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Latin America: Ecuador (Bomba)
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This week in the All Around This World weekly online class we explore Ecuador, learning an Afro-Ecuadorian dance called the Bomba. 

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This Week We Visit Ecuador

This week in music class class we travel with great excitement to Ecuador.  We’re excited about exploring Afro-Ecuadorian music.  We’re excited about greeting each other in Kichwa.  We’re very excited about lumbering around the room like giant turtles of the Galapagos.  Explorations in Ecuador for kids can be loads of fun…so, let’s go! (All Around This World's main Ecuador page.)

This week in class we dance...

The Bomba del Chota is an African-inspired dance from Ecuador's Chota valley. (more )

This week in class we'll be singing: 

"Tambobambino" is an Andean folk song, a story of a little boy from the small town of Tambobamba in Southern Peru who foolishly walks outside in the rain carrying his charango (a little guitar-like instrument). What a foolish little boy! (more )   

We sing "We Are Happy," a hello song from Uganda, to open every class. This week we greet each other in Quechua, a language with many dialects people speak in communities throughout the Andes mountains. 

"Las Mañanitas" is a well-known Spanish birthday song, usually sung to honor the birthday boy or girl before eating the cake.... (more )  

“Este Torito” is traditional Mexican song, most often performed by mariachis, about a journey to town and a stubborn bull.... (more )

“La llave” means “the key.” All Around This World adapted this from a Spanish folk song called “Estrellita” which is about a girl finding the best occupation for herself, disliking all of them except the job of teacher.... (more

“Un Barco Chiquitito” is a Spanish song about a fantastic little boat that, not unlike our kids, is simply unable to stop moving....  (more )

A Little More

The charango , a small, high pitched stringed instrument that traditionally was made from the shell of an armadillo, is a staple instrument of Andean music. The charango first appeared in South America in the 1800s, though its exact origin is unclear. Was it a descendant of the vihuela, which the Spanish brought with them when they colonized? Did indigenous musicians who had learned to play Spanish vihuelas and guitars create such a small instrument in order to be able to hide it when Spanish authorities prohibited them from performing their own music? Whatever its origins, the charango’s bright sound has become a characteristic of several Andean genres, like Andean Cumbia, Huayno and Pasillo.

Watch this video of a charango player strumming in a music store in La Paz.