Celebrating Ecuador’s Mestizo Culture

Alex Alvear - Equatorial
Alex Alvear – Equatorial
Alex Alvear

Equatorial (Colorao Music, 2006)

Ecuadorian guitarist celebrates the three cultures that define Ecuadorian culture. On the outstanding Equatorial, Alvear treats the ears with a feast of acoustic guitars, Andean melodies and Afro-Ecuadorian coastal rhythms, demonstrating the charm of Ecuadorian music. While he uses and respects Andean culture, Alvear also pays tribute to the lesser known Afro-Ecuadorian culture, through its beats, and he also shows his passion for the art of the guitar, which was taken to Ecuador by Spanish settlers and sailors.

Alvear invited a multinational cast of musicians, including a special appearance by the legendary Cuban clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera. Equatorial includes the delightful vocal work of Marta Gómez, whose voice and style sound remarkably similar to renowned Peruvian singer Susana Baca.

I have been here in the [United] States for twenty years,” says Alvear. “I think I have blended as much as any immigrant can blend and continue to contribute my part as a member of this society. But deep down inside there’s always been an undertone that as much as I have made a home here there is a longing for something I left behind. Ecuador is not a paradise. But it is still home, it is always with me."

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.