Last December Seeing Red AZ wrote that Mexico’s bloody cartel war is reflected in a popular folk-music called narcocorridos, or drug ballads — which does not condemn criminality, but in fact, romanticizes drug kingpins, glorifying violent battles of drug-traffickers, their shootouts, brutal operations and inter-gang betrayals. One of the best-selling albums of last year, “The Power of Chapo,” glowingly describes the exploits of a fugitive drug lord.
It is now being reported that over the weekend, one of the most popular of such Mexican singers, Sergio Vega, 40, was killed in a barrage of gunfire in the northern Mexican state of Sinaloa. He was on his way to perform at a local concert.
Known as “El Shaka,” Vega was famed for performing the subculture narcocorridos, or dramatic ballads commissioned by drug cartels. However, musicians who become associated with one narco group by writing narcocorridos for them, can also become targets of rival narco groups.
Vega’s death adds to the string of grupero musicians – including Valentin Elizalde and Sergio Gomez — who are said to have been caught up in the violence among drug trafficking empires which are at war with the federal government and each other.