Photos and words by Fernando Lara
Niu Güeis Tour
“¡Ya llegó el Café Tacvba!”
-Spanish for “The Café Tacvba has arrived”
This past Wednesday, Los Tacvbos rocked the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto in front of a sold out crowd. The show was part of their Niu Güeis tour and the band performed songs from their 2017 first independent album "Jei Beibi", 8th in their discography, as well as hits from their almost 30 years of a successful career.
The Café Tacvba name was taken from a coffee shop located in the core downtown district of Mexico City called "El Café de Tacuba" which brings, even today, a combination of European (mainly Spanish) and local culture of the people who used to live in what is today Mexico. The band believes the music they have been creating for almost 3 decades is based on this same cultural merge and heritage.
Ruben Albarran, the singer of the band who is famous for taking on many different names (such as Zizu Yantra, Elfego Buendía, Gallo Gas and Pinche Juan just to mention a few), began the night presenting "Futuro" and "Disolviendonos", both part of the "Jei Beibi" album just before playing "Como te extraño mi amor". The crowd exploded immediately. After playing "El fin de la infancia", "La chica banda" and dancing "Déjate caer", the band left the stage and came back with "El mundo en que nací" and the Grammy award winner song "Eres". At the end of the romantic and energetic evening, a second encore came and they ended with two of their most emblematic songs "Las batallas", based on the Jose Emilio Pacheco novel and Rarotonga.
It is difficult to accurately categorize Café Tacvba's music into a specific genre. The band truly plays a wide range of music and if you throw in the different colors, shades and style of performance the band takes on for every song when they are live, the audience can easily be fooled into thinking that there are multiple bands playing on stage. What we can say is that the group is true to their beliefs and understands that music will always find its own way to flow freely through them. This feeling can be portrayed live where the audience, in general, can expect the unexpected and can be taken on an emotional roller coaster with Cafe Tacvba's different styles of music from rock anthem to Mexican Huapango to an acoustic, emotional song. The eclecticism of Café Tacvba drives the band through a constant self-reinvention that took them to be one of the most, or maybe, the most important and representative bands in Mexico.
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