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Sergio Vega
Birth name José Sergio Vega Cuamea
Also known as El Shaka
Born September 12, 1969(1969-09-12)
Origin Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico
Died June 26, 2010 (aged 40)
Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico[1]
Occupations Banda singer
Years active 1994–2010
Labels Joey Records
Website Sergio Vega

José Sergio Vega Cuamea (September 12, 1969 – June 26, 2010), better known by his stage name "El Shaka",[2] was a Mexican banda singer. He was born in Hornos, Sonora, located near Ciudad Obregón in Mexico.[3] On 26 June 2010, he was killed by gunfire in the Mexican state of Sinaloa after a car chase.[2][4][5][6][7] The assailants pursued Sergio Vega for a distance, shooting at him and his passenger Montiel Sergio Ávila 30 times.[4] He was killed and Ávila was seriously injured.[8] Vega had recently increased his security because of other celebrity deaths like Sergio Gómez.[2][9]



Vega, eighth of thirteen children, immigrated to the United States in the late 1980s.[10] In 1989, while living in Phoenix, Arizona, he and his brothers formed a group called Los Hermanos Vega,[10] which signed with Joey Records and had several hits such as "Corazón de Oropel" and "El Rayo de Sinaloa".[3][10]

In 1994, after five years with the group and following a falling out with his brothers,[3] Vega decided to leave, forming another group called Los Reyos del Norte,[3][10] and signing with Digital Universal. This group had hits such as "Las Parcelas de Mendoza", "El Dólar Doblado", "El Ayudante", "Olor a Hierba", "Eres mi Estrella", and "Ayúdame a Vivir". After three years under this name Vega decided, for publicity reasons, to change the name of his group to Sergio Vega y Sus Shakas Del Norte, which it has remained to the present day. Two of his most recent album releases included Me Gusta Estar Contigo (2004),[10][11] and Cuando El Sol Salga Al Reves (2007)[11] and his latest album El Jefe De Plazas (2008) with hits like "Disculpe Usted" and "Que Se Mueran Los Feos".


On June 26, 2010, Vega was murdered while on his way to perform at a village festival concert in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. Gunmen travelling in a truck drove alongside his red Cadillac and opened fire on the vehicle. They then reportedly fired shots at Vega's head and chest from close range. [12]

At the time of his death, rumours had been circulating online that he had already been killed.[12] Just hours before he was shot, Vega was interviewed for an article on entertainment website La Oreja, in which he confirmed he was still alive. "It's happened to me for years now, someone tells a radio station or a newspaper I've been killed, or suffered an accident," Vega told the website. "And then I have to call my dear mom, who has heart trouble, to reassure her," he explained. [12]

Vega was a singer of narcocorridos — ballads that celebrate the lives of drug dealers.[12][13] Musicians who play this kind of music in Mexico are known to sometimes become the targets of rival gangs.[12][13] At least seven of these musicians have been killed over the past three years in Mexico.[12]


  • 2000: Te quiero[11]
  • 2004: Me gusta estar contigo[11]
  • 2004: Serie Top 10[11]
  • 2005: Exitos eternos[11]
  • 2005: Corazón de oropel
  • 2006: Grandes canciones románticas[11]
  • 2006: Necesito dueña[11]
  • 2006: Puros madrazos: Rancheras y corridos[11]
  • 2007: Muchachita de ojos tristes
  • 2007: Dueño de ti [11]
  • 2007: Cuando el sol salga al revés[11]
  • 2009: Quién es usted[11]
  • 2009: Puras Cumbias[11]
  • 2010: Cosas raras (Single)
  • 2010: Rey de la Banda y Norteño[11]
  • 2010: Millonario de amor[11]


  1. ^ Confirmado: matan a Sergio Vega, El Universal (Mexico City), June 27, 2010 (Spanish)
  2. ^ a b c "Mexican Singer Sergio Vega Murdered". National Public Radio. June 28, 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Sergio Vega: The reports of his death were exaggerated... at first". The Independent, UK. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Matan a Sergio Vega, "El Shaka"" (in Spanish). El Universal (Mexico City). 29 de junio de 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Matan a Sergio Vega, "El Shaka"" (in English). El Universal (Mexico City). Google translate. 29 de junio 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Muerte de Sergio Vega El Shaka impacta a la música". El Informador. 28 de junio 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Muerte de Sergio Vega El Shaka impacta a la música" (in English). Google translate. 28 de junio 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  8. ^ Debate: Asesinan al cantante Sergio Vega en Barobampo
  9. ^ "Mexican singer El Shaka killed after denying his murder". BBC Online. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Sergio Vega Biography - AOL Music". AOL. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Sergio Vega Music Albums". AOL. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Mexican singer shot dead just hours after denying reports he had been murdered". Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "Sergio Vega News - Yahoo! Music". Yahoo!. Associated Press. June 29, 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 

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