Los Kumbia Kings – Mexican-American cumbia band
Los Kumbia Kings was created in 1999 by a famous musician Abraham Quintanilla, the brother of the tragically murdered singer Selena. The band immediately became famous and each new song reinforced their position. Unfortunately, the band members had many disagreements, which eventually lead to two breakups. However, Quintanilla always managed to get the band back together. The band’s lineup changed several times. After the final break-up in 2006, Quintanilla created a new group Kumbia All Starz together with a few members from the old group’s lineup.
In 1999, the band signed a contract with EMI Latin and released the debut album Amor, Familia y Respeto. The singles "Azúcar," "Fuiste Mala," "Se Fue Mi Amor," and "Reggae Kumbia" were very popular. The overwhelming number of hits allowed the LP to enter the top-10 of the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. The LP was nominated for several awards and won Billboard Latin Music Award for the Album of the year from a new artist.
In 2001, the Kings released a new album Shhh! The LP reached the second spot on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. With time, it moved up to the top. Among the popular singles from the LP were such songs as "Think'n About U," "Shhh!," "Boom Boom," "Mi Gente," and "Insomnio." While riding the popularity wave, the band released a remix album All Mixed Up: Los Remixes (2002). The hit single from the album "La Cucaracha" conquered Latin charts.