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Afro-Ecuadorians are Ecuadorians of Afro-descent. The first Africans were brought in 1553 and slavery was abolished in 1822. They make up 8% of the population with 1.1 millions Afro-Ecuadorians. “Afro-Ecuadorian organizations put Ecuador’s black population at 10 per cent, stating that official estimates are inaccurate due to problems with self-classification.” They are concentrated in Esmeraldas, Valle del Chota, Quito and Guayaquil. Little recognition is given to Afro-Ecuadorians contributions to the society. The African influences are: FOOD- encocado ;  MUSIC AND DANCE- marimba, bomba del chota ; RELIGION- African ancestral spiritism

Living mostly in the northern coastal province of Esmeraldas, Guayas and in other provinces in the south-central coastal region, around three-quarters of Afro-Ecuadorians now reside in urban areas. Although Afro-Ecuadorians have distinct cultural traditions, there is little popular recognition of their contribution to Ecuadorian society.” (Minority Rights).

Afro-Ecuadorian Music and Dance Resources 


Info- Marimba: Expression of Freedom, yet my Afro-Ecuadorians... (

Video Marimba-


 Afro-Ecuadorian Religion and Spirituality Resources


Info-Afro-Ecuadoreans Maintain Identity Through Spiritual Practices - The New York Times (

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