Ecuador regionsThe Andes Mountains, which cross the country from north to south, divide continental Ecuador into four distinct geographical regions:

The Andes / Sierra
The Coast / Costa
The Amazon / Oriente
The Galapagos Islands

Despite its small size, the country boasts 24 different ecological life zones - from tropical rainforest to mangrove swamps to high altitude grasslands called paramo – making Ecuador more topographically diverse than the continental U.S.

Politically and administratively, Ecuador is divided in 22 provinces: 5 in the Costa, 10 in la Sierra, 6 in the Oriente, and 1 in the Galapagos Islands.

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Ecuador music and dance

music and dance

.ecuador culture

The Music of Ecuador reflects the multiethnic and multicultural character of the country, Ecuador's Music has been influenced by African rhythms, traditional Andean music, and indigenous music from the jungle.

The term "National Music" has come to be used to indicate a large variety of musical forms. The most popular of all is considered the Pasillo, which originates from the classic Viennese waltz. It is currently part of folk culture and has a slow rhythm, poetic and sentimental texts, and melancholy melodies.

Other popular rhythms in Ecuadorian music are the Albazos, Pasacalles, Tonadas, Danzantes, Yaravies, Carnavales, San Juanito, etc. Many of them originate in rhythms that come directly from the music of the indigenous population.

There are a great many orchestras of wind instruments in almost all the cities and populations of Ecuador. They are an essential part of all fiestas, funerals, and other social events.

A group of black people very different from the rest of the Andean population inhabits the Chota River Valley of the north plains, near Colombia. The combination of African, Andean, and European cultures produced a very particular kind of music, that has become popular even outside of the region. It is called "Bomba", which is also the name of the drum that creates the rhythmic base of the music and dance.

Musica negra del norte de Esmeraldas People living in the province of Esmeraldas, located on the northern coast of the Pacific,

have retained much of their African cultura l heritage. The marimba, an essential pert of the old traditions, was imported directly from Africa.

Vocal music includes a large repertory of music for funerals, which is sung with a heavy percussion accompaniment.

Various indigenous communities inhabit the Amazonian region. These include the Quichua, Shuar, Achuar, Secoya, Siona, Huaorani, and Cofan.

Música del pueblo Cofán del Aguarico
Música del pueblo Kichwas del Pastaza
Música del pueblo Secoya del Aguarico

MandolinasInstrumentos musicales Conozca acerca de la variedad de instrumentos musicales que tienen los pueblos ecuatorianos, como por ejemplo, las cajas, guitarras, bombo, marimba, bocina, el rondador, etc. Ciertos instrumentos llegaron con la conquista española, otros son originarios de estas tierras, y algunos de origen europeo que tienen su propia versión ecuatoriana. Exponemos también los diversos materiales con los cuales se fabrican y su elaboración.

Ponemos a su disposición un Panorama de la Música Ecuatoriana que comprende la Música en la época prehispánica, en la Colonia, las primeras manifestaciones musicales mestizas de los siglos XVI al XVIII, la música en el siglo XIX y en el XX, además información sobre musicología, las primeras grabaciones discográficas y las proyecciones de la música popular mestiza.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 September 2008 10:06 )