Los Tigres del Norte was just slapped with a $25,000 fine for playing a narcocorrido in Chihuahua, Mexico.
— Kate Linthicum (@katelinthicum) May 26, 2017
Narcocorridos, which are songs that glorify the violence and lifestyle of the cartels, have been banned from public performances in the state of Chihuahua since 2011, The BBC reports. In Chihuahua, violent crime associated with drug dealing has recently been on the rise.
Chihuahua is home to Ciudad Juarez, which was known as “Murder City,” thanks to heavy cartel violence between 2008 and 2012.
In Mexico’s murder city of Juarez, the bloody war might be over http://t.co/c3oyVqGu
— William Booth (@BoothWilliam) August 20, 2012
Chihuahua Mayor María Eugenia Campos said that the city would not “allow this kind of veneration” drugs and cartels. The Los Angeles Times reports that Chihuahuan officials declared that narcocorridos were, “acts against public security.”
The song in question, “Contrabando y Traición,” is one of Los Tigres del Norte’s earliest tracks, BBC reports.
The narcocorrido is about the relationship between a drug dealer and a waitress, which goes bad, ending in the murder of the drug dealer at the hands of the waitress.
But Los Tigres del Norte is no stranger to narcocorrido related fines.
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The critically acclaimed band, which formed in the 1960s, has not shied away from social and political issues, which has gotten them in trouble before.
In 2012, Los Tigres del Norte performed their song “La Reina del Sur,” which got them banned from performing in Chihuahua.
The song “La Reina del Sur,” El Mundo reported, glorifies the criminal life of fictional female drug dealer Teresa Mendoza. For publicly performing the song, Tigres del Norte was fined 20,000 pesos ($1,585) and banned from performing in the state of Chihuahua. Deputy Director of Chihuahua’s Municipal Government, Javier Torres Cardona, told BBC that Tigres del Norte was banned because “this group did not comply with the rules not to play songs which praise criminal activity.”