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Rules of rock: Ecuador law guarantees local bands airtime

 The airwaves are crowded with the likes of Beyoncé, Shakira and Pitbull, just like you were cruising a highway in Miami or Manhattan — rather than tooling through the snow-capped Andes.

But Ecuador’s airwaves are about to undergo a domestic invasion. Thanks to a recently passed communications law, half of all music played on the radio will have to be homegrown.

The move has station managers scrambling for local talent, musicians tuning up their guitars and long-languishing record companies dusting off their equipment.

The government hopes the law can turn this nation of 15 million — perhaps best known for the Galápagos Islands and as the first asylum choice of NSA-leaker Edward Snowden — into a musical powerhouse capable of fending off talent from Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and the United States.

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