"The Imbayakunas" - Keeping Andean Traditions Alive Through Song
"When I made the decision to form 'The Imbayakunas' music group, I knew my ancestors
would be proud", remarks Patricio Chiza. Mr.Chiza is the musical director and founder
of The Imbayakunas Music Group from Ecuador. "I come from a strong and vibrant Native
Andean culture. Both my mother and father raised myself and my siblings to understand
and appreciate our traditions. Although there was and still exists racism against
Native people, my parents never relinquished their pride and dignity in the face
of adversity and discrimination."
In 1998, Patricio Chiza began his dream of forming a group that would highlight
the wondrous sound of the Andes. Each musician is from Ecuador and shares a love
of performing. Their music continues to evolve and can be described as a World Music
fusion between traditional Andean sounds and contemporary Latin rhythms. The music
of The Imbayakunas is infectious; Latin American and North American audiences alike
are drawn to the musical mix of pan flutes, guitar, violin charango and drums.
The Imbayakunas Music Group has worked hard to make their mark as entertainers.
They have gained much notoriety while performing at various festivals, private functions,
shopping centres and benefit events. Through their work over the years, they have
become the best known local presenters of Andean music in Canada. The Imbayakunas
have recorded and released 17 CD's to date and showcase a wide repertoire of musical
sounds spanning from traditional Andean San Juans to cover versions of classics
such as "Hotel California" by The Eagles.
"Anytime I have the opportunity to show the world the beauty that is Andean Music,
it is a privilege and my pleasure", says Patricio Chiza. The Imbayakunas success
is a dream come true.