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Cafe Tacuba Biography


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Birth Place: Mexico City, Mexico
Years Active: 1989-present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Latin Music, Latin Rap, Latin Rock


Café Tacvba (pronounced ''Café Tacuba'') is a Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award-winning band from Naucalpan, Mexico (Satélite). They were founded in 1989, and since then have had the same musical lineup:

* Rubén Isaac Albarrán Ortega: (vocals, guitar)

* Emmanuel "Meme" del Real Díaz: (keyboards, guitar, piano, programming, vocals, melodeon)

* José Alfredo "Joselo" Rangel Arroyo: (guitar, vocals)

* Enrique 'Quique' Rangel Arroyo: (bass guitar, electric upright bass, vocals)

Mexican folk music player Alejandro Flores is considered the ''5th tacuba'', as he has played the violin in almost every Café Tacuba concert since 1994. Since the Cuatro Caminos World Tour, Luis "El Children" Ledezma has played the drums in every concert but is not considered an official member of the band.

Previously known as "Alicia Ya No Vive Aquí" (a tribute to Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore), the band took its final name from a coffee shop (el Café de Tacuba) located in downtown Mexico City, which opened in 1912 and had its heyday in the 1940s and 1950's, and was representative of the Pachuco scene from the time, something the band would certainly acknowledge as an influence. The ''Café de Tacuba'' is still in operation as a coffee shop and restaurant on Tacuba Street, in Mexico City's Historic Center. The band changed its name to Café Tacvba (changing the u for a v) in order to avoid legal issues with the coffee shop.

In their first shows (prior to the release of their first album), people would scream "¡Pinche Juan!" ("Fucking Juan!") to Rubén because that's the name of one of the band's first underground hits, so he kept the name for the release of the first album. Two years later he got bored and changed it to "Cosme" (an out of style name in Spanish) for the release of "Re". Since then, he has changed his name for every album and world tour.

Formerly graphic design students, Rubén, Joselo and Quique design their own album covers.