Los Tucanes de Tijuana

Los Tucanes de Tijuana is a Pacific Norteño band from Tijuana, Mexico, led by Mario Quintero Lara. The group has been active since the 80s, having been formed in 1987 in Tijuana, Baja California. They are known for their blend of traditional Mexican music, specifically Norteño and banda. Los Tucanes de Tijuana began their career playing local parties and small venues, slowly earning a following. When they moved to Los Angeles, the group started gaining more traction, playing the Latin club circuit and recording their first albums. They released albums such as Me Robaste el Corazón (1994), which features the band’s signature song “La Chona,” widely regarded as a standard in Norteño music. For the rest of the decade, the group was extremely prolific, releasing albums such as Mundo de Amor (1995) and Amor Platónico (1998), among many others. Each album continued to build the group’s popularity in the US and Latin America. In 1997, they placed six releases simultaneously on the US Billboard Top Latin Albums Chart, which was unheard of at the time. In the early aughts, the group received nominations for the Lo Nuestro Award as well as the Latin Grammy Awards for the album Me Gusta Vivir de Noche (2000). Los Tucanes de Tijuana also released the live album Siempre Contigo (2006) and established themselves as a live band. In September 2008, the group received a star in the Las Vegas Walk of Fame. In 2010, one of Mario Quintero’s suits was exhibited at the Grammy Museum along with other outfits from famous Latin singers. They were part of the 2012 documentary film Hecho en México, and continue touring and recording relentlessly.

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