Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Member of Cartel de Sinaloa Slain

Monday, March 19, 2012 |

A member of a band specializing in songs about the exploits and travails of drug kingpins was gunned down Friday in the western Mexican state of Sinaloa, authorities said.

Rodolfo Gomez Valenzuela was fatally wounded in the wee hours of Friday, when armed men burst into a home where the Cartel de Sinaloa group was rehearsing and opened fire, a police officer told the media.

The victim’s brother, drummer Roberto Clemente Gomez Valenzuela, was also hit and remains hospitalized in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa.

Taking its name from Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel, the band plays what are known as “narcocorridos.”

The ballads about drug lords feature traditional folk melodies and rhythm and constitute a thriving category of Mexican popular music, yet singing about the underworld can be risky.

Another member of Cartel de Sinaloa, Jose Antonio Sanchez Velazquez, was slain in 2009, one of seven singers and musicians in the narcocorrido genre murdered over the past six years.

Observers suggest violence against narcocorrido artists is the work of kingpins angry about songs glorifying their rivals.

Sinaloa is the birthplace of the first generation of high-profile Mexican drug traffickers, including Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the fugitive boss of the Sinaloa cartel and – according to Forbes magazine – one of the world’s richest people.

In May 2011, Sinaloa Gov. Mario Lopez Valdez issued a decree barring narcocorridos in bars, nightclubs and banquet halls.

Source: EFE

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21 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

The guy in the picture that's circled left Cartel & started Grupo 2cero5

SRG said...

i belive they go by Grupo Cartel not grupo cartel de sinaloa

Anonymous said...

i listened to some songs in their myspace account, they suck, but apparently i found the reason behind this mess, they sing a song about arturo beltran (el jefe de jefes) and el mayo zambada, in wich they both had an encounter but agreed on a meeting for a truce by the end of december; this is where supposedly el mayo betrayed arturo by setting him up in sonora against the marines

Anonymous said...

Jajsjaja what the fuck were they thinking? Next los tigres del norte, Banda los Guisados, Tortura Tropical, Grupo LEVANTON, Sonido Maruchan,

Anonymous said...

El que sigue NEXT pendejo

Anonymous said...

the groups name is "Grupo Cartel". get your facts straight.

Anonymous said...

IT IS GRUPO CARTEL DE SINALOA IDIOTS!!! JUST BECAUSE THE "DE SINALOA" PART ISN'T WRITTEN AS BIG AS THE "GRUPO CARTEL" PART DOESN'T MEAN ITS NOT PART OF THE NAME.....DESCANSE EN PAZ MI COMPA RODOLFO!!!! THIS BAND WAS BADDASS!!!!

Anonymous said...

@11:44 Arturo Beltran Leyva was killed in Cuernavaca, not in the state of Sonora.

Anonymous said...

"Sonido Maruchan"

JAJAJA

Anonymous said...

RIP, but c'mon, there are a lot of better things to sing about.

@ 2:39 jjaa

I think you're referring to "El Movimiento Maruchan." They sing about real life issues, like starving and not knowing how to use the microwave to heat their sopa.

The biggest hit of the genre is called "Caldo de Catsup" which talks about stealing catsup packages from McDonalds and heating them up with water in the microwave (Which you got someone to work for you). Eating Caldo de Catsup all the time is considered even lower class than Maruchan thus is held in high esteem by all cartel members.

Actually, they give you the catsup packages if you ask, but it's so much better to sing about it like you had to steal it.

Anonymous said...

it looks like they just hack at them with a machete now from the back.

Anonymous said...

Lol you made my day :)

G(-)057

Anonymous said...

So sad

Anonymous said...

WACK...

Anonymous said...

let's face it the only thing person or thing that is going to stop this madness in mexico is another Fidel Castro/Che Guevara. The people must unite to stop this terror against them.

Anonymous said...

Que bueno

Anonymous said...

they dress funny

Anonymous said...

3/21 7:30AM,
What? Che Guevara? Are you serious? You obviously know absolutely nothing about Che or Castro! What your suggesting is Mexico change to a socialist/communist regime! Do your research my friend and you will find both Castro and Che murdered countless innocent victims with impunity. I know Che has been romanticized as a folk hero a man of the people but nothing could be farther from the truth! Che was a little "Stalin" and he took pleasure in depriving innocent people of their property and freedom simply because he could! As the minister of Cuba's prison system he methodically executed political opponents, who disagreed with the country's beliefs. When he left the country (Cuba) he left it in financial ruin which put him at odds with Castro (Che also served as Cuba's minister of Industry). When he left Cuba for Bolivia to insight a peasant uprising for revolution he failed to inspire or recruit a single Bolivian to his cause! He was executed (thank God) by Bolivian forces under CIA supervision (which ironically the CIA wanted him alive) but it was Bolivia's call. Just something to think about before you ignorant people decide to wear that "pop culture" Che t-shirt!!

Anonymous said...

No mamen.

Anonymous said...

History 101

Anonymous said...

If u are a real fan of grupo cartel u should know that's the groups name and that instead of el piyuyis Erik estrada was with the original grupo cartel ..... hear their songs in some of them they yell out grupo cartel ...."0 que nooo

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