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Land of winds > Music > Novelties | Issue 03. Jan.-Feb.2011
By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

Included in this issue the reader will find three Ecuadorian groups which have developed their professional careers abroad. In their search of new sounds, they have tried out different musical ways and captured their findings on several albums. Despite having apparently been away from Andean tradition, these recordings are a valuable contribution to our understanding of Andean music, for they add another piece to the colourful puzzle of Ecuadorian performers spread throughout the world.

 Charijayac Charis@virtual
1. Charis@virtual – 2. Yo aquí sin ti – 3. Jugando a ser ángel – 4. Shinlli warmis – 5. Somos el color de la tierra – 6. Siempre existirás – 7. Colores de la vida – 8. Apretadito a tu piel – 9. Punyaro tushuy – 10. Ciudades por la paz
Charijayac’s last album approaches the music of Ecuador from a totally modern perspective, unusual to this ensemble. It includes the ballads “Yo aquí sin ti” and “Somos el color de la tierra”, the rumba “Apretadito a tu piel”, or the reggae “Colores de la vida” which, in a certain way, will remind any careful listener of the classic “Tamia”. In addition, the album retains a much more traditional flavour with tracks such as “Shinlli warmis”, a sanjuanito sung in Quechua, or “Punyaro tushuy”, which resembles the track “Tushuy, caraju” on their album “Otavalo y .”.
With this work, Charijayac adds a new experience to their musical adventure, probably influenced by what their Ecuadorian colleagues also settled abroad have been trying out merging styles and trading new musical paths.
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[Video 01]

Chayag Beautiful flute
Beautiful flute
1. Cambacusa – 2. Encuentros – 3. Purimuy – 4. La vuelta del chagra – 5. El cóndor pasa – 6. Sin palabras – 7. La pulga – 8. Mashua – 9. Lunarejitu / Mallku kunturi – 10. Rumba lambada – 11. Corazón del Inka
This work is an excellent example of the sort of music that some Ecuadorian groups are creating abroad (in this particular case settled in Oregon, U.S.A.). With a ten year professional career behind them, Chayag (in Quechua, “Those arriving”) put their efforts into launching albums of music for “becoming healthy and meditating / folk / Latin”, besides selling instruments and organising educative workshops and performances. They say their sound is linked to “Andean native spiritual” music, and have embraced Web 2.0 technologies for displaying their work.
This album presents rhythms played throughout the Andes, including classics such as “El cóndor pasa”, “Purimuy” or “La vuelta del chagra”, and modern experiments like “Rumba lambada”. In general, the sound might be described as “light”, showing timid approaches to their traditional roots and putting a special emphasis on the “New Age” style from the 90s that catapulted so many Latin American bands to ephemeral fame.
At present, the group is promoting the release of their last CD, “Mystical land”.
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Turikos Siembra maíz
Siembra maíz
1. Ari yarina (videoclip) – 2. Andarele – 3. Raíces – 4. Siembra maíz – 5. Ari yarina – 6. Huahua huañuy – 7. Chuquy – 8. The house of the rising sun – 9. San Juan – 10. Gran Espíritu – 11. Alborada – 12. Camino de llamas
Turikos is another Ecuadorian band settled abroad, in Germany. Classified as “native American music”, their repertoire only contains a few tunes manufactured in traditional style (i.e. “San Juan”). The way they approach music is similar to that of many Andean ensembles settled abroad: the aroma of “New Age” pervaded by the smell of “native (northern) American cultures” (see Video 02), which sometimes includes Sioux disguise as a theme, and modern experiments (see Video 01, single “Ari yarina”) that join together Quechua singing, rock-indigenous “look” and electronic instruments (keyboard, guitar, drums).
Turikos exemplifies the search for a distinctive style undertaken by many young Andean groups of Ecuador, and sometimes it means to put economic profit before the artistic good taste and their own tradition. From this perspective, it might be worth forgoing certain conventional patterns in order to be more popular than other street bands or have a name in the music industry. However, on other occasions, this search takes them along the paths of folklore. In short, this sort of “immature” repertoire has still a long way to walk.
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[Video 01] [Video 02]
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