AP PHOTOS: Ecuador embraces Mexican mariachi music

In this April 13, 2013 photo, members of El Rey Mariachi group rehearse in their dressing room inside the Mexico Theater in Quito, Ecuador. Mariachi music, one of the great folk genres of Mexico, has gained a strong following in the South America nation of Ecuador, and its practitioners here have come together to compete. Twelve groups initially signed up for the contest organized by the Mexican embassy in Ecuador, but in the end only seven showed up to participate after meeting the strict requirements. Each group had to have at least six members, and use at least six of the musical instruments traditionally played by mariachi bands. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Loud applause erupts amid the trumpet blasts and whining of violins that practically weep over each note as they accompany powerful voices singing of love and betrayal.