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Friday, May 14, 2010

La Lección De Hoy: Ozomatli at SLLIS school, May 14, 2010

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How come you never see this at grown-up shows? - JASON TOON
  • Jason Toon
  • How come you never see this at grown-up shows?

Musicians aren't typically awake at 9:30 AM, much less rocking out for a bunch of screaming kids. Ozomatli handled it like the veteran music-appreciation teachers they are (they've run numerous workshops and played countless schools around the world). They threw some St. Louis shout-outs into their crunchy guitar-funk hymn to their hometown, "City of Angels." They exhorted the kids to dance like chickens with the loping cumbia "La Gallina." They took questions from the kids (best one: "How many teeth have you lost?"). And even though the instruments were already put away, when the kids chanted the primary-school equivalent of "encore" - "Play another song! Play another song!" - they gathered around the mics for an a capella singalong en Español.

My daughter's language immersion experience has been enormously rewarding: she's learned more Spanish in kindergarten than I did in six years of Spanish classes. But rarely has it been such uproarious fun. If the adults at the Duck Room enjoy themselves half as much as the kids of SLLIS, it'll be the show of the year.

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