Re: RARA-AVIS: Corrido

Date: 01 Dec 2005

Manuel wrote:

"Narco corridos are songs that tell stories about the drug-smuggling business and the smugglers along the Tex-Mex border. Quite a hard-boiled genre of music, actually, and some of the musicians are just as hard as their music (e.g., Chalino Sanchez)."

Yeah, that's what I was talking about. I've only started to read Elijah Wald's Corridos and Narcocorridos, which has an accompanying CD (sold separately). I must say that coming from a rock perspective, the music sounds a bit odd, almost polkaish, traditional, and maybe a bit tame. But the lyrics (judging by Wald's translations, since I'm a non-Spanish speaker) are anything but. They're as tough as anything in gangsta rap, and many are supposed to be based on real people and incidences
(although somewhat to heavily mythologized) -- hell, some dealers even commission corridos about themselves.

And you're right about Chalino Sanchez having a hell of a story. According to the short bio in Wald's book, an assassin came at him onstage, gun drawn. He pulled his own gun and started blazing away. A few months later, he was taken away from a traffic stop by a few men with official credentials. His body was found in the desert the next day. Supposedly Sam Quinones's True Tales from Mexico covers that story in some detail. Have you read it, Manuel? How is it?


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