LOS WEMBLER'S de Iquitos (Peru)

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Los legendarios y auténticos creadores de la chicha peruana y de la cumbia amazónica vuelven al escenario !

Los Wembler's es la banda legendaria de Iquitos, la capital amazónica en Perú. Los cinco hermanos Sánchez componiendo la banda son los pioneros de la cumbia amazónica. Ellos tocaron un papel esencial en el movimiento chicha en Perú en los años 1970. La banda ha escrito y grabado los temas clásicos como "Sonido Amazonico" y "La Danza del petrolero", canciones mundialmente reconocidas desde hace más de 20 años. Varias bandas hicieron covers de estos temas tan famosos, nada menos que Los Mirlos, Chicha libre, Firewater y DJ de los más reconocidos de la escena electropical. Estos temas se encuentran también en los famosos recopilatorios de "Roots of chicha". Los Wembler's nunca pararon de tocar. Sus conciertos fueron muy exitosos en Perú en los años chicha. Pero es solamente estos últimos años que hubo un nuevo interés en Europa para su música, gracias a la iniciativa de unos productores, programadores y DJ. Hoy día, los Wemblers cruzan fronteras llegando a los escenarios europeos. Los Wembler's estrenarán un nuevo EP en 2017 con barbes records y promete unos espectaculares conciertos tan ricos como originalmente. ---

Their shows were a tremendous success. The brothers are still faithful to their original sound and haven’t lost a bit of their passion and creative spirit. All their shows were raucous affairs – part latin dance parties and part psychedelic rock extravaganza.

In 1968, in Iquitos, the capital of the Peruvian Amazon, a certain Solomon Sanchez decided to form a band that would play an electric version of the music popular in the Amazon at the time - pandilla, carimbó, and of course, cumbia. Solomon enlisted his five sons and named the band Los Wembler’s. Using electric instruments came with a certain Anglo exoticism and in the middle of the Amazon, the name Los Wembler’s sounded exotic enough. It still does. Los Wembler’s were started the same year as Los Destellos and Juaneco y su Combo, two other Peruvian cumbia pioneers who laid the foundation for what would become known as chicha.

Iquitos is the largest isolated city in the world. It boasts five hundred thousand inhabitants, but its closest road is six days away by boat. Still, the city has been the scene of a few invasions, among them the rubber boom of the turn of the 20th century and the oil boom of the 1960’s. Despite its geographical isolation, Iquitos has always been open to the outside world – for better or for worse.

The Sanchez clan got its inspiration from AM radio broadcasts which would play music from Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela, as well as America. All those influences found their ways into their music. Iquitos had always had a reputation as a party town and the new Petroleros needed to spend their petro-dollars. Los Wembler’s reputation grew quickly and they found themselves touring around the Amazon region, spreading their sound. Los Wembler’s penned two of the early hits of the genre – Sonido Amazonico, which has become the unofficial anthem of Amazonian Cumbia, and La Danza del Petrolero. Both tunes were made famous by Los Mirlos, a band that took many of its clues from Los Wembler’s but being based in Lima, had much easier access to tastemakers and audiences and became the better known of the Amazonian bands.

From 1973 to 1979, Los Wembler’s recorded two to three albums a year but by the late 1970’s, the band started slowing down. Their rootsy psychedelic style was getting outdated as younger bands started using more synthesizers and processed guitar sounds. After Solomon died, the Sanchez brothers mostly stopped touring and recording – but they were still popular at local functions and parties.

In the past few years, there has been a regain of interest in their music and the band performed in Lima after a twenty-five year absence from the national scene. And now, Los Wembler’s are bringing their Amazonian funk to the US and Europe.

un nuevo EP en 2017 con barbes records.



6 musicians (8 people on the road)