Slacker Logo


Natalia Lafourcade

One of the more colorful and charismatic pop artists to emerge in Mexico during the early 2000s, Natalia Lafourcade debuted in 2003 with a fascinating solo effort before switching to a rock band format, Natalia y la Forquetina, and proved herself worthy of acclaim in whatever guise she chose. Born Natalia Lafourcade Silva on February 26, 1984, in Mexico City, she took an early interest in music as her parents were musicians. She knew at an early age that she wanted to become an artist, and over the course of her childhood she studied accordingly: painting, theater, and music, including such instruments as flute, guitar, piano, and saxophone, as well as singing. Though she attended a Catholic middle school, Instituto Anglo Español, Lafourcade spent several years living with her mother in Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico, where they both studied music. Some of her cited contemporary influences are Fiona Apple, Björk, Café Tacuba, and Zuco 103. With time, Lafourcade was taken under the wing of Loris Ceroni, a well-regarded Italian producer perhaps best known for his work with Alejandra Guzman. Recording at Le Dune Estudios in Italy, he produced the bulk of what would later be released by Sony Norte as Natalia Lafourcade (2003), with the remainder of the album produced by Aureo Baqueiro back in Mexico. An eclectic, free-spirited album encompassing everything from gentle bossa nova-style acoustic guitar to hard-hitting dance beats, often within the same song, Natalia Lafourcade is a fascinating album of pop confetti anchored by well-written songs and charismatic singing. It found a captive audience in Mexico, generating four hit singles ("En el 2000," "Busca un Problema," "Elefantes," "Te Quiero Dar"), topping the album chart, and going three-times platinum. Moreover, it wasn't only consumers who were captivated by the album, as Lafourcade earned four Latin Grammy nominations for her debut effort: Song of the Year ("En el 2000"), Best New Artist, Best Rock Solo Vocal Album, and Best Rock Song ("En el 2000"). She also earned a standard Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. In 2004, the following year, Lafourcade assembled a four-piece rock band, Natalia y la Forquetina, also comprising Alonso (drums, programming), Chanona (guitar, bass guitar), and Yuno (accordion, keyboards). Fernando Eimbcke, a filmmaker who had directed the video for "En el 2000," invited Lafourcade and her new band to record a song for the soundtrack to his film Temporada de Patos (2004). The song "Un Pato" is a reinterpretation of a traditional bossa nova, "O Pato," and it marked the debut of Natalia y la Forquetina. Meanwhile, the band worked on a full-length album with producer Emmanuel del Real, aka Meme, from the band Café Tacuba, and also with Baqueiro once again. The resulting album, Casa (2005), is indeed the product of a genuine rock band, with surging electric guitars driving many of the songs. Though considerably more one-dimensional than Lafourcade's self-titled debut, and not quite as successful, Casa nonetheless spun off some hits, topped the album chart, went platinum in Mexico, and won a Latin Grammy for Best Rock Album by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Furthermore, the band arrangement facilitated Lafourcade's emergence as a concert performer, and indeed, she took Natalia y la Forquetina on the road, touring extensively throughout Mexico over the course of a year. Their last show was August 18, 2006, after which Lafourcade disbanded la Forquetina and resumed her solo career with the classical EP Las 4 Estaciones del Amor (2008). She then returned to pop with the Grammy-nominated Hu Hu Hu (2009) and Mujer Divina: Homenaje a Agustín Lara (2012), as well as Hasta la Raíz (2015). The latter recording hit the top of the Mexican albums chart and peaked at number on the Top Latin Albums list. It also won two Latin Grammys, including Album of the Year and Best Alternative Music Album. Its title track took home both the Song of the Year and Best Alternative Song awards. ~ Jason Birchmeier
Read More Read Less

Stations Featuring
Natalia Lafourcade

Albums by
Natalia Lafourcade

Top Songs by
Natalia Lafourcade

  1.   Song
  2.   Hasta La Raíz
  3.   En el 2000
  4.   Te Quiero Dar
  5.   Mi Lugar Favorito
  6.   Let's Get Out
  7.   Otra Vez
  8.   Mañana Olvidaré
  9.   Amor, Amor De Mis Amores
  10.   Mujer Divina
  11.   Hawaii - Bombay
  12.   Look Outside
  13.   Ella Es Bonita
  14.   Otoño
  15.   Nunca Es Suficiente
  16.   Coplas Guajiras
  17.   Farolito
  18.   Mango
  19.   Aventurera
  20.   Suelo
  21.   Elefantes
  22.   Me Voy de Casa
  23.   Duele
  24.   No Más Llorar
  25.   Lo Que Construimos
  26.   Vámonos Negrito
  27.   Te Quiero Ver
  28.   Palomas Blancas
  29.   Ya No Te Puedo Querer
  30.   Antes de Huir
  31.   Para Qué Sufrir
  32.   Azul by Leonel García
  33.   Piensa en Mí by Paco Familiar
  34.   María Bonita
  35.   Limosna
  36.   Running Too Fast
  37.   Niño Hojas
  38.   Hu Hu Hu
  39.   Azul
  40.   Amarte Duele
  41.   Casa
  42.   En Tus Ojos
  43.   Cuando Todo Cambia
  44.   Solamente Te lo Doy a Ti
  45.   Tic Tac
  46.   Noche Divina
  47.   El Destino
  48.   Introducción
  49.   O Pato (Un Pato)
  50.   Slowly by Leiva
  51.   Estoy Lista
  52.   Imposible
  53.   La Cigarra
  54.   Siempre Prisa
  55.   No Viniste
  56.   Hora de Compartir
  57.   Cursis Melodías
  58.   Gusano
  59.   Oración Caribe
  60.   Invierno
  61.   Con las Hojas las Hormigas
  62.   Si No Pueden Quererte
  63.   Partir de Mí
  64.   Busca un Problema
  65.   El Amor Acaba
  66.   La Fugitiva
  67.   Y Todo Para Que
  68.   Primavera
  69.   En Direccíón Contraria
  70.   Cuarto Encima
  71.   Georgina
  72.   Ser Humano
  73.   Piensa En Mí
  74.   Verano
  75.   El Amor Es Rosa
  76.   Tiempo al Viento
  77.   Morir Y Renacer
  78.   Mirame, Mirate
  79.   Alimento de la Vida
  80.   Saul
  81.   Un Lugar Para Renacer
  82.   En el Dos Mil
  83.   Jardín by Liquits
  84.   El Amor Es Rosa by Forquetina
  85.   Casa by Forquetina
  86.   Ser Humano by Forquetina
  87.   O Pato by Forquetina
  88.   Tú Sí Sabes Quererme