Day 3: El Costa Azul de Rigo Tovar

Two great instrumentals from Rigo Tovar’s backing band El Costa Azul (the blue coast), the originators of the cumbia/tropical movement in Mexico. The first pioneers to fuse traditional Mexican, baladas, and cumbia with synthesizers, guitars, and rock melodies. Not as hard-hitting as their Colombian counterparts, but Rigo Tovar’s sound continues to influence countless artists in Mexico to this day. These two tracks sound more like Cumbia Peruana.

El Costa Azul would go through many incarnations throughout the 70’s, but the main focus of the band would always be Rigo,  who has been called the Elvis Presley of Mexico. Here is the best way to explain Rigo Tovar: he was born in Matamoros Mexico, he was born with sunglasses on his face, and would sell more tickets than the Pope himself (he actually broke an attendance record by the Pope).  Enjoy!!!  (Veracruz track skips sorry)

1. El Costa Azul De Rigo Tovar: Palmeras

2. Costa Azul: Verano En Veracruz

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2 Responses to “Day 3: El Costa Azul de Rigo Tovar”


  1. 1 alonso ruvalcaba February 10, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    whoa!! this is fckn intense! luv it.

  2. 2 Aldo March 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    RIGO ES AMOR

    jajaajaj la frase de este gran señor


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