In 2006, Marco Antonio Guerrero debuted as the main vocalist of Grupo 5, being recognized for being the voice of the songs “Eres mi bien”, “Ingrata” and “Me enamoré de ti y qué”. However, his time in the cumbia orchestra lasted only three years, since he was fired in the middle of the concert and never returned.
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The vocalist of the Grupo de Oro del Perú has earned the affection and recognition of the public, however, he had to fight to get to where he is.
After being removed from the group, Marco Antonio joined the Yaipén Brothers, Grupo América, Agua Marina and spent a short period in the Candela Orchestra. He developed as a soloist, although he did not achieve the same success that he had with the ‘Orquesta de Oro del Perú’. Today, he continues to try his hand at solo.
He never explained why he was fired from Group 5, where he had become the preferred voice of the public. This 2023, in an interview with Carlos Orozco, Marco Antonio explained how Elmer ‘Chico’ Yaipén hired him and eventually fired him himself.
Marco Antonio Guerrero as part of Group 5, in 2007.
Before joining Grupo 5, the Peruvian musician had faced a difficult economic situation, since his work as a salsa singer was not giving him results. “They paid me 15 soles an hour,” he recounted. He resigned and did everything to join a cumbia orchestra, a genre that was played on all the radios.
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He managed to get the attention of Internacional Privados and was about to sign a contract, when Elmer ‘Chico’ Yaipén showed up at his house to offer him to sing in Group 5, since Lucho Paz was leaving the band and there was a free spot.
Marco Antonio spent three years as the vocalist of Grupo 5.
At that time, Marco Antonio Guerrero did not give him a definitive answer. Although he was excited by the proposal, he was not sure about going to live in Monsefú, much less rejecting Internacional Privados, since they were the first to give him the opportunity to sing under a contract of $1,000 a month.
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However, the same owner of Internacional Privados told him that Group 5 was for him and that it was better to accept the other proposal. It was thus that Marco Antonio joined the group. “That’s where it all begins, I went to Monsefú and witnessed how ‘Chico’ fought for the group. He is the brain of Group 5, without detracting from the talent of the others, ”he said.
Marco Antonio explained that he was fired from Group 5 for his indiscipline and immaturity at the time. The good salary that he had, the fame, the tours and the continuous parties that he attended made the musician lose the direction of his life, something that ended up tiring Elmer Yaipén.
“I behaved badly and with just reason I did not return. ‘Chico’ kicked me out because he was saturated with my tardiness, he was very careless, he drove me crazy (earning more money), he wasn’t aware. I didn’t even enjoy it, I wasn’t living in the moment, I was just flying. I think that happens to many people who are not prepared, but it is something that the years teach you, ”he said.
He revealed that the then leader of Group 5 couldn’t take it anymore and, in the middle of the musical presentation, asked him to leave the orchestra. “He fired me in full concert, in front of his family and everyone who agreed (with him leaving),” he recounted.
Marco Antonio Guerrero explained that after the awkward moment, Elmer Yaipén approached him to sort things out and to ask him to come back. However, the cumbiambero did not accept because he knew well that the Yaipén family did not agree with his return to the band.
Marco Antonio and the reason why he did not return to Group 5.
The musician acknowledged that he continued with the excesses in the subsequent bands that he joined, earning himself the fame of “ladies’ man”, “late” and “drunk”. This changed when Higinio Capuñay, a radio businessman, gave him life advice after witnessing his immaturity.
“He told me something that made me reflect. She told me ‘I too have been young and missed many opportunities. I would have had everything I have now, much younger, if I had not made such mistakes. As you go, 10 years you will suffer and if after that time you continue (the same) it is because you are going to get used to those ideals. But I don’t think so, it’s 10 years. I don’t think you put up with that,’” she recalled.
Marco Antonio ended the interview by highlighting that Higinio Capuñay was always right, but that he does not regret anything he did, because bad experiences helped him grow as a person. He even wished Grupo 5 the best at their anniversary concert at the San Marcos Stadium.
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