Steve Mingear is a technical solutions specialist from California with a passion for folk, country, and reggae music. Ozomatli, a featured band at the 2013 South by Southwest music festival, is kind of like Steve – a little bit country, a little bit global technology, and a little bit rock and roll.
Ozomatli was formed eighteen years ago by a band of brothers from L.A who were interested in labor protests, community organizing, and fund raisers for children and the less-fortunate. The group quickly became a voice and bright beam of light for their city. Their mashups of reggae, salsa, rock, and hip-hop, as well as their multi linguistic appeal, made them a favorite of Los Angeles residents right away, who wanted a band who could play music as multicultural as they were. Ozomatli also drew the attention of the USA’s Department of State, who asked them to travel the world as American ambassadors of culture. The group has travelled to Mongolia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Nepal, and even a Palestinian refugee camp to play their unmistakable blend of world tunes. Their mantra about their music? “It will take you around the world by taking you around L.A.”
Steve Mingear is a long time musician from southern California who also travels the globe in his spare time. Music like Ozomatli’s appeals to him because of its undertones from countries like Africa, Asia, and South America, but it’s the surface appeal of L.A.-grown hip-hop and rock that really draws him in. This truly global music is played in a way that everyone can enjoy, and the band’s members bring an enthusiasm to the stage that gets them noticed wherever they play.
Ozomatli has recorded songs for feature films, L.A. sports teams, TV shows, and video games. They have been playing at South by Southwest music festivals for years, and have even given a TEDx talk on the future of musical identities in the global age. The group is committed to social justice issues and progressive anti-war politics. Their appearance at SXSW 2013 adds to the festival’s already indie, innovative feel. The band will play several sets at the festival, and posted on their website that they expect to be so amped up and busy during their few days in Austin that they may not get any sleep. They play from 11:30 a.m. on the 16th until the early hours of morning on the 17th.
Steve Mingear is an IT specialist from southern California with a passion for writing and recording his own music in his spare time. In his world travels, he hikes and motorcycles across national parks, goes camping, and sails when there’s a breeze.