Sunday, April 29, 2007

"narco corrido music"

While surfing I found term "narco corrido music". Got interest what it is and i found out some interesting stuff. If you know some more about this kind of music, you know to comment it is easy...
"Narco corrido music" is the contemporary Mexican corrido. The corrido is one of the most popular music styles in the Latino market, both in the US and points south. While the Anglo media pretends that the boom in Latin music sales is driven by salsa (a style that is wonderful, but currently not very popular in the Latino community), most US Latin sales are of Mexican music, and a large proportion of these are drug trafficking ballads, played in polka or waltz rhythms by accordion combos or full brass bands. Many of these ballads are in the classic Medieval style, and they are an anachronistic link between the earliest European poetic traditions and the world of crack cocaine and gangsta rap.
I found reports on radio stations banning narco-corridos. Like August 19, 2002 Baja California radio stations. They banned those popular songs on Mexican radio that celebrate drug runners -- and sometimes the murder of Mexican police. So that means that radio stations must been earning and gaining on that kind of music, otherwise they would never put it on air or never moved away from peoples ears...
Los Tigres del Norte may be the most well-known band to play narcocorridos, but they're also prevalent in northern Mexico, urban California, and in low-budget recordings sold at flea markets and other various non-mainstream venues. A longtime writer of roots and world beat music, Wald offers a travel narrative of narcocorrido sources, traveling from Sinaloa, Mexico, to Los Angeles and parts in between, searching out musicians and other insiders for their personal histories and insight. Wald's enthusiasm for the subject is clear. Still, Narcocorrido is missing something. While comparisons to gangsta rap aren't surprising, the discussion is thin. Also, why not interview drug dealers -- some who reportedly commissioned corridos to document their deeds -- or narcocorrido fans for a rounded view of the subject?
Great book on subject; Narcocorrido: A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns, and Guerrillas(2002 Latino Book Award winner as "Best Arts Book")
If you would like to get more familiar with briefly covered narcocorridos you can get a list of those few artist produce pressed, professional CDs, which limits what you might be able to find.
A history of the Mexican drug song

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