The Spanish capital held the first Festival of the Ecuadorian typical musical, organized by the Embassy of Ecuador in Spain. Thousands of attendees filled the amphitheater of the UGT union building in Madrid, most of them Ecuadorians.
The festival was a competition like the television of programs, and was attended by thirteen finalists who sang iconic themes as ‘Missing you’, ‘Necklace of Tears’ or ‘The soul on the lips’.
The event, organized for the National Day of Ecuador, began with a speech from the Ecuadorian ambassador in Spain, Aminta Buenano, in which she stressed the importance of promoting the culture of our country beyond its borders. It was led by presenters Claudia Onate and David Perez, both Ecuadorians, who gave way to the interpretations of the musicians.
The first award went to the ‘Trio Master’ formed by Ecuadorians Walter Quispe, Giovanni Arevalo and Ramiro Arce, musicians that for the first time participated in a contest, they reside in Spain for fifteen years. The second prize went to Viviana Huaca, an Ecuadorian resident in Barcelona who sang ‘Avocado’ while the third place went to Angel Tomala and his ‘Prayer of oblivion’.
Among the jurors was Cuba’s ambassador in Spain, Alejandro Gonzalez Galiano, as well as the cultural attaché of the Embassy of Bolivia and several professional musicians.
Before the concert, there was a typical Ecuadorian food tasting where attendees could enjoy a shrimp ceviche, chicken croquettes and pork tamale.