Drug Cartels, Marimba Music, and Rotary

An Afro-Ecuadorian dance artist poses in front of a mural. She is smiling, wearing a traditional marimba dance costume with layered sleeves and a layered skirt in lime green, light yellow, bright red, and a red head wrap.

Afro-Ecuadorians are fighting drug cartel influence with marimba music and traditional dance. And you’re invited to learn more.

Isla Trinitaria is home to descendants of kidnapped and enslaved people who escaped from a slave ship when it stranded off the coast of Ecuador on its way to Peru. In 1553 those survivors built communities that still thrive today, despite endemic racism and poverty.

The rise of drug cartels is threatening this port community, but Marimba for Peace is a collective project promoting Afro-Ecuadorian performing artists and instilling cultural pride in the young people learning about their heritage and performing with the Afromestizo Candente band.

“Racism, on an individual and societal levels, such as Mestizaje and Blanqueamiento (whitening), deeply ingrained from the Spanish colonial era is still encountered. Afro Ecuadorians are strongly discriminated against by the mestizo and criollo populations. Poverty affects their community, along with a lack of government funding and low social mobility.” – AAREG

Marimba music is recognized as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage and Rotarians from the Guayaquil Astillero club will present to District 5110 twice this week about its roots in Ecuador, its future, and the joy it brings their community. It is a celebration.

Join your friends:

Tuesday, October 4th at 6 pm Pacific at the Rotary Club of Eugene Metropolitan online or at The Davis
or
Thursday, October 6th at 12:30 pm Pacific at the Rotary Club of Port Orford online

We can’t wait to welcome Rotarians Maholy Vernaza Sánchez and Felipe Bucaram Maluk to Oregon! As always, all are welcome.

Comment below if you’d like the Zoom links and feel free to bring a friend! And if your club is hosting speakers your fellow Rotarians might like to hear, share it with the district here.

Photo credit: Fundación Cleotilde Guerrero
Image description: An Afro-Ecuadorian dance artist poses in front of a mural. She is smiling, wearing a traditional marimba dance costume with layered sleeves and a layered skirt in lime green, light yellow, bright red, and a red head wrap.

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