• Mexico: Narcocorrido musician killed for singing to the wrong cartel

    On 3 March 2017, Rolando Arellano Sánchez, a member of the narcocorrido band Contacto, was shot and killed by cartel members who were waiting for him outside the house of another member of the band in Tijuana city, reported Univision on 5 March 2017. Sánchez, the 22-year-old guitarist and back-up vocalist of the band, was […]
  • Mexico: Two more states ban narcocorridos

    The governors of the states of Sinaloa and Coahuila are imposing restrictions on public performances of narcocorridos and movimiento alterado artists, joining the state of Chihuahua, which was the first state in the newest round to ban narcocorridos beginning in 2015. There are now three states in Mexico imposing limitations to these music genres, which […]
  • Mexico: Musicians abducted, one killed

    After midnight of 17 November 2015, the narcocorridos band Los 4 Herederos was attacked in the town of Taray in the state of Jalisco. One of the musicians was killed. An armed commando in three trucks intercepted the band’s pickup truck and violently kidnapped the members of the band as they were on their way […]
  • Mexico: City bans ‘narcocorridos’ after shooting at concert leaves two dead

    The Chihuahua city council has banned the performance and distribution of a genre of music known as ‘narcocorridos’ – songs whose lyrics are inspired by drug trafficking and organised crime bosses – within city limits. The new law was implemented shortly after a shooting at a narcocorrido concert in the nearby city of Parral that […]
  • USA: MTV series documents power of music and art to ignite change

    Launched on 18 November 2013, the weekly series ‘Rebel Music’ on MTV’s collage-channel in the United States, mtvU, documents youth uprising and the power of music and art to ignite change in conflict areas around the world. “Revolution has a sound. Meet a new generation of fearless youth igniting change around the world.” Each of […]
  • Mexico: Drug ballads banned in Chihuahua

    In July 2013 alone, four musical acts have been fined for violating a law prohibiting the performance of songs in the genre – one which often heralds the exploits of drug cartel members. The latest target of such a fine was Alfredo Ríos, better known as ‘El Komander’, who held a show at a baseball […]
  • Mexico’s forbidden songs

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico’s forbidden songsCan a musical genre be considered so dangerous as to be banned from the radio? Yes, according to the authorities in some parts of Mexico who have forced radio stations to take action in an attempt to stamp out the culture of “narco corridos”, which they accuse of glamorising drug trafficking […]
  • Mexico: Several musicians brutally killed

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico:Several musicians brutally killed Several of the musicians from the Mexican group Kombo Kolombia who have been reported missing since 24 January, have been found dead. It is still uncertain how many band members that have been killed. Kombo Kolombia had been playing a gig in a private bar on Thursday 24 January […]
  • Mexico: ‘Narcocorridos’ can be sung again in Sinaloa

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico: ‘Narcocorridos’ can be sung again in Sinaloa On 14 February 2013, The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) in Mexico found that Sinaloa’s governor, Mario Lopez Valdez, had exceeded his powers when he created a legislation which banned public performances of ‘narcocorridos’, drug ballads. The court reversed the decision of […]
  • Mexico: Popular music group banned in Chihuahua

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico: Popular music group banned in Chihuahua Authorities in the capital of Mexico’s most violent state, Chihuahua, which lies on the U.S. border, has banned the popular group Los Tigres del Norte from performing in the city after the band sang ballads glorifying drug traffickers during their concerts. “The musical group will not […]
  • Mexico: Musician kidnapped and tortured

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico: Musician kidnapped and tortured Julio Cesar Leyva Beltran, a singer with the Mexican band Los Ciclones del Arroyo, was kidnapped and tortured after refusing to perform a song requested by a group of people at a party, police said according to several news media. 41-year-old Julio Cesar Leyva Beltran was abducted from […]
  • Mexico: Conductor kidnapped by drug cartel

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico: Conductor kidnapped by drug cartel In July 2011, a successful Mexican musician residing in Germany was abducted by gunmen while on holiday in northern Mexico. 36-year-old Rodolfo Cazares is a Mexican pianist and symphony conductor, leader of the Bremerhaven city orchestra in Germany. While visiting his parents in northern Mexico, Rodolfo Cazares […]
  • Mexico: ‘Drug ballad’ singer El Sapo killed in Juarez

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico: ‘Drug ballad’ singer killed in Juarez The lead singer of a narcocorridos band, 27-year-old El Sapo (real name: Francisco Dominguez Herrera) was executed by gunmen on a parking lot on 6 May 2011. Narcocorridos are ‘drug ballads’ that glorify the drug trade and trafficking. A Juárez official said police responded to a […]
  • Mexico: Ban on ‘drug ballads’ in Sinaloa state

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico: Ban on ‘drug ballads’ in Sinaloa state The congress of Sinaloa, one of Mexico’s 31 states, has banned the performance, interpretation and reproduction of narcocorridos — songs that glorify the drug trade and trafficking — in restaurants, nightclubs and bars This was reported by La Jornada correspondent Javier Valdez Cardenas on 18 […]
  • Mexico: ‘Drug ballad’ singer Sergio Vega killed by gunmen

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico:‘Drug ballad’ singer Sergio Vega killed by gunmen Joining a recent string of murdered musicians, some of them famous for crooning so-called ‘narco ballads’ – ‘narcocorridos’ – about the drug cartel lifestyle, the 40-year-old singer Sergio Vega was killed on 26 June 2010. Unknown assailants intercepted Sergio Vega’s red Cadillac near Los Mochis […]
  • Mexico: Gun attack on American-Mexican ‘drug ballad’ singer

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## 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 […]
  • Mexico: Bomb attack on singer El Coyote and his band

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico:Bomb attack on singer El Coyote and his band During a concert on 20 March 2011 by grupera singer El Coyote (real name: Jose Angel Ledezma) and his band Tierra Santa in the western state of Nayarit, someone in the audience hurled an explosive device on stage that wounded three musicians. The injured […]
  • Mexico: Ban on ‘drug ballads’ in Chihuahua state

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico: Ban on ‘drug ballads’ in Chihuahua state On 3 May 2011 the congress of Chihuahua, one of Mexico’s 31 states, banned the broadcasting of ‘narcocorridos’ genre of music, songs about drug dealings and cartels, in radio and tv The bill was introduced on 12 April 2011 by Congressman Ricardo Alan Boone and […]
  • Mexico: Legislators propose nation-wide ban on ‘drug ballads’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico: Legislators propose nation-wide ban on ‘drug ballads’ A bill presented to Mexico’s congress in the last week of January 2010 by the ruling National Action Party (PAN) proposes that musicians could be sent to prison in up to three years for playing songs that glorify the drug trade and trafficking – the […]
  • Mexico: Eight musicians arrested

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico: Eight musicians arrested Ramon Ayala and Lupe Tijerina, two of the most famous accordionists in Northern Mexico, were arrested together with six other musicians on 11 December 2009 The musicians were arrested during a police raid on a party in Cuernavaca, Mexico, which was apparently sponsored by a member of the Beltran […]
  • Mexico: Several musicians brutally killed

    NEWS 01 February 2013 Mexico:Several musicians brutally killed Several of the musicians from the Mexican group Kombo Kolombia who have been reported missing since 24 January, have been found dead. It is still uncertain how many band members that have been killed. Kombo Kolombia had been playing a gig in a private bar on Thursday […]
  • Freemuse: Presentation in one of the most deadly places for musicians

    ACTIVITIES 18 June 2009 Freemuse: Presentation in one of the most deadly places for musicians Freemuse was invited in June 2009 to the final week of one of Latin America’s biggest music festivals, Ollinkan, for a 40 minute powerpoint presentation on the challenges the organisation is facing in monitoring abuses against musicians. At the Multiforo […]
  • Mexico: Emo fans under attack

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico Emo fans under attack “Kill the emos,” shouted assailants in Mexico’s central city of Queretaro who had organised an attack on a trio of skinny long-haired teenage fans of the rock music style called emo, reported AFP. After police eventually steamed in and made arrests, the bloody victims lay sobbing on the […]
  • IASPM Conference 2007: Speech by Andr

    SPEECHES ##PagePublishedLong## Singing the Struggle: The Trials of a Political MinstrelMexican musician Andrés Contreras’ speech at the 14th biennial conference held in Mexico by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, IASPM. Friday 29 June 2007: Plenary popular and unpopular musics, 9:30 – 11:30By Andrés Contreras It is a great honor for me to be with […]
  • Mexico: Murders of Mexican musicians

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico:Murders of Mexican musicians Violent assaults on popular Mexican figures – which includes musicians – increase as battles for drug dealing territories and drug routes intensify in the country. By Martin Buch Larsen, Freemuse Sergio Gomez, 35, the lead singer of the Mexican band K-Paz de la Sierra is the latest musician to be […]
  • Mexico: Trumpet player brutally murdered

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico:Trumpet player brutally murdered Mexican trumpet player José Luis Aquina’s body was found in a river in southern Mexico. Thereby the number of murdered musicians in Mexico during the past year and a half has increased to 13. By Martin Buch Larsen, Freemuse According to the Latin newswire La prensa Latina, the police […]
  • Mexico: Country profile

    COUNTRY PROFILE ##PagePublishedLong## Music censorship and restrictions in MexicoExcerpt from A Survey Of Censorship And Restrictions On Music In Spanish Americaby Jens Lohmann   Lupillo Rivera Introduction (excerpt)Through a most often violent history, free expression has been one of the most important victims of repression in the Latin American countries. During the decades dominated by […]
  • Mexico: Musician killed for his drug related lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico:Musician killed for his drug related lyrics  Mexican singer Valentin Elizalde was murdered on 25 November 2006 after a concert in the Mexican border town of Reynosa. His death is said to be related to his lyrics about Los Zetas, a mercenary force employed by Mexican drug cartels The 27-year-old Mexican singer was […]
  • IASPM Conference 2007: Speech by Ole Reitov

    SPEECHES ##PagePublishedLong## Music Bans, Torture, Trials and MarginalizationFreemuse programme officer Ole Reitov’s speech at the 14th biennial conference held in Mexico by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, IASPM. Friday 29 June 2007: Plenary popular and unpopular musics, 9:30 – 11:30By Ole Reitov, Freemuse In November last year Freemuse organised the 3rd World […]
  • Freemuse: Religious fanatics a threat to music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse: Religious fanatics a threat to music “Religious fanatics in countries such as Iran, Pakistan, Switzerland and Poland are threatening the musical freedom of the world”, says Freemuse at a presentation at the current biannual conference for popular music researchers from the whole world held in Mexico City. By Freemuse Researchers Elijah Wald […]
  • 1700-1899

    LATIN AMERICA, CARRIBEAN ##PagePublishedLong## 1700 – 1899 1700s til today. Mexico. Son jarochoThe Catholic Church banned son jarocho – one of Mexico’s most politically charged musical genres – during the 18th century on the grounds it was immoral, and first the Spanish, then the Mexican authorities tried to isolate and suppress the genre. The most […]
  • Mexico: Folk musician murdered

    NEWS 26 February 2008 Mexico:Folk musician murderedThe Mexican folk musician Jesús Rey David Alfaro Pulido and his manager and assistant have been brutally murdered in Tijuana, close to the US border. They now add to the mounting list of murdered musicians and producers who have sung the controversial ‘narco-corridos’.By Martin Buch Larsen, Freemuse The body […]
  • Shoot the Singer! Book

    SHOOT THE SINGER! MUSIC CENSORSHIP TODAY 25 May 2004 Edited by Marie Korpe (Executive Director, Freemuse), published by Zed Books, London.Publication date: 18 May 2004. CD included. Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today was presented on 18 May 2004 at a combined book launch and one-day seminar on music censorship at SOAS (School of Oriental […]
  • Shoot the Singer! – table of contents

    SHOOT THE SINGER ! TABLE OF CONTENTS Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today table of contents one | Introduction1 What is music censorship? Towards a better understanding of the termMartin Cloonan 2 Music as a parallel power structureAlenka Barber-Kersovan 3 Music as a useless activity: conservative interpretations of music in IslamJonas Otterbeck two | Asia4 […]
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