Mexico: Ban on ‘drug ballads’ in Chihuahua state

4 May 2011

  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 was approved on 3 …

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Mexico: Bomb attack on singer El Coyote and his band

23 March 2011

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 tuba player and two trompet players, …

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Mexico: Gun attack on American-Mexican ‘drug ballad’ singer

22 March 2011

  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 …

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Mexico: ‘Drug ballad’ singer Sergio Vega killed by gunmen

28 June 2010

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 in Sinaloa state — a …

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Mexico: Legislators propose nation-wide ban on ‘drug ballads’

1 February 2010

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 socalled ‘narcocorrido songs’. National Action …

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Mexico: Eight musicians arrested

6 January 2010

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 Leyva …

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Mexico: Emo fans under attack

2 April 2008

“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 concrete waiting …

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Mexico: Folk musician murdered

26 February 2008

The 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 …

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Mexico: Trumpet player brutally murdered

19 December 2007

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 found …

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Mexico: Murders of Mexican musicians

5 December 2007

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 killed …

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