Ariel Camacho
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Ariel Camacho was a Mexican singer and songwriter. He was popular as the founder and lead vocalist/guitarist of the Regional Mexican music band, Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho now Los Plebes Del Rancho de Ariel Camacho. The band mostly sang original narcocorridos, songs that talked about Mexican drug lords and cartels. Camacho was also popular for his uniquely expressive style of playing the requinto guitar.

Among other things that added to Camacho’s fame were his good looks and appeal to the opposite sex. Unfortunately, the fast up and coming star was shut out too soon – at 22. Camacho did not even spend up to five years as a professional musician but his legacy lives on. Let’s get to know what brought him such lingering fame within a very short period.

Ariel Camacho’s Biography

He was born as José Ariel Camacho Barraza on 8 July 1992 in Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico. He, however, grew up in Angostura, Sinaloa where he started singing at the young age of twelve. Ariel also started playing the guitar from an early age. On completing high school, he started performing at various concerts in his hometown and its environs.

In 2013, Camacho teamed up with his friends, César Iván Sánchez, and Omar Burgos to form a music band. The trio named their band “Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho” which means “Ariel Camacho and the Guys from the Ranch”. Ariel had earlier met Sanchez a.k.a “El Tigre” while he was still in middle school. While the latter played the rhythm guitar as well as did backing vocals, Burgos a.k.a “El Cenizo” played the tuba. Ariel himself served as the lead vocalist while also playing the twelve-string guitar (Requinto). The band’s unconventional combination of music instruments (guitar, requinto, and tuba) became instrumental to their quick rise to popularity. Moreover, their keeping up with the classical legacies of earlier musicians of their genre also added to their fame.

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The group signed to DEL Records after which they released several albums/songs including El Karma (2014), “Toro Encartado”, “Te Metiste”, “Rey de Corazones”, and later Hablemos (2015). They also performed at various concerts, earning much popularity in both in their locality and on social media. The group also collaborated with other established singers and musicians among whom were Marca Registrada, Regulo Caro, and Grupo Fernandez.

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Ariel Camacho’s Sudden Death

Unfortunately, Camacho’s success was soon cut short as death snatched him away through a ghastly car accident. The gory incident occurred on the 25th of February, 2015 along the Angostura-La Reforma highway close to Sinaloa while the Mexican singer was returning from the Carnaval de Mocorito music festival around 2 a.m. It happened that Camacho was driving alongside three others in a 1994 model of a Honda Accord car when he lost control of the vehicle. He died on impact alongside two others while the other one person sustained injuries. Some other sources, however, reported that two persons instead of one survived the ghastly accident.

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Reports following the incident indicated that Camacho was overspeeding before the car veered off the road and crashed into a canal. Sadly, Ariel Camacho had the previous day, invited fans to his upcoming U.S concert scheduled to hold early in March 2015. The Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho frontman died at the age of 22. His death was, however, not the death of his band as his bandmates have not let the candle to go off. They have continued to produce songs and hold concerts but only renamed the group “Los Plebes Del Rancho de Ariel Camacho” in honor of their late leader.

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Family Facts About The Mexican Singer-Songwriter

– Ariel Camacho was born to Benito Camacho Sanchez (father) and Reynalda Armida Barraza (mother). He also had a sister named Kenia Camacho.

– Ariel’s family are very supportive of his music career both in life and in death. After his sudden and tragic demise, his father Benito later joined his band to make a song titled “Recuerden Mi Estilo” in 2016.

– Late Camacho’s family members also join Los Plebes Del Rancho de Ariel Camacho to commemorate him and his achievements since after his death. Alongside his band, fans, friends, and well-wishers, the Camachos perform the annual ritual of holding a solemn memorial ceremony at the late singer’s grave every 25th February.

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