Much like rap music in the 90’s served to glorify the gangster life, a similar phenomenon has occurred with an increasingly popular genre of Latin music, known as narcocorridos, that celebrates drug traffickers.
A new documentary “Narco Cultura” captures the narcocorridos music scene and juxtaposes it with the grim realities of the raging drug war along the U.S.-Mexican border.
“What has happened in narcocorridos, particularly north of the border, is a huge increase in popularity as well as a trend of the songs getting way more violent and more graphic and usually choosing sides, meaning taking on a cartel,” filmmaker Shaul Schwarz told “Power Players.”
The film follows some of the most popular narcocorridos artists as they tour clubs in the U.S. and pack in audiences who sing along with the ballads that brag about killing and kidnapping.
“There are literally hundreds if not thousands of clubs throughout the country that celebrate this kind of scene during the weekend,”Read More »from The drums of war: A genre of Latin music glorifies the Mexican-U.S. drug war