Azul Azul

Bolivian foursome Azul Azul started playing under the name of Grupo Azul, debuting live while opening for Mexican group Cafe Tacuba and Argentinean group Vilma Palma e Vampiros in 1992. That same year, they issued Taquiraris Para el Recuerdo, a mixture of local folklore, Jamaican reggae, and Latin pop. That record was followed by Enganchados Azul, which achieved Azul Azul's first hit, a song called "Yeo-Yeo." Soon, the band signed with the independent label Musicanga, recording El Corte de la Banana in 1995. The band's international breakthrough came after releasing El Sapo in 1998, an album recorded in Santa Cruz de la Sierra and produced by Glenn Vargas. The album featured a catchy song called "La Bomba," which climbed to number one on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks in April of 2001. ~ Drago Bonacich

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