Mexican Banda Machos made its debut with the release of a cassette called Serían las Dos. The group's breakthrough came after issuing Con Sangre de Indio, featuring a style known as la quebradita, popularized in Los Angeles' Latin circuit in the early '90s. In 1993, Banda Machos was awarded by Univisión's Lo Nuestro for Revelation of the Year in the Mexican/Regional category, winning a Furia Musical award for Best Mexican Band in 1995. Banda Machos' "ZapaMambo" was featured in the movie My Family, produced by Francis Ford Coppola in 1994. The group steadily continued releasing new material throughout the '90s and into the new millennium, usually issuing multiple albums in one year. Banda Machos released 20 Mil Heridas in early 2006, which was subsequently nominated for a Best Banda Album Grammy. The group's touring schedule was relentless: Not only did they play in virtually every Mexican state, they also played in all 50 in the U.S. as well, and major European music festivals.
For 2008's Proximo Tonto, Banda Machos fully embraced the internet and took aim at social networks. They launched their first YouTube videos, which garnered millions of views. (Since then, their collected videos have been watched hundreds of millions of times.) While their albums didn't make the charts often, their concerts continued to sell out virtually every place they played and their singles placed regularly -- 2007's "Cuatro Meses," and 2008's "No Hay Problema" both landed inside the Top Ten on the Mexican Regional Songs charts while 2009's "El Sonidito (Ruidito)" and 2011's "Nadie Te Toco" both placed well inside the Top 40. 2015's album Las 20 Poderosas placed inside the Top Ten on the Mexican Regional Albums charts and remained in the Top 40 for over two years. In 2017, Banda Machos issued a split album with Banda Lamento Show from Durango and Banda Arkangel from Sinaloa entitled Cumbias de Todo un Poco. ~ Drago Bonacich