Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Annual WMUA Fund Drive This Coming Week...Please Support!!!

Seriously folks, you think the University pays for it all? They could do A LOT more. They even charge WMUA rent!!!

I have some CDs I put together for those who donate, as a thank you. Here's what will be available for your generous contribution:

Rumba Psicodelica! 2009... It will include songs that we play at our Rumba nights, from afro-funk to cumbia to bugalĂș to latin psych and garage to rumbas. Some of who you'll hear on this include Harvey Averne's Barrio Band, Batata y su Rumba Palenquera, Bronx River Parkway, Chocolate Armenteros, Cedric "Im" Brooks, Ray & his Court, Sofrito and more! Many of these have never appeared on a commercial CD.

A new edition of the annual cover songs CD...that is--popular songs versioned in interesting ways. You will hear Trouble Funk doing Kraftwerk, Maceo Parker doing Sly Stone, Phil Upchurch doing Hendrix, John Tchicai doing Fela, Harry Roche Constellation doing the Who...and so many more!

Fever volume 3...another popular one every season! Hard 70s funk from the African motherland, this time we'll have the likes of Ikenga Superstars, Ofege, Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo, Orlando Julius and more from all over the continent.

Andujar's favorite 2009 tracks...this will include the likes of Brownout, Ocote Soul Sounds, Dengue Fever, Kokolo, Quantic, Nomo, the Heliocentrics, Omar Souleyman and many other favorites.

And Sounds from the Country of Texas (co-compiled with DJ Bongohead)...this was inspired by our Tejas program we did back in the summer. Everything from tejano funk to cumbia to psych rock to hiphop to blues...and even a little country swing!
These will all be double CDs.

And we will also have available again the ever-popular News Flash from Lee Scratch Perry Underground Radio Station, a single disk of amazing and diverse recordings from Perry's Black Ark Studio 76-78.

The double disks will be yours for a $25 donation, the single disk Perry jam for a $15 donation. All eleven disks can be yours for a $100 contribution! These disks are not available anywhere else, as I have made them specifically for this fund raising event. In addition, there will be various other WMUA-related items available, such as concert tickets, coffee mugs, shirts, hoodies, etc. Your donations are tax-deductable and much needed and appreciated.

Listen to my clandestino radio program this coming Monday 10/26 230-430pm (ET) and call 413-577-300 during the show to pledge your support. I will also have Ocote Soul Sounds in the studio with me.

61st Annual Fund Drive

Once a year, WMUA invites listeners to contribute to their favorite show during our broadcast of public affairs, UMass Sports and a variety of great music. The drive begins with the traditional 14-hour Polkathon blowout on Saturday, Oct 24th (beginning at 6:00am). This year’s goal is to raise $35,000 during the week.

WMUA, licensed to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is a student and community radio station, in continuous operation on campus for 61 years! WMUA employs 15 student department directors and relies on approximately 75 volunteers to produce programming and support the administrative effort. We broadcast 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to an audience within 25 miles of Amherst, as well as over the Internet via our live stream and podcasts. WMUA is one of the largest student organizations on campus, with an annual budget in excess of $100,000. Around $50,000 generated through individual donations, business underwriting and other fundraising.

All (tax-deductible) pledges of support will be thanked with t-shirts, concert tickets, CD’s and other gifts.

The special Fund Drive phone number is 413-577-3000.

Contact: Yoni Glaser,, 413-545-2876

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