roberto tapia

Roberto Tapia is a chart-topping singer, multi-instrumentalist, and arranger of regional Mexican music. With a mellifluous tenor voice, his many narcocorridos have won him fame and fortune across Latin America, but he is also equally adept at singing banda, romanticos, and in the 2010s, mariachis. Tapia became well-known for his 2009 offering El Nino de la Tuna (that detailed the life of drug trafficker El Chapo Guzman), but his chart success is best defined by the eight Top 10 albums he released between 2010 and 2015, including El Muchacho and Mi Nina. In addition to arranging his own songs, he has also worked with Enrique IglesiasRomeo Santos, and Paulina Rubio. His 2017 album, Esto Es Sólo el Comienzo, was critically acclaimed for its meld of uptempo banda anthems and soulful norteño ballads.

Born in Southern California but raised in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, corrido singer Roberto Tapia entered the prestigious Sinaloa school called Difocur at a young age, where he studied clarinet. While mastering the instrument he was reluctant to showcase his talents. But after coaxing from friends and family, he began performing at various dance halls and receptions. At 17, he made his professional debut in Tijuana, Mexico alongside el Lobito de Sinaloa.