Mexico: Gun attack on American-Mexican ‘drug ballad’ singer
20-year-old ‘narcocorridos’ (‘drug ballad’) singer Gerardo Ortiz escaped unharmed when gunmen fired on his offroad minivan in the western state of Colima, but his driver and business agent were killed, and a woman travelling in the vehicle was wounded.
Gerardo Ortiz and his party were traveling on the outskirts of Colima city, the state capital, when they were intercepted by gunmen armed with AK-47 assault rifles, the state Attorney General’s Office said in a statement. Within seconds of the shooting, men arrived at the scene to rush the Ortiz and his father to safety, the official statement said.
Songs about drug traffickers A note on the singer’s web site said he was “devastated and dismayed” by the attack, adding: “For obvious reasons, he will not give interviews to any media outlet.”
Gerardo Ortiz was born in Pasadena, California, and now resides in the United States, but Gerardo Ortiz was raised in Mexico, spending part of his youth in the western state of Sinaloa.
The singer has told interviewers that he began writing songs while still a youngster, often inspired by newspaper stories about the activities of drug traffickers and cartel gunslingers. Sung to traditional folk melodies and rhythms, ballads about drug lords, known as ‘narcocorridos’, are a thriving subgenre of Mexican popular music.