Los Tigres del Norte was formed by Jorge Hernández and his brothers, Hernán, Eduardo, Luis and their cousin, Oscar Lara. These five artists rose to fame with their 1972 hit “Contrabando y Traición.”
While the group has produced a number of corridos touching on sensitive topics, such as illegal immigration and the cross-border drug trade, “Contrabando y Traición” is especially cinematic and bold. The song is centered around a pair of lovers trafficking marijuana across the border, and this modern twist on a traditional Spanish ballad defines Los Tigres del Norte’s distinctive sound.
Los Tigres del Norte often incorporates real life scenarios into their music, striking a chord with people across the Americas. Many of their most popular songs are tales about life, love and the struggles that come with living in an imperfect world. The band and its loyal audience have turned Norteño music into an international genre, infusing it with bolero, cumbia, rock rhythms and waltzes.
Los Tigres del Norte has an impressive repertoire, which includes more than 50 albums with more than 500 songs, and they have features in more than a dozen films. The band holds seven Grammy Awards, including their most recent award in 2015 for Best Regional Mexican Music Album.