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The first step into new music from Quito

June 21, 2017

Welcome to Quito! We're happy to have you!

 

(And if you're not in Quito, let this be an important step in your trip preparation to come down here :) )

 

Part of the culture in this wonderful Andean city, and all throughout Ecuador - well, Latin-America in general - is sharing your music. Walking, biking or driving around pretty much anywhere in this country will give you the opportunity to hear something coming out of a stereo system set up in someone's house, or their tienda

 

And it's a wonderful experience to walk down the street on a sunny day in a wonderful neighborhood like Quito's La Floresta and get a free soundtrack to your afternoon. Some of the stuff is super-popular music from all over the world, i.e. not of Ecuadorian blood, but sometimes it IS! 

 

Here's one song you're likely to hear coming from people who have an ear for local music:

 

It's Swing Original Monks with their track "Caminito."

 

And you're likely to hear these guys for a few reasons:

 

1) They live, practice, and record in Quito. They're really from Ecuador, which they like to show in their music by how...

 

2) They do a great job blending modern, electronic sounds with old Ecuadorian styles of music and analog instruments.

 

The track above is a fresh new song of theirs that uses a melody inspired by basic popular-music of Ecuador, especially that of rural areas in the Amazon. Very straightforward rhythms with 1-3-5 notes rolling up and down in easy, happy ways. These riffs, with much repetition, however, allow Swing Original Monks room to stretch and bend the traditional take.

 

Check it out and look at our music page for more local musicians.

 

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