It was 50 years ago today that Solomon Sanchez taught his five sons to play, founding a band that became pioneers of electric Amazonian cumbia and an essential part of the chicha explosion of the 1970s. Hailing from Iquitos, the Amazonian capital of Peru and the world’s largest isolated city, the five Sanchez brothers are still playing together and, since 2017, have been bringing their vibrantly twangy sound to the rest of the world for the first time.
Their original ‘70s classic hits, ‘Sonido Amazonico’ and ‘La Danza del Petrolero’ have been covered by bands like Chicha Libre and Firewater, and remixed by DJ Electro Tropical. Meanwhile, Los Wembler’s continue playing the same way, only better. No nostalgia act, their 2019 album Vision de Ayahuasca, celebrates their 50th anniversary with all new compositions. Adelante!
Ronald Jair Sanchez Casanova - vocals
Elmer Alberto Sanchez Casanova - guitar
Gelner Misael Sanchez Casanova - percussion
Gelner Misael Sanchez Elaluff - congas
Bonar Jair Sanchez Leon - second guitar
Danger Runer Sanchez Alvarado - bass guitar