Los Bukis Biography

Formed in the mid-70s in Ario de Rosales, Michoacan, Mexico, the name of this band translates colloquially as ‘little kids’. Founding members were cousins Marco Antonio Solís (29 December 1959, Ario De Rosales, Michoacán, Mexico; vocals), and Joel Solis (b. 24 December 1956, Ario De Rosales, Michoacán, Mexico; guitar), who had earlier worked together at Los Hermanitos. Over the next few years, other band members included José Javier Solís (percussion), Roberto Guadarrama (b. 19 May 1960, Chalchihuites, Zacatecas, Mexico; keyboards), Pepe Guadarrama (b. Chalchihuites, Zacatecas, Mexico; percussion/saxophones), Eusebio Cortez (b. 16 December 1958, Mexico City, Mexico; bass), and Pedro Sánchez (b. 27 August 1957, Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico; drums). The band’s repertoire included both traditional and contemporary Latin pop, with the music of the members’ native land being especially prominent. Their debut album included an original, the title track ‘Falso Amor’, which became a hit single, while other songs, many of them originals by Marco Antonio Solís, included ‘Navidad Sin Ti’ and ‘Necesito Una Compañera’. Apart from successful singles the group’s albums also sold well, with Tu Carcel exceeding one million copies.

Early in the band’s career, José Javier Solís embarked upon a solo career and while this did not adversely affect Los Bukis, the mid-90s departure of Marco Antonio Solís prompted disbandment. He briefly used the name El Buki but then, by mutual agreement, the name was abandoned by all parties and the band, without Marco Antonio Solís, continued as Los Mismos.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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