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KBBF RadioLand By Serena Makofsky
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The Legend of El Charro
Speaking of Palestine
& Cena Oaxaca

Jan 28, 2019


The Legend of El Charro

Charro De Negro costume at a day of the dead celebration. Photo: davidpuma / Free Use 2.0The last edition of RadioLand introduced readers to Julio Lucas’ Tuesday evening program,“Invítame a Tu Tierra". This month, the focus is on one of the legends Lucas has recounted on-air. It concerns El Charro en Negro. This is a thin man who appears on the back of a glossy black horse, promising or offering riches, but at a cost. In Lucas’ version of the tale, El Charro arrives to a man who is alone at night in the town center, in front of the church. As is always the case, he promises this man riches if the man can gather together musicians and they all perform at a party that night. The man complies with this request, as well as the demand that the entire band remain blindfolded as they go on their journey and play music for the party guests. The party rages all night and the musicians perform until their fingers and mouths are sore and bleeding. Still blindfolded, they feel gold coins showering down upon them. However, when they reach to pick them up, the musicians are instantly transported back to the churchyard in the town center, empty-handed. Lucas explains, “It had been a vision, a plane between the worlds, nada más.”

Speaking of Palestine

“Speaking of Palestine” airs on February 4th from 4pm to 5pm. The discussion will be about Israeli military detention of Palestinian children, with a special guest from Defense of Children International Palestine. To access past programs, consult the website Previous shows include  Palestine Legal,  Canary Mission, Christian Zionism, and Culture and Gaza.

Cena Oaxaca

Chicken Red MoleMovimiento Cultural de la Unión Indígena (MCUI) and KBBF invite listeners toCena Oaxaca. The second annual event is on February 9th, beginning at 4:30pm. Proceeds from the full-course Oaxacan mole dinner, indigenous art sale, live auction, and silent auction benefit MCUI’s Indigenous Student Scholarship Program and the organization’s indigenous cultural event. Tickets cost $75 if purchased in advance, or $95 at the door. A six-person table can be reserved for $400. There are added incentives for corporate or business table reservations. The festivities will take place at the station’s property, 1700 Corby Avenue, in Santa Rosa. For more information, consult MUCI’s website at or go to the group’s Facebook page.

Support KBBF

Bilingual community radio is a worthy cause. Join in the movement by supporting KBBF with a one-time or ongoing donation. Both options are available at the website. ¡Muchas gracias! 


KBBF RadioLand By Serena Makofsky



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