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Options January 30, 2021:
Los Wembler's de Iquitos Tribute + More Family Bands


Los Wembler’s are a band from Iquitos in the Amazon region of Peru, the world's largest isolated city (only reachable by boat). The band was founded by Solomon Sanchez with his sons in the early 1970s. Los Wembler's helped establish a style of music called chicha - kind of a surf and psych guitar driven mix of cumbia and other rhythms popular in their region. They recorded many albums during that decade, and two of their songs became popular throughout Peru - although the hit were versions recorded by another band, Los Mirlos, who were based in the more media-accessible capital, Lima.





In recent years Los Wembler's have had a revival thanks in large part to the work of our friend Olivier Conan of legendary Brooklyn bar / venue (and sister record label and artist management companies) Barbés. Olivier had spurred a revival of interest in the chicha genre (see his highly influential compilations Roots of Chicha 1 and 2 and his band Chicha Libre) and convinced the band to re-launch its career. Father Solomon had died many years ago, but five brothers were still around to form the core unit that started touring and recording. Until, sadly, three lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic, most recently Elmer Alberto Sanchez who passed away just this week. We pay tribute to the band with a set of old and new songs and we'll follow up with a more abstract tribute - a show full of music by family bands from around the world.

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Approx. start time
Hugh Masekela with Caiphus Semenya and Jonas Gwangwa  Shebeen   Options The Union of South Africa  Chisa  1971  Legendary Trombonist and Anti-Apartheid Activist Jonas Gwangwa passed away on Jan 23. Hear a much more thorough and in depth tribute on the final hour of Doug Schulkind's "Give the Drummer Some" Friday Jan 29 show on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio stream.  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Jonas Gwangwa  Afradellic   Options Who (Ngubani)?  Decca  1969    0:04:45 (Pop‑up)
Jonas Gwangwa  Kgomo (Wedding Song)   Options Flowers Of The Nation  Sony  2010    0:06:57 (Pop‑up)
Los Wembler's de Iquitos  Sonido Amazónico   Options La Danza del Petrolero        0:18:30 (Pop‑up)
Los Wembler's de Iquitos  La Danza del Petrolero   Options Various Artists: The Roots of Chicha 2  Barbès Records      0:20:37 (Pop‑up)
Los Wembler's de Iquitos  Lamento del Yacuruna   Options Various Artists: The Roots of Chicha 2  Barbès Records      0:23:22 (Pop‑up)
Los Wembler's de Iquitos  Bola Bola en el Tres   Options Various Artists: The Rough Guide To Psychedelic Cumbia  World Music Network      0:26:19 (Pop‑up)
Los Wembler's de Iquitos  Ikarame   Options Ikarame  Barbès Records      0:28:11 (Pop‑up)
Los Wembler's de Iquitos  Los Wembler's Para el Mundo   Options Visión del Ayahuasca  Barbès Records      0:31:50 (Pop‑up)
Las Hermanas Caronni Feat Minino Garay & Moussa Koita  Santa Plástica   Options Santa Plástica  Les Grands Fleuves    Sisters from Argentina, based in France  0:39:57 (Pop‑up)
Las Ketchup  Un De Vez En Cuando   Options Hijas del Tomate      Spain - sisters Lucía, Lola, and Pilar Muñoz, later joined by fourth sister Rocío  0:42:45 (Pop‑up)
Los Chichos  Soberana   Options Ni Más ni Menos      Juan Antonio Jiménez Muñoz (Jero), composer / lead vocalist w/ brothers Emilio and Julio González Gabarre - Gitano Rumba Pop from Spain  0:46:10 (Pop‑up)
Les Frères Déjean  Joyeuses Vacances   Options Pa Gain Panne    1975  From Haiti - formed in 1963 by Lyonel Déjean, with brothers and extended family at core of band  0:48:19 (Pop‑up)
Las Hijas Del Sol  Ri'oko   Options Kottó  Nubenegra  1997  Apo Piruchi and her niece Paloma Botupá Loribo Apo, both originating from the island of Bioko, Ecuatorial Guinea. I think this song is mostly in the Bubi language (they also sing in Spanish).  0:52:27 (Pop‑up)
Joan Soriano  Cuánto Lloré   Options La Familia Soriano  iASO Records    Back-to-the-roots bachata singer from Domican Republic with musical family members  1:01:08 (Pop‑up)
La Familia Valera Miranda  Tuna, Mayari, Guantanamo   Options Cuba: La Familia Valera Miranda  Ocora    A family whose origins are in Oriente, birthplace of the Cuban son  1:05:52 (Pop‑up)
Julio A., Hotu S. Et Sa Famille  Mai Hiva Te Poki   Options Chants de L'ile De Pâques  Buda Musique    Family string band from Easter Island  1:10:48 (Pop‑up)
Bernard Gitahi & His Sister  Muiritu Ukomaga Kwa Mburi   Options Single  Melodica    Kenyan duo singing in Kikuyu language  1:12:56 (Pop‑up)
Lijadu Sisters  Not Any Longer   Options Horizon Unlimited  Shanachie    Nigerian singing sisters  1:16:27 (Pop‑up)
Tagoe Sisters  Nyame Ye Kese   Options Nyame Ye Kese      Gospel-singing twin sisters Lydia Dedei Yawson Nee Tagoe and Elizabeth Korkoi Tagoe from Ghana, based in London  1:20:45 (Pop‑up)
A-WA  Shama'a   Options Bayti Fi Rasi (My Home is in My Head)      Three singing sisters, from Israel, Yemeni Jewish roots  1:29:30 (Pop‑up)
Groupe Idriss Lallmahomed et Freres  Damadam Mast Kalandar   Options Various Artists: Voyage Musical - Réunion-Rodrigues-Maurice  Auvidis Ethnic ‎    Sufi qawwali group based in Ile de Maurice  1:35:39 (Pop‑up)
Sabri Brothers  Az Hoosné Malihe Khud   Options Various Artists: Rough Guide to Sufi Music  World Music Network    First qawwali band to tour US (before Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) - played Carnegie Hall in 1975  1:41:23 (Pop‑up)
Lata Mangeshkar, Meena Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar, Hridaynath Mangeshkar  Sagara Pran Talmalala   Options The Phenomenal Mangeshkars - Swar Sumananjali  Odeon    The siblings (without their other singing sister Asha Bhosle) recorded a tribute album on the 25th anniversary of the death of their father, Deenanath Mangeshkar, who was famous as a stage actor and singer in the first half of the 20th Century in India  1:47:08 (Pop‑up)
Solju  Beaivi, áhčči   Options Ođđa Áigodat  Bafe's Factory    Sami singers from Finland - Ulla Pirttijärvi and daughter Hildá Länsman  1:51:39 (Pop‑up)
Alaev Family  Sarsari   Options The Alaev Family and Tamir Muskat      Bukharian Jewish, Tajikistan roots, moved to Israel in 90s  1:55:30 (Pop‑up)
Stalti Family  Wolf Dance   Options Livonian Songs      Livonia = a historic region, on eastern shores of the Baltic sea - parts of current Latvia and Estonia  2:04:56 (Pop‑up)
Mastora Family Band  Pastoral Melody   Options Marcel Cellier Présente L'Albanie Folklorique  Disques Cellier  1979    2:06:38 (Pop‑up)
Famille Lela de Përmet  Kaba C'u Keput Njekembemali   Options Polyphonies Vocales Et Instrumentales d'Albanie  Network Medien      2:09:23 (Pop‑up)
Ramadan, Celin and Zija Brajrami  Oro Ibraim odza   Options Various Artists - Zurli Trestat Tapan Cuka  Radio-Televizija Beograd    From Debar, Macedonia - double-reed - zurla, and tapan percussion  2:12:16 (Pop‑up)
Kapela Maliszów  Drewniana Mańka   Options Wiejski Dżez  Unzipped Fly    Dad, son and daughter from rural Męcina Mała, southern Poland  2:15:30 (Pop‑up)
Trebunie Tutki  Bodej Byś Sie Chłopce   Options Zagrojcie Dudzicki      Family of musicians originating from Biały Dunajec village near Zakopane, Poland  2:18:01 (Pop‑up)
Montanaro Duo  Tovább   Options Miquéu & Baltazar      Global-rootsy father and son  2:22:17 (Pop‑up)
Rosen Sisters  Psarapoula   Options Rosen Sisters Live at the Golden Festival Atrium Stage, Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn, January 14 2012 (recorded by WFMU)        2:25:13 (Pop‑up)
Zani, famiglia  Piamontesi   Options Various Artists: Tribu Italiche - Lombardia        2:31:57 (Pop‑up)
The Watersons  The North Country Maid   Options The Watersons - Early Days  Topic      2:33:06 (Pop‑up)
Yoshida Brothers  Ajigasawa Jinku   Options Hishou        2:35:47 (Pop‑up)
Guo Brothers  First Train Through The Village   Options Our Homeland  Bamboo Mountain    UK-based multi-instrumentalists  2:39:00 (Pop‑up)
Zhou Family Band  100 Birds Saluting the Phoenix   Options Live on WFMU, February 1, 2020 (Mixed by Mike Cohen)      For generations, the Zhou Family, from Lingbi, Anhui Province, Eastern China, has played boisterous, exuberant - yet remarkably precise - horn-and-percussion music called Bolin Laba. It's music for weddings, funerals and everything in between.  2:40:51 (Pop‑up)
Balfa Freres  Valse des Platains   Options Various Artists: Louisiana Cajun French Music, Volume One  Rounder  2010    2:47:50 (Pop‑up)
The Wild Irish Roses  Jenny Nettles   Options Full Bloom        2:51:38 (Pop‑up)
The Wild Irish Roses  Fox on the Run   Options Full Bloom        2:53:52 (Pop‑up)
The Deighton Family  I Can See Clearly Now   Options Rolling Home  Rounder      2:59:12 (Pop‑up)

WFMU and WFMU's Transpacific Sound Paradise denounce explicit and implicit racism; condemn the culture of white supremacy, which enables the brutalization of black people and other communities of color, and support Black Lives Matter and the movement it stands for.

Here's a link to WFMU's Public Service page with links and info for / related to racial justice issues, coronavirus testing, food and economic assistance, musician aid, voting rights organizations and lots more: https://wfmu.org/psa/.

Also: BRIC has an extensive and regularly updated pandemic crisis resource list on its website with artists, performers etc. in mind but relevant for everyone. See it here: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/blog/resources-artists-during-public-health-crisis.

For a list, with links, of organizations supporting the rights of immigrants and refugees. click here.

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Check out the Transpacific Sound Paradise World Covers YouTube Playlist at http://tiny.cc/youtube-worldcovers.

Here's a video from our World Covers YouTube playlist:



I have a few other world musicky YouTube playlists under construction including an intriguing "World Music 70s" playlist - you can see them all and subscribe at: http://tiny.cc/wfmu-tsp-youtube.

Also check out our all-time African popular music faves Spotify playlist at: http://tiny.cc/wfmu-tsp-african-faves

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:01pm Threemoons:

Greets all! Glad I made it here early for the trip to Paradise on this blustery day...waiting for a wine delivery...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:01pm Mister Dobalina:

One of my fav shows on the FMU schedule!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:01pm Scott67:

G'day Rob & Transpac Pack!
😎✌❤🌏
Avatar 6:03pm Bas NL:

Hello Rob! Globetrotters!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:04pm Scott67:

Got me grinning already Rob!!
😎🤙
Avatar 6:05pm slugluv1313:

good evening, Rob (and Katie and kitties!), Skeletons, Paradisians!
oh wow -- IQUITOS! CHICHA! YES!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm chresti:

Hi Rob and sound paradise!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm radioronan:

Greeting Rob and global citizens of the comment board!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm Rob W:

Good evening everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:12pm Scott67:

G'day chresti! 🖖
Avatar 6:15pm litmus0001:

Hola everyone!
  6:20pm headcleaner:

heartbreaking news, rob - but thanks for passing it on
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:20pm chresti:

G'day Scott'67!\\//
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:20pm Mister Dobalina:

Liking these smooth cumbia sounds!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:23pm chresti:

Me too, Mister Dobalina!
Avatar 6:31pm slugluv1313:

yes -- TOO much sad news -- thank you, Rob, for these tributes
Avatar 6:31pm TDK60:

Helloo.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:32pm Scott67:

G'day TDK!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:32pm chresti:

Perfect with the vampiro I'm about to eat.
TDK60 and slugluv!\\ //
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:32pm Scott67:

G'day slugluv!
Avatar 6:36pm slugluv1313:

hi chresti! Scott67! \\//
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:36pm chresti:

Vampiro is a quesadilla + cauliflower.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:36pm Scott67:

Yum!!!
Avatar 6:38pm slugluv1313:

@chresti -- ahh i was going to ask! (though Vampiro was a cocktail) yes YUM!
  6:48pm Andres:

Hey Rob and all! Elbows deep in the kitchen here. Chiming in to say Thank You for that Los Wemblers tribute set! SO GREAT!!!
Avatar 6:48pm slugluv1313:

Las Ketchup! <3 <3 <3
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:49pm Scott67:

G'day Andres! From the sleepless Southern Hemisphere. 😎
Avatar 7:04pm slugluv1313:

BACHATAAAAAAAAAA
oh yes, of course -- LLORANDO
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:07pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Good evening, Rob and the transpacific sound pair o' dice!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:08pm Scott67:

Rob, loving your show! A perfect soundtrack to my laidback sunny Sunday morning here. 😎🤙☀️
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:12pm Scott67:

G'day Ken!
Avatar 7:13pm TDK60:

Easter Island!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:14pm Scott67:

🗿🗿
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:15pm Megaroni:

Evenin’ Rob! Wonderful tunes tonite, hooray for family bands
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:15pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hi, Scott. The Knave is broadcasting from Melbourne on the Drummer stream next door.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:19pm Rick from SC:

Hi Rob. This is groovy
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:20pm Rob W:

Thanks Megaroni and Rick and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:32pm Handy Haversack:

Hello and fond greetings, Rob and border spanners!

We met friends to hang out with them outside. HOLY CRAP is it cold. I had on two pairs of socks, and it wasn't nearly enough. Never get off of the boat!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:32pm Scott67:

Cheers Ken! 😎
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:40pm Mister Dobalina:

It's -29º in north west Canada. Hopefully that warms peoples bones up a bit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:44pm chresti:

It's 63F here.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:45pm chresti:

*in SoCal.
  7:45pm Marie:

really lovin' this tune
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:45pm Handy Haversack:

At -40 F and C meet, which just seems like a bad idea.

Hi, chresti!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:48pm chresti:

Hi Handy! Hope you are warm now, sheesh! And brrrrr!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:58pm Scott67:

G'day Handy! Sending sunshine from Oz ! 😎☀️ Sitting out back in jeans, T-shirt & bare feet. 👣🐾
A mild 26c.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:59pm Handy Haversack:

Almost thawed, chresti, thanks!

Very nice, Scott! Tell Peter Garrett to stay on the damn case!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:00pm Scott67:

Mister.D, dunno how you Candians do it! Beautiful country, but that is lethal cold!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:02pm Mister Dobalina:

@67....I don't know either, I'm from the equator and to think that people live near the arctic circle is above & beyond me.
  8:04pm upstatesean:

Wusup Rob, everyone
  8:17pm Marie:

Beautiful!
  8:27pm Barba Yiorgi:

This Rosen Sisters fiddle song is a Greek island folk song that antboidy whoi grew up in a Greek home would know,
  8:28pm Barba Yiorgi:

"The Fishing Boat', Psaropoula
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:28pm Handy Haversack:

Arrrrrgh, no Golden Fest. Next year!

Hey, Barba Yiorgi!
Avatar 8:30pm TDK60:

Ho Handy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:32pm Handy Haversack:

\\ //, TDK60!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:33pm McGroovey:

I grew up on the southeast shore of Lake Ontario. The cold Canadian wind blows across the (not frozen, so ~33⁰) lake and warms up (GOOD!) but picks up moisture (SNOW! LOTS!).

"Warms up" means the temperature of the air goes from say -10⁰c to say -5⁰f. Yes, the lake also causes demetrication. Demetrickization. Something.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:33pm Franco Twinkie:

Hi guys and gals.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:38pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks for the family fun night, Rob. Stay warm!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:41pm Rob W:

Thanks Ken - I'm wearing plenty of layers - and everyone, stay warm and well!
Avatar 8:42pm TDK60:

I'm warm inside the cassette castle here. I went out for a walk in the cold. Refreshed and ready to groove. | Hola Franco.
Avatar 8:45pm Bas NL:

Light frost here too.
Avatar 8:45pm TDK60:

A lively salutation there, 100 birds!
  8:49pm Barba Yiorgi:

Holy crap, that station ID was a David Brinkley impression! Is anyone else old enough to recognize that?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:50pm Handy Haversack:

Jeez, everything is at its breaking point: voices, fiddles, hearts.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:50pm G:

Knew it was Cajun immediately. Dewey Balfa was super big in bringing Cajun music forward, back in the third quarter of the 1900s..
  8:51pm Andres:

Thank you, Rob, for the musical company while working the stove, supping with the family at the kitchen table, and through the tidying. A beaut of a show tonight!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:52pm Rob W:

Sure thing Andres, thanks G for your insight and everyone for joining us!
Avatar 8:53pm TDK60:

W.I.R.!
  8:53pm Dave Miss:

Love the triangle as essential in Cajun music. It makes me want to go redfishing again.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:53pm Handy Haversack:

Hello, New Paltz(-ish)!

Thanks, Rob. Fantabulous show. Very happy to have been here.

Spanners of borders, transgressors of nations, flaunters of rules: be well, friends!
Avatar 8:53pm Bas NL:

Great show again Rob!! Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:54pm Handy Haversack:

Fox is on the run!
  8:55pm a polished polish lady:

☺︎♡
  8:55pm Dave Miss:

Franco what’s for dinner? I made a version of Bill Blass’ meatloaf from the New York cookbook. Lil tiny fingerling potatoes and Lolo!
  8:55pm Barba Yiorgi:

Great show as always Rob!
Avatar 8:55pm TDK60:

Thanks Rob, g'night.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57pm Handy Haversack:

OH MY GOSH HAPPY SONG!!!

Where's Jason with the hearts?!
Avatar 8:57pm slugluv1313:

wonderful show, Rob -- thanks so much!
take care, everyone and YES! stay warm!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm chresti:

Thanks Rob and families!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm radioronan:

Thank you Rob! Thanks you skeletons.. be warm & stay kind!
Avatar 9:02pm slugluv1313:

Deighton Family! still one of my favorite Cds :)
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