Ariel Camacho

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Ariel Camacho
Birth nameJosé Ariel Camacho Barraza
Also known asLa Tuyia, El Rey de Corazones, El Mentado, el Rey del Requinto
Born(1992-07-08)July 8, 1992
Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico
DiedFebruary 25, 2015(2015-02-25) (aged 22)
Angostura, Sinaloa, Mexico
GenresRegional Mexican
InstrumentsVocals, Requinto
Years active2012–2015
LabelsJG MUSIC (2013–2014), DEL Records (2014–2015)
Associated actsLos Plebes del Rancho

José Ariel Camacho Barraza (July 8, 1992 – February 25, 2015)[1] was a Mexican singer-songwriter who performed in the Regional Mexican genre.[2] He was leader of his group, Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho and was signed to DEL Records.[3]


Ariel Camacho was born to Benito Camacho and Reynalda Barraza on July 8, 1992 in Guamuchil, Sinaloa.[4] He started singing at the age of 12 in Angostura, Sinaloa. When he was in middle school, he met César Iván Sánchez, who played guitar and did back up vocals. Camacho later sought to expand his group and found a tuba player, Omar Burgos. His first concert was held in Tijuana, in which he played for more than 40,000 people. He quickly became known for his expressive way of playing the requinto (12 string guitar). He became known as "La Tuyia"[A] due to a childhood nickname given to him by his grandfather because his guitar was much bigger than him. He decided to form a band in the start of 2013. His band "Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho" consisted of "El Tigre", Cesar Sánchez (rhythm guitar and backing vocals) and Omar Burgos, "El Cenizo" (tuba). Camacho was the lead singer and played lead guitar (Requinto) in the band. His band quickly became known due to their unusual combination of standard guitar, requinto, and tuba. Among their most successful songs were "Hablemos", "Te Metiste", "El Karma" and "Rey de Corazones". He was later nicknamed "El Rey de Corazónes" after releasing "Rey de Corazones" a song that quickly made his group known through social media. Camacho was praised for maintaining a classical element in his regional music by paying attention to the songwriters who had come before him such as Miguel y Miguel (Camacho's favorite artists). He was also a frequent collaborator with other corrido singers, including Grupo Fernandez, Marca Registrada, Los Traviesos De La Sierra and Regulo Caro.[4][5][6]


On February 25, 2015, Camacho and three other people were in a car accident on the road from Angostura, Sinaloa. Camacho was returning from a performance at a music festival, Carnaval de Mocorito. Camacho and two others died and one person was injured. They were riding in a 1994 Honda Accord when Camacho lost control. The accident reportedly occurred at two in the morning on highway Angostura- La Reforma. Camacho died on impact. It is unclear whether he was driving intoxicated although it was reported he was driving at excessive speed.[7] He had posted a video on his Facebook page a day before his death, inviting his fans and "all the beautiful ladies out there" to attend his next concert in March 2015. He died at the age of 22.[8][9]


Following his death, his group's song "El Karma" reached number one on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart in March and the album hit the TOP FIVE of the Latin albums chart.[10] Shortly after his death, his band "Los Plebes del Rancho" changed their name as a tribute to Camacho into "Los Plebes Del Rancho de Ariel Camacho."[11] They continue to make albums in honor of Camacho, like "Recuerden Mi Estilo", alongside Camacho's father, Benito Camacho. Many have paid tribute to Camacho through the use of songs such as Virlan Garcia with "Hasta el Cielo",[12] Los Traviezoz de la Zierra with "Mis Ultimos Momentos" and "Un Mentado Ariel." An album in tribute to Camacho was also released in 2017 called "Ariel Camacho Para Siempre" that features artists such as Gerardo Ortiz, Regulo Caro, and Revolver Cannabis.[13] Each year on the 25th of February in memory of Camacho, his band, family members, fans, and other artists come together at his grave to commemorate him. Ariel is now known by many as "El Rey del Requinto", "El Mentado", "Rey de Corazones" and of course "La Tuyia."


  • El Karma (2014)
  • Hablemos (2015)
  • Ariel Camacho Para Siempre (2017)[14]


  1. ^ a nickname meaning "You've made that guitar yours"[5]
  1. ^ Mérida, Janet (February 26, 2015). "Ariel Camacho, la trágica muerte de un cantante". El Universal. Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  2. ^ Cantor-Navas, Judy (February 25, 2015). "Regional Mexican Artist Ariel Camacho Dead at 22". Billboard. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Remembering Ariel Camacho, the 22-year-old star of Mexico's narcocorridos". Public Radio International. February 27, 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b Aragón, Hatdadiel (2015-02-26). "¿Quién era Ariel Camacho?". El Debate (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2016-10-15. Retrieved 16 October 2016. Desde pequeño le gustó cantar, en la primaria concursaba en eventos, por lo que su abuelo, que lo apodó la "Tuyia, porque la guitarra estaba más grande que él; hasta la fecha, sus amistades más cercanas le hablaban con su apodo.
  5. ^ a b "Ariel Camacho". DelRecords. Archived from the original on 15 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016. His style was so innovative that in the Évora River valley region, he became known as "La Tuyia," a nickname meaning "You've made that guitar yours."
  6. ^ "Ariel Camacho & Los Plebes Del Rancho". T4C: Top 40 Charts. Archived from the original on 2016-05-16. Retrieved 16 October 2016. He had been on tour with his group, whose name roughly translates as "the ranch's plebeians," promoting their album "El Karma."
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  8. ^ "Muere en accidente de tránsito el cantante Ariel Camacho". BBC UK. February 25, 2015. Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  9. ^ "Ariel Camacho, Lead Singer of Los Plebes del Rancho, Dies at 22". The New York Times. February 26, 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  10. ^ Mendizabal, Ariel (March 5, 2015). "Ariel Camacho's Death Leads to Hot Latin Songs No. 1". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
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