Mexico: Drug ballads banned in Chihuahua

15 August 2013

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.

El Komander

The latest target of such a fine was Alfredo Ríos, better known as ‘El Komander’, who held a show at a baseball stadium in the state and saw himself docked 100,000 pesos, or about $8,000.

A further restriction announced recently requires that all singers of narcocorridos provide a list of songs to be performed in advance in addition to a deposit of $8,000. If they stray from the list into unwelcome territory, the authorities will keep the deposit.

That is what happened to El Komander, after authorities reportedly spent several weeks deliberating over whether or not to grant El Komander a permit to perform at all, given the nature of his catalogue — one full of tall tales of pistol-packing drug traffickers and cartel dons.

This was reported by Latin Times.

Latin Times – 31 July 2013:
Narcocorridos, Drug Ballads, Banned In Mexican State Of Chihuahua; Musical Groups Could Be Fined $8K
Audiences in the northern Mexican city of Chihuahua might have a taste for narcocorridos, but its government doesn’t want to hear it. By David Iaconangelo

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