The music that unites us

If you arrive in Ecuador from abroad your plane will land either in Quito or Guayaquil, the two largest and most important cities. Like many big sister cities, they both have their differences. Whether in politics, football, or food, among other things, in the past you could feel the regionalism. Today I dare say that this has changed and that music demonstrates this to us.


With music bands Hiato and El General Villamil (both from Guayaquil) I took a bus to Quito to an independent music festival called El Acuario. At this special place positive vibes thrived and a sense of brotherhood took over. The happiness the bands felt by the presence of a lively, fun and warm public amazed me.

I thought maybe the musicians were already accustomed to such support from the public, but talking with one of them I noticed that this was something relatively new. People came from everywhere of all ages; grandparents, young people and even children. The music was what united them, because its goal was to be shared.

Besides the concert at El Acuario I've started to go to concerts regularly in and out of my city (Guayaquil) and now I look at them with new eyes. I watch people attending, whether they are many or few, and all have one thing in common: all are out of their homes. And this may be the greatest achievement of the bands.

I wonder what would become of the big cities without live concerts. Definitely we would spend much more time indoors at home. This is why I dedicate this column to all the musicians who dare to show us something as personal as the music they create.

It doesn't matter if you're a young rock band that nobody knows or a punk band with a long history; if you are a soloist with only your guitar or a duo making experimental music. You and your music have the ability to bring together an entire country.