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Café Tacvba


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Mexico City, Mexico (1989 – present)

Café Tacvba (often spelled Café Tacuba*) is a band from the Lomas de Sotelo neighborhood in Mexico City, Mexico.

Their musical style covers a wide variety of genres, though it is most commonly labeled as Rock en Español. Their music has been heavily influenced by Mexico’s indigenous population and folk music traditions, most notable the Jarocho style of the state of Veracruz, but also by punk and electronic music and other bands in the Mexico City scene. Perhaps the most distinctive feature of their music is Albarrán’s nasal voice, which, combined with his impressive lung capacity (as demonstrated on “La Ingrata”, an homage to norteño music), makes for a very distinctive sound. They sing entirely in Spanish but have a significant Anglophone following regardless.

They have an especially eclectic sound, and it’s commonly said that none of their discs is of exactly the same genre. For example, “Maria” is a bolero style ballad, “La Ingrata” is a mix of rock and “norteño” , while “Eres”, a hit included in “Cuatro Caminos” album, is mostly pop-rock.

They were founded in 1989, and since then have had the same musical lineup:

* Rubén Isaac Albarrán Ortega aka “Pinche Juan” (“Fuckin Juan”), “Cosme”, “Anónimo” (Anonymous), “Nrü” (pronounced “dshyoo”, [dʃju] in IPA), “Amparo Tonto Medardo In Lak’ech” (or “At Medardo ILK”), “G3”, “Gallo Gasss”, “Élfego Buendía”, “Sizu Yantra” (which is his solo moniker as well), “Rita Cantalagua”, “Ixi Xoo” and many others. (vocals, guitar)


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