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Mexican city fines concert $8,000 on drug ballads

August 2, 2013 • Entertainment


FILE – In this Oct. 22, 2011 file photo, singer Alfredo Rios better known as “El Komander” performs in concert at a rodeo in Naucalpan, Mexico. Rios is one of the best-known singers of the “Altered Movement” genre whose lyrics frequently focus on shootouts, killings and guns. Mexican authorities seeking to ban drug ballads have levied one of their stiffest punishments yet against the music, fining concert promoters 100,000 pesos (almost $8,000) for a weekend performance by Rios in the northern city of Chihuahua. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities seeking to ban drug ballads known as “narco-corridos” have levied one of their stiffest punishments yet against the music, fining concert promoters 100,000 pesos (almost $8,000) for a weekend performance in the northern city of Chihuahua.

Authorities said Friday the city-imposed fine was for a performance Saturday by Alfredo Rios, better known as “El Komander,” one of the best-known singers of the “Altered Movement” genre whose lyrics frequently focus on shootouts, killings and guns.

Thousands of people in the border state of Chihuahua have died in drug-related violence in recent Login to read more

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