• 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 […]
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: ‘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: 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: ‘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: 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: 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 […]
  • 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 […]

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