If you click on the picture above, it will link you to watch a Time Magazine video called “Singing Songs of Drug Violence” about the popular Latin music movement currently happening in present day. (If you are unable to see it by clicking on the image, here is the direct link: http://www.time.com/time/video/player/0,32068,651073925001_2027104,00.html)
Today in the Latin music industry a type of style called “Narco-Corridos” is extremely popular. This music encompasses strong lyrics over the violence, drugs, and mass murders occurring in Mexico. Each of these musicians have a different motive or reason for singing these songs. Some say they’re giving the youth and their listeners what they want to hear, others do it for the money, others are trying to send a message across, and sometimes some musicians get personal phone calls from the drug cartels themselves to write the songs. In the video above, an example of an artist they interview and follow around is the singer/songwriter “El Komander”. He says he is just a “Reporter of reality,” and there’s no harm being done when entertainers perform these songs. However, these Narco-Corridos have been banned in most of Mexico because the government claims that they are glorifying the killings of the innocent Mexican people, and giving a lot of attention to the drug cartels. By doing this they (musicians) are promoting the intimidation these cartels want people to feel and also accomplish the instilling of fear through popular music. So, since it has been banned in Mexico, a huge percentage of their market is located in the United States. Narco-Corridos concerts all over the U.S. are always packed and/or sold out. This continues the growth of this style of music, which means the message of violence will continue to spread and we will be immune to it (if we aren’t already), because that type of music is “cool”.
So, once again, Mexico and the U.S. together are helping each other spread the message of violence instead of dissolve it. Mexican entertainers started and will continue the composition of this music as long as Americans continue to support and pay money to listen and see it.