Day 13: Cumbia Ecuatoriana con Lucho Silva

For the last 2 years I’ve been desperately trying to buy all the cumbia records from Ecuador that I possibly can. You’d think since the country is sandwiched between Colombia and Peru, that I would have a ton of success. But unfortunately I haven’t. It might possibly be that Ecuador didn’t have as robust a musical heritage/recording industry as the other two aforementioned countries, or quite possibly, the music from Ecuador just hasn’t hit the eBay circuit yet. Perhaps I should go to Quito one day.

Nevertheless, the music I do have from Ecuador is as promising as any other form of South American cumbia - with saxophonist Lucho Silva being one of its most popular performers. Silva, born in Guayaquil, began his career as a big-band/jazz musician, but somehow wound up associating himself with cumbia acts in the 70′s and 80′s. I have a suspicion that the Ecuadorian/Andean groups like El Gato and Polito y Su Conjunto used the more mainstream Lucho Silva to legitimize their acts – because before and after this era, Lucho Silva has been nothing but a jazz saxophonist. Despite all that, the music itself is almost a cross between the organ driven cumbia of Mexico and the guitar driven sounds of Peruvian chicha – with a heavy Andean emphasis like no other. The 45 I have of Cumbia del Indio is actually from Mexico (awesome 45 picture sleeve). Most my music from Ecuador is on LP form, so I tossed up 2 of my other favorite songs from a Lucho Silva compilation LP for good measure. Enjoy!

1. Lucho Silva y El Gato Con Ritmos: Cumbia Del Indio

2. Lucho Silva y El Gato Con Ritmos: La Zorra

3. Lucho Silva y El Gato Con Ritmos: Lamento De Indio

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1 Response to “Day 13: Cumbia Ecuatoriana con Lucho Silva”


  1. 1 Fernando February 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Great. I just heard the 3 singles. All of them. Awesome


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