Mexico's pop stars are being killed by drug cartel bosses

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  1. ill lich says:

    That’ll teach you to be famous!!

    . . . but at least it wasn’t the paparazzi!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    i live in mexico, guadalajara to be precise.. and i´ve never heard of this “one of Mexico’s hottest singers” Sergio Gómez.. “a superstar with an international following”

  3. janusman says:

    I’ve been a mexican for 35 years and never heard of this guy, so don’t believe “one of mexico’s hottest singers”.

  4. help i cant comfirm my username themelonbread says:

    Maybe budding Mexican artists could use the crowd-sourcing power of SellaBand, instead of making such a gamble with these people.

  5. grey says:

    Janusman, maybe you’re just listening to the wrong stations?

    http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/bio/index.jsp?pid=516587

    Sergio Gomez lived near here. When word broke that he’d been murdered, much of the local latino community was deeply upset and much of the local non-latino community basically looked around and said “who?”. It was an interesting comment on how fragmented and complex our culture has become.

  6. Anonymous says:

    of course some Mexicans wouldn’t have heard of these artists in the same way that many Americans would claim never to have heard of Garth Brooks.

    p.s i suggest the book Narcocorrido: A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns, and Guerrillas by Elijah Wald

  7. jjasper says:

    Can we send them David Hasslehof? I’m sure everyone there has heard of him

  8. Antinous says:

    #4, I don’t think that they allow people to cross the border when they’re that drunk.

  9. Anonymous says:

    WOW that is weierd!

  10. leon_is_so_alone says:

    Just to set the record straight I am Mexican (not by choice, by birth, and forever stuck there), and have never heard of any of this so called “pop” bands, I think I know what type of music they play because I read in the snippet “Duranguense”, which is a type of polka influenced crappy music with singers doing constant falsettos and using excessively nasal voices (crap, I tell you). It is common knowledge of the _general public_ that the particular type of “musical scene” that includes such acts sing, and communicate about drug-lord and territorial feuds. Common knowledge…

    Now, on the “latino” thing, I have never belonged to any such thing, I have never met anyone, or called anyone a friend that belonged to such scene, we go to raves, drink wine coolers, lots of beer, and do pot, none wears “sombreros”, cowboy boots, big golden belt buckles and treat women as useless servants.

  11. Squashy says:

    Unless your fame is as ubiquitous as Michael Jackson’s, it’s quite certain that a lot of people won’t have heard of you. You might as well say “well if Boing Boing is such a popular blog, how come my dad doesn’t read it?”

  12. TechnoDruid says:

    It’s amazing how often things show up here on BoingBoing after the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp)broadcasts a story on the topic.

    The CBC show, “Dispatches” had a segment on the Narco Corridos, Mexico’s version of “gasta rap”. Essentially, it is a form of Mexican folk music, in the form of a ballad, that glorifies the life and times of drug lords.

    You can listen to the excellent documentary here:

    http://www.cbc.ca/dispatches/media/070222_watson.ram, or if you prefer MP3, you can download the whole episode that includes the Narco Corrido documentary here:

    http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/dispatches_20071224_4235.mp3

    And, as usual, Wikipedia is your friend:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcocorrido

    ttyl
    Farrell J. McGovern

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