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There are two distinctive elements to music on the north-west coast of Ecuador. The first lies in its West-African roots, the music being nearly the same as its original counterpart, using instruments such as the marimba (usually two marimbas are used), bombos, guasá, and conunos.
The second is the form of dance called Bambuco, which is also the name of the group we recorded in Esmeraldas wherein this dance originated.
Another popular form of Afro-Ecuadorian music comes from the Chota people located in the Chota River Valley just north of Ibarra in the Imbabura province. They incorporate other instruments such as maracas and guitars to form their unique sound.
Afro-Ecuadorian music groups