Nor-Tec Rifa! Electronic Dance Music From Tijuana to the World

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Nor-Tec Rifa! is an electronic dance music project from Tijuana, Mexico. The music is a fusion of Nortec (a subgenre of techno that originated in Tijuana in the late 1990s), cumbia, and other traditional Mexican and Latin American music styles.


Nor-Tec is a sub-genre of electronic music that originated in Tijuana, Mexico in the late 1990s. It is a fusion of Norteño, Tecno, Cumbia and electronic dance music. The style is characterized by its fast tempo and synthesized melodies. It is often played at raves and nightclubs in Mexico and the United States.

Nor-Tec artists typically use a variety of electronic instruments, including drum machines, synthesizers and samplers. They often incorporate traditional Mexican musical elements into their songs, such as Mariachi horns and Mexican folk instruments. Nor-Tec music has been influenced by a wide range of musical styles, including Norteño, Techno, Cumbia, Hip Hop and Electronic Dance Music.

What is Nor-Tec?

Nor-Tec is a type of electronic dance music that originated in Tijuana, Mexico. It is characterized by its fast tempo and heavy use of synthesizers and drum machines. Nor-Tec is often referred to as “electro-nor-tec” or “Tijuana techno.”

Nor-Tec first gained popularity in the early 2000s, when a number of local nightclubs began featuring it. In 2003, the first Nor-Tec album was released, and the following year, a documentary about the genre was released. Since then, Nor-Tec has gained a global following, with fans in countries as far away as Japan and Australia.

Origins of Nor-Tec

Nor-Tec, also known as Nortec or Norteño-Tecno, is a subgenre of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) that originated in Tijuana, Mexico in the early 2000s. It is a fusion of traditional Mexican music such as Norteño and Banda, with Techno and House. The name “Nor-Tec” is a portmanteau of “Norteño” and “Techno”.

Nor-Tec developed out of the “trill music” scene in Tijuana, which was popular among working-class youth in the early 2000s. Trill music was a mix of Hip Hop, Reggaeton, and Electronic Dance Music, often with samples of traditional Mexican music. Nor-Tec producers began to experiment with incorporating traditional Mexican instruments and samples into their tracks, creating a unique fusion genre.

While Nor-Tec initially remained popular only in Tijuana and other parts of Mexico, it has since gained global popularity, particularly in Europe and Japan. Nor-Tec artists have been featured at international music festivals such as Glastonbury and SXSW. If you’re lucky enough to catch a live Nor-Tec show, you’ll be in for an energetic and unforgettable experience!

The Nor-Tec Scene

Nor-tec, also known as tecno cholo, is a type of electronic dance music (EDM) that originated in Tijuana, Mexico in the early 2000s. The sound is a unique blend of Mexican and American EDM styles, with a heavy emphasis on synthesizers and drum machines. Nor-tec artists often use samples of traditional Mexican music in their tracks, giving the genre a distinctively regional flavor.

The Nor-tec scene is centered around clubs like Velvet Monkey and Clubure in Tijuana, which host weekly events featuring local and international DJs. The genre has also gained popularity in other parts of Mexico, as well as in the United States and Europe. In recent years, Nor-tec music has been featured in various film and television productions, including the 2016 film “Narcos: Mexico.”

Notable Nor-Tec Artists

Nor-Tec, also known as Nortec, is a type of electronic music that originated in Tijuana, Mexico. The music is a blend of various genres, including techno, house, and traditional Mexican music.

The style was pioneered by the group Nortec Collective, which was formed in the late 1990s. The collective consisted of several producers and DJs, including Bostich, Fussible, Closer Musik, Panoptica Orchestra, and Hugg & Pepp.

Nortec Collective’s first album, “The Tijuana Sessions Vol. 1”, was released in 2001 and was followed by two more albums: “The Tijuana Sessions Vol. 2” (2004) and “Todos los Nortecs del Mundo” (2006). The group’s sound has been described as “a cross between Kraftwerk and a Mariachi band”.

Since the early 2000s, Nortec has gained popularity both in Mexico and abroad. In 2009, Bostich & Fussible were nominated for a Grammy Award for their album “Tocame”. In 2012, they won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Electronic Album for their album “Corridos Urbanos”.

Today, there are many popular Nortec artists who are keeping the sound alive. Some of the most notable include Bostich+Fussible, Panoptica Orchestra, Clorofila, Hondura, Fussible+Rafael atopiCAsoundsysteM,, NofuturistSounD,,and many more.

The Future of Nor-Tec

Nor-Tec, also known as Nortec, is a genre of electronic music that emerged in the late 1990s in Tijuana, Mexico. It is a fusion of techno and traditional Mexican music, and is often characterized by its use of Mexican musical elements such as mariachi horns and ranchera vocals.

Nor-Tec has gained popularity in both Mexico and the United States, and has been featured in major international music festivals such as Coachella and Lollapalooza. In recent years, the genre has begun to gain traction in Europe as well.

The future of Nor-Tec looks promising, as the genre continues to evolve and gain international recognition. With its unique blend of Mexican musical elements and cutting-edge electronic production, Nor-Tec is sure to continue winning over fans around the world for years to come.

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