Kabah (band)

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OriginMexico City, Mexico
GenresLatin pop
Years active1992–2005, 2015-present
LabelsUniversal Music (1992-2000)
Warner Music (2001-2004)
Sony BMG (2005; 2015)
Associated actsOV7, LemonGrass
MembersMaria José Loyola
René Ortiz Martinez
Federica Quijano Tapia
André Quijano Tapia
Daniela Magun
Sergio Ortiz O'Farril

Kabah is a Mexican group based in Mexico City. It was formed in 1992 and disbanded in 2005. In 2015, they reunited and went on tour with OV7 titled "Ov7 Kabah Tour." They were named after the Maya archeological site.



Kabah was formed in 1992 by Federica Quijano and her brother Andres. Their cousin Sergio O'Farrill was next to be added to the group, and later their neighbor and friend Maria José. At the time there were many pop groups in Mexico with four members, so Federica and André decided to add longtime friends René and Daniela, bringing the total to six.

Shortly after the addition of these final two members, they did a cover for the group The Party. The song was called Encontré El Amor (I Found Love). Shortly after the release of Encontré El Amor, the group recorded this and another song, Somos Tan Differentes (We are so different) at Gil Brothers studios, forming a two song demo tape

Eager to show their talent, they were given the chance to sing their two songs at a popular club. However, they were ill received by the audience and ultimately booed off the stage. Their second show came at the end of 1993 at a kindergarten where Federica worked as a teacher's assistant. For this show, they remade their two songs, giving them a more child friendly feel. This event marked their careers, as they realized they could find greater favor among younger audiences.

Despite their hopes however, they were initially turned down by several producers, such as Cha, Claudio Yarto and Aleks Syntek. It was not until Federica accidentally came across the phone number for Televisa that they found success. After calling Luis de Llano, the only music producer of the network, they were asked to come in for a meeting.

Luis told them about a singing talent show called Valores Juveniles, and suggested they spend a few months practicing for it. They then signed a contract for one album with Polygram Music, and soon after their first album, Kabah, was finished. They then went on to win the talent show with their first song, "Encontré El Amor." The album, which was officially released in 1994, contained four songs written by the group and was a success among the younger population.


The first album was such a success that Polygram Music decided to sign them and gave them a contract to make two more albums. They started recording a second album which would be titled La Calle De Las Sirenas (The Street Of The Mermaids). It was released in 1996 and was recorded in Los Angeles. La calle de Las Sirenas opened many doors for the group, and carried them to international fame.

1998's Esperanto followed, selling a record of 100,000 copies in the first week. It featured the singles "Mai, Mai", "Una Ilusión", and "Esperanto". The next follow-up, XNE, led the group to a more conceptualized image and somewhat darker sound. It also contained the theme song for the Mexican soap opera Amigas y Rivales.

In 2002, they returned to a lighter sound with La Vida Que Va, which was recorded in Norway under the Warner Music label and produced by Ole Evenrude. La Vuelta al Mundo, was released in 2003, and the band's final album, El Pop, was released in 2005. El Pop featured acoustic versions of a few of their greatest-hits, as well as two new songs. A farewell tour took them all across North America, concluding with a final show on December 31, 2005 on the bay of Acapulco, Mexico.


Late in 2014 Kabah announced, along with OV7, a reunion tour scheduled for 2015.[1] The tour has been a major success in Mexico and Latin America with over 60 shows played all over more than 20 cities around Mexico.



  • Kabah (1994)
  • La Calle de las Sirenas (1996)
  • Esperanto (1998)
  • XNE (2000)
  • La Vida Que Va (2002)
  • La Vuelta al Mundo (2003)
  • El Pop (2005)
  • El Pop Ha Muerto, Viva El Pop (2005)


Most of Kabah's former members are still active.

María José, better known as "Josa", released her solo album on March 30, 2007 for the record label Warner Music. The album includes 10 songs, 2 reworked versions of her first single, and one remix of 'Habla Menos'. The first single, 'Quien Eres Tu' (Who Are You) debuted on December 16, 2006.

Sergio O'Farrill, Nickname "Blu", is an accomplished Designer/Developer, Skydiver and has his own solo project called Moroccoblu. The release of his debut album was expected in 2009 but it was not released. He continues to release songs through his Soundcloud page

Federica Quijano Tapia starred in the movie Pamela, which will be released in theaters in 2007. Since Federica is interested in helping new musical talent, she also founded La Gotera Producciones, a company focused on helping young musicians. After it was made public that she had nude scenes in "Pamela", Penthouse approached her with a contract offer. Federica appeared on the cover of Penthouse for February 2007 issue. In 2007 and 2008 Federica was a host on Exa TV's program KIU. KIU is a TV show dedicated to inform young adults about sexuality.

Daniela Magun, "La Dana", currently works as co-host for Pepsi Chart Mexico. She is also the spokeswomen for Mexico Vivo, a charity organization focused on informing people about HIV and AIDS.


  1. ^ "OV7 y Kabah harán gira en 2015 por el país como regalo a sus fans". notiespectaculos.info. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.

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