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Say Brother
Excursion with Tumbao, An
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Series Description

Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

Program Description

Program features an in studio performance by Tumbao, a Boston-based musical group blending Latin rhythms, jazz, and Afro-blues. Performers are David Nieves (band leader and base player), Israel Pabon (congas), Efraim Toro (random percussion), Steve Gluzband (trumpet, horn, occasional piano), and Don Byron (clarinet, piano). Program includes a fifteen minute interview with Nieves conducted by Sixto Escobar, and Say Brother's "Music Beat" (a list of noteworthy musical recordings).



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Tumbao (Musical group)
Gluzband, Steve
Hispanic American musicians
Byron, Don
Nieves, David
Toro, Efraim
Pabon, Israel
Race and Ethnicity
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Clarke, Brian (Director)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Chigas, Basil (Stage Manager)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
Koppel, Tiit (Switcher)
Rivera, George (Post Production Supervisor)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Tilkin, Richard (Assistant Cameraman)
Hugentugler, Carol (Videotape Recordist)
Fong, Diana (Intern)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Vigneaux, Steve (Audio)
Shipley, Jack (Lighting Assistant)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Escobar, Sixto (Host)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Beres, Marc (Intern)
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