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Tomas White Collection of Marimba Music from Ecuador and Drum Rhythms from Colombia

Identifier: MU-16

Scope and Content

This collection of field recordings was made in Quito, Esmeraldas and San Lorenzo, Ecuador in the spring of 1977 and spring of 1980 by Tomas White. Also included are several tambora and cununo drum rhythms from Colombia. The collection consists of 5 reels which have been reformatted to cassettes. In addition to the music, his commentary describes the type of marimbas used for the performances and the note patterns and arrangements in the songs.


  • 1977-1980


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publications or distribution.

Biography / History

While a student at the University of New Mexico Centro Andino, in Quito, Ecuador, White received a grant from the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology to study in the Andes and to purchase instruments. He recorded various performances of marimba ensembles. The instruments Mr. White purchased are now housed at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology.

White received his BUS degree from UNM in 1981, his JD in 1988 and MA in 1989. He practices law in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He continues to maintain his interest in Latin American music and has composed music for and written articles about the marimba. He also performs with a local salsa group.

Forms part of the John Donald Robb Archive of Southwestern Music.


5 CDs (ca. 5 hrs.)


This is a collection of Marimba performances from Ecuador, with commentary notes by the collector. Also included are several selections of drum rhythms from Colombia.

Processing Information

Cassettes reformatted to CD in June 2011.

NOTE: The order of items on the CDs matches the order of items in the list below. However, due to the reformatting process, CD tracks do not necessarily start or stop at the same events as the list below.


Finding Aid of the Tomas White Collection of Marimba Music from Ecuador and Drum Rhythms from Colombia, 1977-1980
Nancy Brown-Martinez
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131