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About Enigma Norteño

Enigma Norteño are a regional Mexico group from Culiacán, Sinaloa, who broke through to stateside success in 2010 with the hit singles "El Ondeado (M1)" and "Aunque Sea en Silencio (Cuatro Paredes)." Known for their Sinaloense musical style, in particular their narcocorridos, Enigma Norteño are a quartet comprised of Ernesto Barajas (bass, vocals), Humberto Pérez (guitar, vocals), Freddy Hernández (accordion), and José Baldenegro (drums). They made their full-length album debut with El Jardinero (2004), followed by Infiel (2007) and La Invitación (2008). Stateside success came with their fourth album, Corridos de Altura (2009), which spawned the singles "El Ondeado (M1)" and "El Sr. Mayo Zambada," the former of which proved especially popular, reaching the Top 40 of the Regional Mexican Airplay chart. Enigma Norteño's fifth album, Juego Prohibido (2010), was an even greater success, spawning the Top 20 hit "Aunque Sea en Silencio (Cuatro Paredes)," plus a couple other promotional singles, "Chavo Felix" and "Iván y Viene." Following a live album, En Vivo Desde Culiacán, Sinaloa (2011), Enigma Norteño released the albums Y Si Supieras (2011) and Generales de Batalla (2012), featuring the respective singles "El Mayito Gordo" and "Los Lujos," and the Regional Mexican Airplay chart hits "Que Seas Feliz" and "Se Te Olvidos." While 2013's Diferentes Niveles did not chart, "Calla y Me Besas," the first single and opening track from 2014's Enemigo en Casa, hit number four at Regional Mexican Airplay. While sales numbers were respectable, the band made most of its money not only from touring -- which they did relentlessly -- but from views of their YouTube videos, which numbered in the millions. Two compilations followed: La Vida del Rey, which netted the number 35 single "Que No Diera," and the live Puras Rancheritas Pisteables; the studio Van a Querer Mas? followed in 2016. Neither charted but both did well at social media and streaming. They rocketed back to the charts with the Top 20 airplay single "Batallandola" from 2017's De Aqui Soy. ~ Jason Birchmeier

Sinaloa, Mexico

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