Jaguares is a Mexican alternative rock band formed by former Caifanes lead singer Saúl Hernández, ex-Caifan Alfonso André, two long-time friends Federico Fong and José Manuel Aguilera. Jaguares got their name from one of vocalist Saúl Hernández's dreams, in which he was singing in a jaguar's mouth. Soon after the release of their hit debut album, El Equilibrio de los Jaguares, Hernández took a break after suffering papiloma virus cancer; as a result of a year without activity, Aguilera dropped out of the band and Fong took a break from the band, as well both continue with his band La Barranca. Aguilera was replaced by César López Garcia, most famously known as "El Vampiro", invited to play in Caifanes' beginnings in the late 1980s. Lopez was the previous two-time member of Azul Violeta and Maná from 1991-1994. Sabo Romo, the ex-bassist of Caifanes, was invited to join Jaguares and he accepted. Jarris Margalli joined on rhythm guitars. After the release of their second album Bajo el Azul de Tu Misterio, Romo took a break from the band and Margalli was released from the band, leaving three as the faces of Jaguares.
In 2001 Jaguares released "Cuando La Sangre Galopa" with Chucho Merchán as bassist and Leo Muñoz as a percussionist. In 2005 Federico Fong return as bassist for the new album "Crónicas de un Laberinto". In 2007, ex-Caifan Diego Herrera was featured alongside the band for the promotion of the album. In 2007, Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur was released, it is a compilation album of various artists covering songs of John Lennon to benefit Amnesty International's campaign to alleviate the crisis in Darfur. In it Jaguares cover the protest song "Gimme Some Truth" from Lennon's 1971 album Imagine. In 2008 the group released the album titled "45", 45 represents the 45 million Mexicans living in poverty. In 2010, the band went into what many expected to be a temporary hiatus from the spotlight due to Saúl Hernández's desire to continue his solo career and due to the official comeback of Caifanes. On January 14, 2019, it was announced that Jaguares will reunite for a single concert as part of Machaca Fest 2019 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.
Saúl Hernández - Vocals/Guitars. Alfonso André - Drums - César "Vampiro" López - Lead Guitars Diego Herrera - Keyboards/Saxo Marco Rentería - Bass Federico Fong - Bass Sabo Romo - Bass Chucho Merchán - Bass José Manuel Aguilera - Lead Guitars Jarris Margalli - Rhythm & Lead Guitars Leonardo Muñoz Corona Luis Conte Stuart Hamm Jimmy Z Zavala - harmonica,tenor saxophone El Equilibrio de los Jaguares Bajo el Azul de Tu Misterio double CD, live and studio Cuando la Sangre Galopa El Primer Instinto Crónicas de un Laberinto 45 Official site Los Aliados de tu reino – club de aliados
El nervio del volcán
El nervio del volcán is the fourth and final album by Mexican rock band Caifanes, released in the summer of 1994. With bassist Sabo Romo and keyboardist Diego Herrera out of the band since the previous year, Saúl Hernández, Alfonso André, Alejandro Marcóvich were the remaining band members left to record Caifanes' fourth studio album in Los Angeles, California between February and April 1994; the album included the hit singles "Afuera" and "Aquí no es así". A tour began throughout Mexico, United States, Central America, Colombia and Argentina ending with the band dissolving on August 18, 1995 on their final show in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Hernández formed a new incarnation of his previous band, due to legal disputes and fallout with lead guitar Alejandro Marcóvich. Guest artists included Stuart Hamm, Federico Fong, Yann Zaragoza and Cecilia Toussaint. All tracks written except where noted. Saúl Hernández – vocals, 2nd rhythm guitar on "El año del dragón" Alejandro Marcovich – electric and acoustic guitars, violin on "Miedo" and "La Llorona" Alfonso André – drums, drum programming on "Hasta que dejes de respirar" Federico Fong – fretted and fretless basses Yann Zaragoza – piano, Hammond organ, synthesizer Cecilia Toussaint – choirs on "Afuera", "Aquí no es así", "Hasta que dejes de respirar" Lenny Castro – percussion Stuart Hamm – fretless bass on "Quisiera ser alcohol" Jerry Hey – trumpet on "Quisiera ser alcohol" Jerry Goodman – electric violin on "El animal" and "Pero nunca me caí" Graham Nash – harmonica on "Pero nunca me caí" Jeffrey Marty Vanston – synthesizer on "Aquí no es así" and "Ayer me dijo un ave"
Caifanes is a rock en español band from Mexico City. Formed in 1987, the group achieved international fame during early 1990s; the original lineup consisted of Saúl Hernández, Alejandro Marcovich Sabo Romo, Alfonso André, Diego Herrera. Caifanes’ style can be described as a hybrid of British new wave, progressive rock and Latin percussion underscored by deep and Latin American-Mexican-Spanish-influenced lyrics and the vocal style of Saúl Hernández. Members of Caifanes have cited Teresa Escogido as a major influence; the name Caifanes is derived from 1940s Mexican pachuco slang "Cae fine". Its equivalent in English would be “cool dude.” The word has been used to describe the proverbial Mexican pachuco, delinquent, or outsider. The seeds of what was to become Caifanes were planted in 1984 with Las Insolitas Imágenes de Aurora, a band that included Saúl Hernández, Alfonso André and Alejandro Marcovich. According to Marcovich, Insólitas started out as a side project for the purpose of performing as a party band for the filming of his brother's film project.
At the time, both Hernández and Marcovich were playing in different bands. The members decided to continue; as the seriousness of the project grew the band began to play in different spots in Mexico City like Rockotitlán, High Tower, El Jabalí. In May 1986, Insolitas recorded a live demo performed at Rockotitlán. Insólitas developed a strong cult following in Mexico City. Insólitas broke up in 1986. Saúl and Alfonso reformed as Caifanes with bass player/producer Sabo Romo and Diego Herrera on keyboards and sax. Caifanes' first live show was April 1987, in Rockotitlán; the building was filled to capacity and many people were left outside. Their popularity began to grow throughout Mexico City. By late 1987 Caifanes had carved a niche for themselves as a dark contrast to the corporate pop/rock and light ballads that dominated Mexican radio and television during the 1980s. At times the image and the sound were considered radical for the Mexican music industry. Between December 28, 1986 and January 3, 1987 Juan Aceves produced a four-song demo for the band using "free" studio time at night at Arco Studio.
The demo was showcased on the independent radio program Espacio 59, a show that promoted up and coming rock bands. With demo in hand Caifanes approached CBS Mexico; the musical director at the time shunned them for dark new wave attire and said, “You look like fags.” At the time, Caifanes’ sound and look was influenced by British post-punk groups such as The Cure and The Jesus and Mary Chain. They sported frizzly hair and makeup. Upon hearing the demo of “Será Por Eso”, the CBS executive said, “At CBS, our business is to sell records, not coffins.” The movement of Rock en Español or rock en tu idioma was too strong to ignore by record execs. The flood of groups from Spain and Argentina forced Mexican labels to take a second look at up-and-coming Mexican bands. Caifanes received a big break when Ariola records invited them to open for Argentinean rocker Miguel Mateos’ Mexico City show; the show brought Cafaines to the attention of Miguel Mateos’ producer Oscar Lopez. Oscar took them to the studio to record a demo.
Lopez would be instrumental in their signing to RCA-Ariola and would go on to produce their first two albums. Caifanes’ debut album Caifanes was released in August 1988 by RCA-Ariola; the LP was preceded by an EP made up of three songs. The immediate sale of 300,000 copies of the EP cemented the band's appeal; the first single “Mátenme Porque Me Muero” became a minor hit in Mexico City. The first three singles garnered sufficient radio play. In December 1988 Caifanes released a cover of Cuban folk singer Guillermo Rodriguez Fiffe's classic cumbia, “La Negra Tomasa,” as a Maxi single; the song was a massive hit in Mexico and introduced Caifanes to a wider audience nationally and abroad. By 1989, Caifanes had emerged. In June Caifanes played two sold-out shows at Mexico's Auditorio Nacional, a 10,000 person venue – a first for a Mexican rock band. In late 1989, Caifanes began to record their second album in New York City; the record was produced by Oscar Lopez, aided by Daniel Freiberg. El diablito was released in July 1990 through BMG Records.
The band now included former Insolitas guitarist Alejandro Marcovich. Marcovich's textural guitar work changed Caifanes’ sound and cemented the “classic” Mexican rock sound that Caifanes became famous for. “La Célula Que Explota”, with its brushes of mariachi and bolero guitars and a crescendo of mariachi trumpets and its music video directed by Juan Carlos Colín became both a signature of the band as well as a massive hit in 1990 and 1991. By this time, Caifanes along with Maná, Maldita Vecindad, La Lupita, Cafe Tacuba and Los Amantes de Lola, helped to move Mexican Rock toward a wider audience and catapulted the Rock En Español movement of the 1990s. In 1992, Caifanes released El silencio. Recorded in Wisconsin and produced by Adrian Belew, of King Crimson fame, El Silencio further had a more direct guitar driven sound. “No Dejes Que”, “Estas Dormida”, “Deba
Salvador Sabo Romo is a bass and guitar player and producer. He was born in Mexico City. Interested in music since childhood, he wrote songs and sang on his first band. At eighteen he discovered the bass, formed “Manhattan”, a light jazz band, “Ruido Blanco” with journalist and musician Oscar Sarquiz, who introduced Sabo to Guillermo Briseño, Ricardo Ochoa starting the recording and production of many records with many tours in the mid-1980s. Romo was a founding member of Caifanes in 1987, recording three albums with BMG and touring all over the world with them, he produced artists such as Aleks Syntek, Ely Guerra, Moenia, Tania Libertad, the Jaguares … and has sold 10 million copies. Sabo has been declared “The best latinamerican Bass Player”. Romo edited with BMG and his own record label “Mulata Records” his first solo album in 1996: SSS, he played on tour with Adrian Belew, Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers, Miguel Mateos, Charly Garcia, Soda Stereo working on his new projects: Los Finger, Los Padrisimos and his second solo double album.
On February 19, 2010, Romo suffered a heart attack and has recovered successfully
Bajo el Azul de Tu Misterio
Bajo el Azul de Tu Misterio is a two-disc album recorded by Mexican rock band Jaguares and was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2000. The LP was released on September 1999 under the label BMG Entertainment Mexico; the first disc is a live concert album. Band members include Saul Hernández, Alfonso André, Sabo Romo, Cesar "El Vampiro" López Garcia and Jarris Margalli. All songs written by Saul Hernández. Disc 1 Dime Jaguar - 5:15 Cuentame tu vida - 5:16 Las ratas no tienen alas - 7:46 Ayer me dijo un ave - 4:53 La celula que explota - 3:52 No dejes que... - 5:23 Quisiera ser alcohol - 5:47 De noche todos los gatos son pardos - 7:50 El milagro - 4:10 Nos vamos juntos - 5:30 Amarrate a una escoba y vuela lejos - 4:37Disc 2 Hoy - 5:22 Fin - 4:27 Tu - 4:23 Sangre - 5:20 Parpadea - 3:56 Derritete - 4:46 Mantarraya - 5:55 Tu Reino - 4:48 Adios - 5:13 No me culpes - 3:58
Saúl Alfonso Hernández Estrada, is a Mexican musician, poet and the lead singer of Jaguares and Caifanes, two prominent Mexican rock en español bands. Saúl Hernández was born in the Colonia Guerrero neighborhood of Mexico City on January 15, 1964, he lost his mother at a young age and he explained that this early confrontation with death became an inspiration for many of the songs he has written. His first band was the predecessor to Caifanes. After the breakup of Las Insólitas Imágenes de Aurora, the group's demo was circulating in the Mexico City music scene; when Caifanes is formed, the initial lineup was Alfonso André in the drums, Sabo Romo in the bass and Diego Herrera in the keyboard. Alejandro Marcovich would join the band in the lead guitar; the band made its first appearance on April 11, 1987 in a forum that would catapult new bands, Rockotitlán. The event was a huge success and it marked the beginning of Caifanes. After the Caifanes breakup, Saul Hernández formed a new band in late 1995, called Jaguares, along with former Caifanes drummer Alfonso André and two long time friends, Federico Fong on bass and José Manuel Aguilera on lead guitar.
José Manuel Aguilera was involved in Jaguares' first studio album. In 1996, Saúl Hernández sang a duet with Algerian raï singer Khaled; the song, called Ki Kounti, is sung in Arabic and Spanish. Since its formation, Jaguares has been one of "rock en español" premier bands with both critical and commercial success. Towards the end of 2010, Saúl Hernández reconciled with former Caifane guitarrist Alejandro Marcovich and announced their return for the Vive Latino 2011 festival, which marked the reunion of the original band members. On January 14, 2019, it was announced that Jaguares will reunite for a single concert as part of Machaca Fest 2019 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
Jesús Alfredo Merchán known as Chucho Merchán, is a session jazz, rock bassist and guitarist. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cambridge University in 1980, he has performed with Nucleus, the Eurythmics, The Pretenders, Thomas Dolby, George Harrison, Pete Townshend, David Gilmour, Robi Rosa, Bryan Adams, Kirsty MacColl and Everything but the Girl among others. His first musical experiences are in South America with his successful band called Malanga and with university bands in California, U. S. A. In 1974 he travels to England to study music at the famous Cambridge University, he studies composition, orchestration and orchestral conduction, piano and double bass. In 1980 he received his degree in Bachelor of Arts. In the same year, after his graduation, he begins to play double bass at the English and American Jazz Circuit, his band Macondo, which he founds and for which he composes, wins the prize for the best European jazz band, competing against another 150 participants. With this band he plays at the jazz festivals in Newport.
In Cambridge he receives the prize for composition with his string quartet Vientos del Sur. In 1983 he joins the Thomas Dolby band as a guitarist and does his first world tour promoting the album The Flat Earth. In 1986 he joins the band The Pretenders with whom he records the album Get Close and plays at concerts. Right after the eruption of the Nevado del Ruíz volcano, which destroyed Armero and left 25,000 dead people, Chucho organizes a charity concert for the survivors. David Gilmour, Annie Lennox, Pete Townshend, Mike Oldfield and many more participate at this event. With the funds acquired, many charity works were done in Colombia besides a school, a sports center and a brick factory to help reconstruct the lives of so many people; this is when FONEVA was born, a charity organization which he manages himself and which helps children, elderly people and animals in Colombia. Chucho has done innumerable world tours with diverse artists and has participated in many musical projects as arranger and producer.
He conducted The London Philharmonic Orchestra for Pete Townsend’s album Iron Man and recorded the bass in Scoop, White City and Deep End Live and was the musical director on the tour of The Who which celebrated their 25th anniversary of existence. In 1987 he joins Eurythmics for the recording and composition of the albums Revenge, We Too Are One and Peace, plays at their respective tours, he worked with Annie Lennox on her album Diva and subsequently participated in the recording of the album Red Hot and Blue to help the Aids victims. With Eurythmics, they participated at the concert celebrated at the Wembley Stadium to push the South African government to release Nelson Mandela. Chucho Merchán solo career De regreso a casa. Independent, 2007 Es ahora o nunca. Independent, 2009 Mundo al reves. Independent, 2011 Revolución de conciencia. Independent, 2013 El pueblo unido. Independent, 2015 El poder sagrado de la vida. Independent, 2017 Vystopía. Independent, 2018 Official website Chucho Merchán on IMDb