Monday, 16 February 2009 04:05

Grupo La Cima: new CD in March

Grupo La Cima has been busy in recent months working on a new CD. Percussionist Eduardo Zuniga says the new CD should be out in March.

According to Zuniga, the group is producing about "two songs a month. We're making good

 progress. We expect to have a 12-track CD real soon."

As yet there is no title for the new CD, which will be released on the group's GMG Record label. The band's previous CD was released in 2007, and titled "Sera Mejor."

Meantime, fans can check out the group playing Thursdays and Sundays at La Bikina nightclub on St. Marys. And also on Saturdays at Tequila Nightclub at San Pedro and Mio. And meanwhile, while we wait on more details on the new CD,...

The following is a July 2005 feature on Grupo La Cima that originally ran in the Houston Chronicle.


New group La Cima inject a fresh spin in tradition-bound norteño with melodic harmonies and folk-pop rhythms. 

La Cima's sophomore album “Una Oportunidad,” is a 10-track set of bright, acoustic-leaning ballads to expand the growing norteno/Tejano subgenre or what some call nortenñ progressive. In recent years it has become a crowded field with newcomers like Duelo, La Costumbre, Solido, Notable, Zinzerro, Iman and Intenso. 

All these relatively young groups are harvesting a field first laid fertile in the mid'90s by heavyhitters Intocable, Michael Salgado and Grupo Limite. Before then, groups were either norteno or Tejano, never a mix. 

La Cima singer Ramiro Garza said the group's objective was finding a way to make norteño vibrant for younger audiences. 

“We have a lot of respect for the norteño legends,” he said in his native Spanish. “But our challenge in the studio, was trying to make fresh, young music for the norteño crowd.” 

The group is San Antonio-based, but all the members (all 25 or younger) are originally from Monterrey, Mexico. The rest of the band is Miguel Arizpe, bajo sexto; Israel Zúñiga, drums; Rubén López, bass; and Eduardo Zúñiga, percussions. 

Their music, especially their latest single “Te Extrano, Te Olvido, Te Amo,” is beginning to be heard at local regional Mexican stations like KLEY-FM and KSAH-AM. 

“You would think that a band so young and with such talent, would prefer to play the new sound of the cumbia, like the Kumbia Kings or Aniceto Molina,” said veteran KLEY-FM DJ Bird Rodriguez. “But the group's emerging success goes to show that norteño music is going to still be around for a long time to come, but with the fresh touch of these young groups. 

“These new groups are doing for norteno, what Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and others did for country music back in the ‘90s.” 

The quintet wears the matching western outfits associated with traditional norteño, but that's there the similarities end. 

 In contrast, La Cima takes a page from Intocable's song template and experiments with slow, rock intros and boy band vocal harmonies to create a robust mix of old and new. 

The first single “Te Extrano, Te Olvido, Te Amo,” is a cover of Ricky Martin's 1995 hit. They reworked the pop tune into a tough, blues-drenched norteño ballad. The band recalls Ramon Ayala on the gloomy bolero “Dime que Fallo.” Garza conveys the sense of dread in this melancholy tune about looking for a cause in the aftermath of a breakup. 

Grupo Limite's strength was their blend of norteño rhythms with pop hooks on winning radio-friendly hits such as “Te Aproveches” and “Juguete.” La Cima creates the same fire on “Prometiste,” a catchy tune driven by happy-go-lucky rhythms with its ironic lyrics about being taken for a ride. 

Not everything they touch here works but this CD is still a keeper. Garcia is a competent singer but not yet easily distinctive. His vocals emote best on the slower, bluesier tunes like “Como Duele” and “Quien Sera.” 

The latter, written by noted songwriter Juan Treviño, is the next radio single. With its mellow rhythms, sing-along choruses and bittersweet lyrics, it represents La Cima's signature sound. 

“The song is about our memory. About how it hurts every time I think about you,” Garza said. “How it hurts so much and that it is a pain that I can't get rid of it, that I can't even breathe. 

“I like this song because it can be about a girlfriend, or it can even be about a father, a mother. It could relate to a lot of people and I'm very excited about this single.” 

The tune has been contracted for use in commercials for phone cards by Option Communications. 

For Garza, the drive to generate a fresh sound has not been without obstacles. While they have footholds n a few radio markets, widespread radio play remains elusive. 

Yet he remains unfazed. 

“We wanted to be sure that people they didn't confuse us with the other bands. I guess the most important thing was to be original. We want that every time they hear La Cima on the radio, they know it's us.” 

(Ramiro Burr covers the music scene at For questions or comments, call him at (210) 822-6089 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  )