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Origin Quito, Ecuador
Genres Pop rock, teen pop.
Years active 2003–2004
Labels MTM Records
Website [1]
Members María José Blum, Cecilia Calle, Mariela Nazareno, Diana Rueda, Gabriela Villalba

Kiruba, female pop music group from Ecuador, was formed in Quito in 2003, consisted of 5 members: María José Blum, Diana Rueda, Mariela Nazareno, Cecilia Calle, and Gabriela Villalba. Accounted for the greatest revolution in the music industry in its country and became the highest selling artists of Ecuador.[1]

Quisiera (I Wish) the first single from the band took first place in the charts in Ecuador for nearly five weeks and the fifteenth in Latin America for a week, thereby establishing the group as an international band.

As quintet released two studio albums and five singles, selling over 10,000 copies of its records. They separated in 2004 due to differences between the members and promotion of the television channel that drove her careers.


The history of this, the most successful female band in Ecuador along the story, begins with the selection process of the program Popstars in Teleamazonas, since there, everything would be way to the summit for the quintet until its disappear and subsequent reunion in 2008.


The group was created after a television talent contest called 'Popstars' from Teleamazonas TeVe Channel, which gained great success in late 2003. After nearly three months of competition judges chose, from among three thousand initial candidates, the final five members of the band: María José Blum (Guayaquil), Diana Rueda (Quito), Mariela Nazareno (Esmeraldas), Gabriela Villalba (Quito) and Cecilia Calle (Guayaquil).

The band chose, even as part of the reality, the name of Kiruba to make themselves known to the media and the public. This unusual name is derived from a reading Diana Rueda had done on a brave chieftain of the ethnicity of the Amazonian Shuar (Quiruba), who bravely stood up to the Spanish conquerors in the city of Macas.[2]


The quintet released their first album entitled Kiruba just released the results of the competition, so its sales soared to 5,000 copies just a few days after its appearance in stores.[3] Kiruba became overnight into a true national phenomenon that was, among other prizes, triple platinum disc. Her first single Quisiera (I Wish) it held for several weeks first in Ecuador and in Latin America was the fifteenth in the counting chain HTV.

Their next single Camina (Walk), Me Pierdo (Lose Myself) and Como Extraño Tu Luz (How I'm Missing Your Light) has not running with the same fate at the continental level but positioned at the top of the radio stations in Ecuador.

Second Disc and Separation[edit]

In 2004 the group launched its second and final album as a quintet: Baila La Luna (The Moon Dance), with the promotion of first and only single Me Quedo Contigo (I stay With You), which could hardly reach the third place of the Ecuadorian charts. The band broke up that same year by differences between the members and the promotion that offered them the TV channel that manage their career.[4]

After separation,the 5 girls take different paths: Mariela Nazareno led a local rock band called Tinticos, Diana Rueda showed her face in several exhibitions of painting, Cecilia Calle founded a dance company and developed as a television host, María José Blum was one of the stellar in the soap opera 'El Cholito' and Gabriela Villalba, who after trying their luck in the world of acting in Colombia, launched a solo album and later joined the Chilean pop band Kudai, which won the longed internationalization.

The Return: Hada 4[edit]

In 2008, four of the five former members of Kiruba: María José Blum, Diana Rueda, Mariela Nazareno and Cecilia Calle (Gabriela Villalba was already part of the international Kudai band) returned under name of Hada 4 (Fairy 4), a new project to meet them again in the recording studios and stages. The name change to Hada 4 was because the TV channel that formed the group was the legal owner of the name Kiruba, and this time the girls wanted to work independently.

In June 2008 announced in a press conference their return to the music scene and the first single from the new album: Volviéndome Loca (Going Myself Crazy), was released on radio on July 15. On the night of November 9 made its first official appearance in the program Bailando Por Un Sueño Edición Especial (Dancing With The Stars Special Edition), but with the surprise that Diana Rueda had left the quartet then had become a trio (María José, Mariela and Cecilia).[5]


Kiruba - Kiruba - (2003)[edit]

01. Quisiera (I Wish)

02. Como Extraño Tu Luz (How I'm Missing Your Light)

03. Me Pierdo (Lose Myself)

04. Dame (Give Me)

05. Mirando Como Un Bobo (Watching Like A Fool)

06. Te Llevo En Mi Corazón (I Keep You In My Heart)

07. Camina (Walk)

08. Eres (You Are)

09. Con Todo Lo Que Tengo (With Everything That I Have)

10. Mosaico Kiruba [El Aguacate, Pasional, Vasija de Barro] (Kiruba Mosaic)

Baila La Luna - The Moon Dance - (2004)[edit]

01. Me Quedo Contigo (I Stay With You)

02. La Cumbia Del Olvido (The Forgotten Cumbia)

03. Calle Desierta (Lonely Street)

04. A Veces (Sometimes)

05. Trotamundos (Globetrotter)

06. Vuelve A Mí (Right Back At Me)

07. Pensar En Ti (Thinking About You)

08. Bello Ciao (Beautiful Ciao)

09. Baila La Luna (The Moon Dance)

10. Tarde O Temprano (Sooner Or Later)

Hada 4 - Fairy 4 - (2008)[edit]

01. Volviéndome Loca (Going Myself Crazy)

Also one guy in Popcity Name is Kirubagaran


  1. ^ "Kiruba confirms their popularuty", El Universo Diary, Guayaquil, spanish text, 2003.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Popstars and Kiruba, the origin of the girlband name", CTE Article, Quito, spanish text, 2003.
  3. ^ "Kiruba, an Ecuadorian success", Hoy Diary, Quito, spanish text, 2003.
  4. ^ "Kiruba demands Teleamazonas", Ecuador Inmediato News, Quito, spanish text, 2004.
  5. ^ "Hada 4, the Kiruba's return", fará News, Quito, spanish text, 2008.

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