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El Recodo was paid $250,000 to play at Parties for Los Zetas

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 |

Borderland Beat

It has been revealed that the musical band "El Recodo" was paid $250,000 to play at parties for "Los Zetas"

The popular "grupero" musical Mexican band "Banda El Recodo" has performed at private parties for the leaders of the criminal group "Los Zetas" said Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar, alias "El Mamito" or "Z7", who at one time was third in command for the criminal group, Los Zetas.

Rejón Aguilar was the star witness for the prosecution of the U.S. government in the trial against Jose Trevino Morales, brother of Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, alias "Z40" and against businessman Francisco Colorado Cessa Veracruz who are being tried for laundering millions of dollars in the race horse industry. Borderland Beat (BB) reporters Chivis Martinez and Havana have been reporting on the trial exclusively for BB.

The prosecutor Douglas Gardner questioned "El Mamito" on money laundering operations of "Los Zetas" through the purchase of Quarter Horses.

At the end of that interrogation Rejón Aguilar was asked "what was the favorite band of Miguel Angel Trevino", to which the witness replied: "La Banda El Recodo".

"How much was paid to the band to play at parties for Z40," asked the prosecutor, "$250,000 for a few hours," responded the capo, who was captured by Mexican authorities after the killing of US ICE agent Jaime Zapata on February 2011 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

The band based out of Sinaloa state "El Recodo" is among many other popular musicians that have performed for powerful bosses of organized crime in Mexico.

Among other bands include Ramon Ayala, a "norteno" style musician who was detained in December 2009 while performing at a private party of Arturo Beltran Leyva and Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias "La Barbie" in the state of Morelos.

Artists such as Jenni Rivera, Gloria Trevi, Tatiana, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Pesado and Vicente Fernandez, among others, have performed for major drug traffickers with fees ranging from $15,000 per night and up to $250,000 for a few hours.

Source: Proceso and Red Noticiero


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Anonymous said...

Dude these guys are gonna get killed for fun now lol hope that 250,000 was worth getting decapitated

Anonymous said...

Banda Recodo has to charge $250000 they have a hundred members in there band lol. But on the other hand hell yeah bad ass band well worth the money if you got it.

Anonymous said...

Talk to the promoters. Dudes are doing there jobs. Its not right but it happens.

Anonymous said...

Cut their fucking heads off. Scumbags profited off of enormous pains of tens of thousands families.

Anonymous said...

If they don't perform they will be in danger. They have no choice.

Anonymous said...

I wounder if there gonna be on someones hit list now lol. Who knows if they actually can decline. But regardless I think this will piss people off

Anonymous said...

Price range sounds a little to high.

Anonymous said...

Nope I was wrong little Wayne gets like 500,000 per show but your talking about a public event so ehh.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree... They cant ask their customers where they get their money.

Anonymous said...

I would pay them to trim my trees and mow my lawn. I do have a pretty big house they would get done quick since there are a lot of them, and I'm sure my neighbors would use them. Fucken crazy Mexicans lol ha ha don't get your heads cut off by one of these capos now. Thank god I love in America.

Anonymous said...

This cartels are stupid first Tijuana works with mexican mafia eme in California, Sinaloa works with mexican mafia eme in Texas, Zetas works with mexican mafia eme in Laredo. The mexican mafia eme gives information to the 3 cartels.

Anonymous said...

11:13 this is a talented band. What an uneducated comment.

Anonymous said...

Buggs, dude I respect you but damn, you trying to rain on chivis and Havanna's parade? In their excellent report they said enough about the band and in my opinion their post was better than anything out there. I am just saying

Anonymous said...

Ya thank god you live in America that's keeps you out of the loop while your. Neighbor gets his head chopped off lol dumbass

Anonymous said...

Bugs are calling Rajon a rat or a snitch cause his las name is Regón? Cause you have It Rajon and to tell you the truth that's what he is but if tattle telling on z40 who cares. I hope he tells all about z40.

Anonymous said...

America, home is the junkie... The eagke has landed n its stoned lol... U ignorent inbreed lol. Get out ur trailer park then point fingers

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't be surprised if the cartels hit up these bands and say "you play at our parties or else...you have family that lives in this city (_____) and your children go to this school (____) and so on". Get the point???

Anonymous said...

Don't get your head cut off dumb ass.If it weren't for Mexicans your ass would be crying about hard labor.Watch out we are the fastest growing minority and your kids will pay.LOL

Anonymous said...

and if the band refused to play, zetas would probably kill them.. so what choice u have?

Anonymous said...

It 2 different Mexican mafias.

Anonymous said...

Thats why valentin elizalde is dead and other corrido cantantes are to for singing to los contras

Anonymous said...

The artists you mentioned at the end are single performers, whereas there are 18 Banda Recodo guys, which is about $14 000 each, so I guess they're about normal :) It's like hiring 18 Jenni Riveras!

I looked up and listened to Banda Recodo after reading this article. I used to think banda sounded like a bunch of tone deaf giant mosquitos, but these guys are really good musicians! I guess most banda I've heard was drunk guys doing karaoke haha :D

Anonymous said...

I don't think the Mexican drug cartels are so stupid to kill these musicians and other artist who perform at their parties unless these musicians start meddling into the business of the drug cartels.

skott1e said...

how long before we here of another music band found dead, the cdg and other cartels will probably find them and kill them all. This trial has just killed innocent people as the names of the band and anyone testifying are out for all to see. And as for mamito his family will be killed as he has grassed up to save his own skin. Looks like the pretty boy cant handle his own crimes so grasses everyone up so he can be released earlier. also if america were really about stopping drugs they would have troops stationed down by the border. America needs the drug industry to sell their guns and mexico needs to be trafficking drugs as this is what holds up their economy, without out drugs both countries would be alot poorer

Ralf said...

"Dude these guys are gonna get killed for fun now lol hope that 250,000 was worth getting decapitated"

That was my first thought too. The people of Mexico are screwed either way. If they go along they are screwed and if they refuse to go along they are screwed. I'm sure that's the situation the band is/was in.

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP7RsbyosjI
Heres a video where they performed in El Dorado and no one knew who hired them, supposedly it was El Mini Lic and he forced them to sing his corrido they didnt even know it you can see the singer looking at his phone lol These guys dont sing corridos.

Anonymous said...

Gracias pro la informacion.......cdg

Purple Sasquatch said...

I am surprised the Zetas even paid them! Besides, they can play for money or be executed!

Anonymous said...

Any thing "Banda" fuckin sux!!!!!!! Puro Norteño, bunch of fags blowin on things, blow on this!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Nobody(at least in El Recodo) is getting their heads cut, these guys gained national notoriety when Ramon Arellano was around and used to hire them for his parties, this guys play at parties from ALL CARTELS, just like Los Tucanes de Tijuana and many more bands, the reason Valentin Elizalde was killed(according to El Hummer) is because he sung 3 times the same corrido after zetas told him to stop, he sung 3 times a corrido where El Mayo calls Z´s barking dogs.

Anonymous said...

Another band slandered by idiot zetas, second to Kombo Kolombia.

Anonymous said...

Maybe when he said $250000I he ment it pesos which is equal to about $25000 american. That has to be what he ment

Anonymous said...

They got a flavor of Brazilian,i dont dig on the corrido stuff,but these are different.As for the band,i wonder what they make of their name out there?
Sinaloan based playing for Z?
"trafficking drugs as this is what holds up their economy, without drugs both countries would be alot poorer"Oh yeah,a lot of idiots choose not to see this"but its illegal"i swear,if the government said tomorrow,fuckin milk is illegal,people would gradually get used to it and go along with it?

Anonymous said...

Shut up jackass

Anonymous said...

The musicians use the excuse of "if we don't sing, they will kill us". That's all it is, an excuse. Really??? Then why would they pay them $250,000 for a "forced" performance? They too, are lured to the "fast money".

Anonymous said...

You are damned if you do and damned if you dont. Like the other posts mentioned, sometimes it's not if you want to perform. You are obligated, take the $250K or something bad can happen. I am sure they aren't proud of themselves that this came to light, but money is money.

Anonymous said...

yeah, but why kill the singers?? they are just entertainers and story tellers of the life and times of the drug dealers. same as hip hop. if you don't like a singer, you don't kill him, switch the radio station..

Anonymous said...

I'm an American as well, but where I'm from we say "thank god I LIVE in America" but we are free to LOVE anywhere.

Anonymous said...

Its crazy how all the mexican gangs in southern california are south siders (x13) yet they all kill each other when not in prison. Makes little sense, they could be as large as they are on the inside if they had any brains.

Anonymous said...

Alejandra Guzmán, a world renown pop/rock singer, sang for "El Lazca" and "Tony Tormenta" in Río Bravo, Tamps., right across the border from the Río Grande Valley. El Recodo is Grades by the Lizarraga bros., Ponch and Joel, are also world renown. They've performed for U.S. presidents.

Anonymous said...

U talk inbred and stoned. Get off grandmas computer and get a job.

Anonymous said...

La Banda El Recodo is PURO Sinaloense, so anyone who wants to talk sh!t just show how little you understand about Mexico. Ultimo respeto por Don Julio Preciado y Don Cruz Lizarraga. How is anyone going to talk without respect for these guys? They have 75 years in the music business... 1938! Look at Los Ayala for that matter Don Pedro goes way back too and Don Ramon still carries on their family legacy. Tejanos had Don Patricio Jimenez and his son Don Santiago Sr, and still have grandson's Don Santiago Jr y Don Flaco who people know from the Texas Tornados con Freddy Fender. These guys aren't narcos. They're bigger! They are the heart and soul of Mexico. They aren't in the drug business, they have far more musical talent in their little finger than these rap and punk music. When narco want to have a good time they want what ANY red blooded Mexicano wants: Patron y Cazadores, Corridos y Bandas, Carne Asada y El Siete Mares, Caderonas Lindas y A Veces... Perico. Can you blame them for having good taste? It's like faulting Frank Sinatra because his fans INCLUDED wiseguys like Santo Traficante Jr and Carlo Gambino.

Anonymous said...

Wack ass banda sinaloas fucked up méxico and now they fucked up the music i wouldnt Pay a dollar to See that noise

Anonymous said...

Dude above me sounds totally gay talking love.STFU we're here to take over.

Anonymous said...

Are u crazy the zetas have more money thsn all ur family put together they can afford it

Anonymous said...

cds is gona be pissed recodo is from sinaloa and playing 4 zetas not good at all...

Anonymous said...

@ 5/8/13 9:32 Yes, but they killed thousands of innocent people to steal that money from them.

Anonymous said...

Frank Sinatra was working for the New Jersey Italian mafia, back in 1970 he was under investigation by the FBI.

Anonymous said...

In my opinion regardless if u like the music or not this just information no one cares if u like it or not......keep your ignorate comments to yourselves!

Anonymous said...

Lol i guess your not as informed as you think you are

Anonymous said...

WONDER HOW THIS IS GONNA SIT WITH CDS?

Anonymous said...

May 8, 2013 at 7:52 AM
"Shut up jackass"
Who woke him up ? Go back asleep .

Anonymous said...

May 8, 2013 at 4:26 PM
What are you going on about?Thanks for the history lesson,but,you can plug it now.

Anonymous said...

May 8, 2013 at 9:17 PM
"Dude above me sounds totally gay talking love.STFU we're here to take over"
And you dont putting"STFU"real street g you.Listen to gay Tony Montana here.Taking over what,who,when,where,never mind,i dont care.

Anonymous said...

Hahaahahahahahaha

Anonymous said...

Its crazy how all the mexican gangs in southern california are south siders (x13) yet they all kill each other when not in prison. Makes little sense, they could be as large as they are on the inside if they had any brains.
May 8, 2013 at 11:21 AM


lmao their a joke. bunch of pochos fighting over colors while the real mexican gangsters are making hundreds of millions of dollars off their addictions LMAO.

Anonymous said...

@May 8, 6:23AM...I reckon the Zetas paid the band much more money than what you earn annually or maybe your lifetime.

Anonymous said...

WOW

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