Los Creadorez del Pasito Duranguense de Alfredo Ramírez

Los Creadorez del Pasito Duranguense is a Chicago project headed by the internationally known Alfredo Ramírez Corral. In 1996, alongside co-founder Ismael Mijarez, Corral put together one of the very first stateside duranguense groups, and achieved great success. At the time they were called Grupo Montéz de Durango, which became the best-selling duranguense act in the U.S., achieving legendary status in the regional Mexican music world. Ten years after their formation they reemerged, revamped and renamed, armed with a new image and concept. The personnel is by and large the same as in their former incarnation, including founders Alfredo Ramírez Corral and Ismael Mijarez alongside Armando Aguirre, Francisco Lopez, and César Ruelas. DISA Latin Music released two recently recorded singles, "Que Lastima" and "Quisiera Ser una Lagrima," both of which made appearances on Billboard's regional Mexican charts. Los Creadorez interpret their decade of success and fans' acceptance of their new package as a sign of duranguense's staying power. As the genre rounds its first ten years, sales increases and interest arise far outside the city of Chicago, and duranguense artists look to the veterans for direction. Corral and Mijarez -- having been around as long as anyone -- find themselves in the position of being trend-setters. Los Creadorez's debut record, Recio, Recio Mis Creadorez, was released in late January 2007. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez

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