Win Tickets ($50): Ozomatli w/ Los Rakas @ Aladdin Theater | Hip-hop, Salsa, Latin, Funk

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Ozomatli w/ Los Rakas @ Aladdin Theater on Friday, May 24. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, May 24.

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OzomatliOzomatli w/ Los Rakas
May 24, 2013
8 p.m. | $25 | All Ages

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR 97202
(503) 234-9694 | More

Ozomatli: In their fourteen years together as a band, celebrated Los Angeles culture-mashers Ozomatli have gone from being hometown heroes to being named U.S. State
Department Cultural Ambassadors.

Ozomatli has always juggled two key identities. They are the voice of their city and they are citizens of the world. Their music– 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 ragga and Indian raga– has long followed a key mantra: it will take you around the world by taking you around L.A.

They were invited by the U.S. State Department to serve as official Cultural Ambassadors on a series of government-sponsored international tours to Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East, tours that linked Ozomatli to a tradition of cultural diplomacy that also includes the esteemed likes of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong.

For those who wondered how a band known for its vigilant anti-war stance could become a partner with the very Bush administration they have so vocally critiqued in the past, the band was clear about their position: it was all about responding to a global “cry for change” by using music to promote messages of peace and understanding.

As Bella told The Los Angeles Times during the band’s visit to an orphanage in Cairo, “Our world standing has deteriorated. I’m totally willing and wanting to give a different image of America than America has given over the last five years.”

Los Rakas comprises cousins Raka Rich + Raka Dun, pioneering Panamanians by way of the Bay Area on the frontier of new Latin urban music. Known for their fresh mix of hip-hop, plena, reggae and dancehall music with both Spanish and English lyricism, Los Rakas represent the cutting edge of Pan-American flows.

Taking their name from the Panamanian word “Rakataka” – a negative slur used to describe someone from the ghetto – Los Rakas have set out to both inspire fellow “rakas” by empowering them to become successful despite their circumstances, turning the current Latino hip-hop world on its head.

Prolific peddlers of remixes and mixtapes since 2006, it wasn’t until 2010 that Los Rakas had their breakout year. Along with being the first urban group to win Latin Alternative Music Conference’s (LAMC) Discovery Artist prize, Los Rakas were hand-picked that year to perform alongside Cypress Hill, Erykah Badu, and Manu Chao at Snoop Dogg’s Smoke Out Festival. In the ensuing years, Los Rakas have become a sought after act on the festival circuit with credentials that include SummerStage, X-Fest & Paid Dues in the US, along with Festival Nrmal and Festival Corona Capital internationally.

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34 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): Ozomatli w/ Los Rakas @ Aladdin Theater | Hip-hop, Salsa, Latin, Funk

  1. Alexis Beveridge May 22, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    I’d love to see Los Rakas! I’ve been a fan for quite a while now. Haven’t been to a music show since I was pregnant and now my baby is one. Mama needs this :) :)

  2. Julia May 22, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Oh yes! The perfect Friday kick-off to a fabulous weekend!

  3. Russ Golobic May 22, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    I have been an Ozomatli fan for years, but I have only seen them at Music Millenium where the drummer played a cajon instead of a drum set. It would be great to see the full band. I also think I should win tickets because I paid attention in school and know that six – 2 = 4.

  4. Lorene May 22, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    I love Ozomatli! It would be great to see them.

  5. Melissa May 22, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    I love this band! And would love to see this show. It would be a great way to end the week!

  6. Bill W. May 22, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    I have wanted to see this band, have yet to do so. Friday night could change all that.

  7. Anne May 22, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Dude, I’d love to Gozomatli to this!

  8. Tamara Colpitts May 22, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Oh, this would be awesome!!!!!!

  9. PressTEN May 22, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    Man i JUST found out about this as i passed the Aladdin on my way home the other day on my way home from work and was thrilled to see that Ozomatli was playing.. I have been trying to catch these guys show for years now and would love to be chosen to win these tickets so I can dance the night away!!!

  10. Laura Briar May 22, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    I was born in East LA, transplanted to PDX and Si, ese estoy loca!! Let me see my homies por favor!!

  11. Kelsey May 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    Salsa Caliente!!! Lets dance!

  12. Erica May 22, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    I would love to see Ozomatli this Friday!! I’ve heard that he puts on an amazing live show, and I was just looking for something fun to kick off the weekend. Please pick me!

  13. Ryan May 23, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    there is a ton of talent in the city this night, FlyLo, Bloc Party, Danny Brown, but I would love to be getting down at the aladdin. ozomatli is a giant party…sounds great for a friday night.

  14. Talitha May 23, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    I love this group! I love to dance Cumbia, Salsa & all that latin music and would love to see these guys live so pick me so I can dance all night!

  15. Rain Madrone May 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Ozomatli is one of my favorite all-time bands – let’s do this!

  16. benny May 23, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Would love to Ozomatli! Date.night for mama and papa yes

  17. Eder May 23, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    I used to listen to Ozomatli back when I was like 16! This was 15 years ago…wow. It’s be cool to check them out and see how they sound these days. Plus I’ve been wanting to check out the Aladdin theater and I’ve never win ish on this site :/

  18. TJ Fuller May 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm #


    You can’t stop, this love
    Shake it, Shake it, Shake, Shake it, Shake it
    You can’t stop, this love
    Can’t stop now, got to keep moving
    We’ve got faith in what love can do
    Don’t look back we’re gonna make it through
    Can’t stop now, got to keep moving

  19. Laura May 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    Ozomatliiiiiiiiiiii! Gotta get away, gotta to get back………..let me go!

  20. Slim May 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Alternately this would work supa fine.

  21. Stefanie May 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    My partner just recently became a big Ozomatli fan and this would be a fantastic surprise for her!

  22. jessica May 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    love this band. saw them in austin. the best show that makes you want to dance and party the night away!

  23. Andrea May 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    I have been an Ozomatli fan since my college days and would love to finally see them in person!

  24. eric boor May 23, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    Pick me! Pick me!

  25. Alex May 23, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    because it’d be the awesomest

  26. Kate May 23, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    I’m STILL on hold with American Airlines..

  27. Brian May 23, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I love OZO would love to see them

  28. Keri May 23, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

    I haven’t seen Ozomatli in almost ten years!!! Please reunite me with them!

  29. Aaron May 23, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    I am marchinga round the living room while I type this banging on pots and pans and shaking maracas, chanting “O-ZO-MAT-LI” at the top of my lungs! It’s not easy to do while typing, so for that showcase of dexterity and multitasking, I should win ;0)

  30. Lily May 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    I haven’t seen these funky folks since Sea of Dreams 2010 in San Fran. Would love to experience their show again soon!

  31. R.c. May 23, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    En la vida dos cosas ciertas son la muerta y el cambio.

  32. Steve Colburn May 24, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    Time to put on our dancin’ shoes.

    Latin funk!

  33. Julie May 24, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    I love me some Ozomatli!! On my Spotify and listen to it daily at work to get me movin and shakin. Please please please let me win.

  34. Kim McClain May 24, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the weekend then to win tickets to some great music

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