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Mexico’s forbidden songs

5 October 2004

Can 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 …

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Mexico: Country profile

25 February 2002

Music censorship and restrictions in Mexico Excerpt from A Survey Of Censorship And Restrictions On Music In Spanish America by 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 …

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1700-1899 Latin America, Caribbean

1 January 2001

1700s til today. Mexico. Son jarocho The 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 famous …

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1960s Latin America, Caribbean

1 January 2001

1960s. Brazil. Chico Buarque, Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso The Brazilian military coup of 1964 ushered in 20 years of military rule and, with it, strict censorship of broadcast music – and especially of Musica Popular Brasileira. Numerous musicians during that period spent time in exile, including Chico Buarque, Gilberto …

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