue. Check out my video HERE:

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