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Favoriting 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   Favoriting 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   Favoriting Who (Ngubani)?  Decca  1969    0:04:45 (Pop-up)
Jonas Gwangwa  Kgomo (Wedding Song)   Favoriting Flowers Of The Nation  Sony  2010    0:06:57 (Pop-up)
Los Wembler's de Iquitos  Sonido Amazónico   Favoriting La Danza del Petrolero        0:18:30 (Pop-up)
Los Wembler's de Iquitos  La Danza del Petrolero   Favoriting Various Artists: The Roots of Chicha 2  Barbès Records      0:20:37 (Pop-up)
Los Wembler's de Iquitos  Lamento del Yacuruna   Favoriting Various Artists: The Roots of Chicha 2  Barbès Records      0:23:22 (Pop-up)
Los Wembler's de Iquitos  Bola Bola en el Tres   Favoriting Various Artists: The Rough Guide To Psychedelic Cumbia  World Music Network      0:26:19 (Pop-up)
Los Wembler's de Iquitos  Ikarame   Favoriting Ikarame  Barbès Records      0:28:11 (Pop-up)
Los Wembler's de Iquitos  Los Wembler's Para el Mundo   Favoriting Visión del Ayahuasca  Barbès Records      0:31:50 (Pop-up)
Las Hermanas Caronni Feat Minino Garay & Moussa Koita  Santa Plástica   Favoriting Santa Plástica  Les Grands Fleuves    Sisters from Argentina, based in France  0:39:57 (Pop-up)
Las Ketchup  Un De Vez En Cuando   Favoriting Hijas del Tomate      Spain - sisters Lucía, Lola, and Pilar Muñoz, later joined by fourth sister Rocío  0:42:45 (Pop-up)
Los Chichos  Soberana   Favoriting 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   Favoriting 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   Favoriting 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   Favoriting 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   Favoriting 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   Favoriting 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   Favoriting Single  Melodica    Kenyan duo singing in Kikuyu language  1:12:56 (Pop-up)
Lijadu Sisters  Not Any Longer   Favoriting Horizon Unlimited  Shanachie    Nigerian singing sisters  1:16:27 (Pop-up)
Tagoe Sisters  Nyame Ye Kese   Favoriting 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   Favoriting 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   Favoriting 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   Favoriting 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   Favoriting 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   Favoriting Ođđa Áigodat  Bafe's Factory    Sami singers from Finland - Ulla Pirttijärvi and daughter Hildá Länsman  1:51:39 (Pop-up)
Alaev Family  Sarsari   Favoriting The Alaev Family and Tamir Muskat      Bukharian Jewish, Tajikistan roots, moved to Israel in 90s  1:55:30 (Pop-up)
Stalti Family  Wolf Dance   Favoriting 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   Favoriting Marcel Cellier Présente L'Albanie Folklorique  Disques Cellier  1979    2:06:38 (Pop-up)
Famille Lela de Përmet  Kaba C'u Keput Njekembemali   Favoriting Polyphonies Vocales Et Instrumentales d'Albanie  Network Medien      2:09:23 (Pop-up)
Ramadan, Celin and Zija Brajrami  Oro Ibraim odza   Favoriting 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   Favoriting 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   Favoriting Zagrojcie Dudzicki      Family of musicians originating from Biały Dunajec village near Zakopane, Poland  2:18:01 (Pop-up)
Montanaro Duo  Tovább   Favoriting Miquéu & Baltazar      Global-rootsy father and son  2:22:17 (Pop-up)
Rosen Sisters  Psarapoula   Favoriting 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   Favoriting Various Artists: Tribu Italiche - Lombardia        2:31:57 (Pop-up)
The Watersons  The North Country Maid   Favoriting The Watersons - Early Days  Topic      2:33:06 (Pop-up)
Yoshida Brothers  Ajigasawa Jinku   Favoriting Hishou        2:35:47 (Pop-up)
Guo Brothers  First Train Through The Village   Favoriting Our Homeland  Bamboo Mountain    UK-based multi-instrumentalists  2:39:00 (Pop-up)
Zhou Family Band  100 Birds Saluting the Phoenix   Favoriting 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   Favoriting Various Artists: Louisiana Cajun French Music, Volume One  Rounder  2010    2:47:50 (Pop-up)
The Wild Irish Roses  Jenny Nettles   Favoriting Full Bloom        2:51:38 (Pop-up)
The Wild Irish Roses  Fox on the Run   Favoriting Full Bloom        2:53:52 (Pop-up)
The Deighton Family  I Can See Clearly Now   Favoriting Rolling Home  Rounder      2:59:12 (Pop-up)

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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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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

Greets all! Glad I made it here early for the trip to Paradise on this blustery day...waiting for a wine delivery...
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Mister Dobalina:

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

G'day Rob & Transpac Pack!
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Bas NL:

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

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

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

Greeting Rob and global citizens of the comment board!
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Rob W:

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

G'day chresti! 🖖
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Hola everyone!

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

G'day Scott'67!\\//
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Mister Dobalina:

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

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

yes -- TOO much sad news -- thank you, Rob, for these tributes
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Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:32pm

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

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

G'day slugluv!
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hi chresti! Scott67! \\//
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:36pm

Vampiro is a quesadilla + cauliflower.
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Avatar 🎸 6:38pm

@chresti -- ahh i was going to ask! (though Vampiro was a cocktail) yes YUM!

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

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

G'day Andres! From the sleepless Southern Hemisphere. 😎
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oh yes, of course -- LLORANDO
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Ken From Hyde Park:

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

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

G'day Ken!
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Easter Island!
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Evenin’ Rob! Wonderful tunes tonite, hooray for family bands
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Ken From Hyde Park:

Hi, Scott. The Knave is broadcasting from Melbourne on the Drummer stream next door.
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Rick from SC:

Hi Rob. This is groovy
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Rob W:

Thanks Megaroni and Rick and everyone!
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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

Cheers Ken! 😎
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Mister Dobalina:

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

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

*in SoCal.

really lovin' this tune
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Handy Haversack:

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

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

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

G'day Handy! Sending sunshine from Oz ! 😎☀️ Sitting out back in jeans, T-shirt & bare feet. 👣🐾
A mild 26c.
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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

Mister.D, dunno how you Candians do it! Beautiful country, but that is lethal cold!
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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.

Wusup Rob, everyone

Barba Yiorgi:

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

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

Arrrrrgh, no Golden Fest. Next year!

Hey, Barba Yiorgi!
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Ho Handy.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:32pm
Handy Haversack:

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

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.
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Franco Twinkie:

Hi guys and gals.
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Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks for the family fun night, Rob. Stay warm!
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Rob W:

Thanks Ken - I'm wearing plenty of layers - and everyone, stay warm and well!
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I'm warm inside the cassette castle here. I went out for a walk in the cold. Refreshed and ready to groove. | Hola Franco.
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Bas NL:

Light frost here too.
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A lively salutation there, 100 birds!
Barba Yiorgi:

Holy crap, that station ID was a David Brinkley impression! Is anyone else old enough to recognize that?
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Handy Haversack:

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

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

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!
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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!
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Bas NL:

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

Fox is on the run!
a polished polish lady:

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!
Barba Yiorgi:

Great show as always Rob!
Avatar 8:55pm

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


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

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

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

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

Deighton Family! still one of my favorite Cds :)
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