Violence against Mexican musicians from narcocorridos bands keep escalating. A singer with the norteña band "Los Ciclones del Arroyo" was kidnapped and shot in the leg after refusing to perform a song requested by a group of people at a party police said, according to Hispanically Speaking News.
The band's singer, Julio Cesar Leyva Beltran, was abducted from a party in the state Choix, a city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. He was taken away in an SUV after the band refused to play another song after the guests requested one. While in captivity, the kidnappers who remain unidentified, tortured Leyva and shot him in the leg.
Later that Saturday he was released and hospitalized in the coastal city of Los Mochis in Sinaloa with a leg fracture caused by the gunshot.
Leyva's case adds to the increasing number of narcocorridos performers who have been tortured and murdered in northern Mexico in recent years.
Narcocorrido is a type of Mexican music which evolved out of the norteño folk corrido tradition. Corridos have chronicled life and death in Mexico since the time of the Mexican Revolution. The songs typically eulogize the exploits of drug traffickers against the rhythm of old-style Mexican rhythms. Mexico's bloody cartel war is reflected in the controversial drug ballads as the songs celebrate the violent lives — and grisly deaths — of Mexican drug lords.
Narcocorridos gained popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, with lyrics praising the exciting lives of drug barons. The newer songs have taken a darker spon. One of the more popular band is "Movimiento Alterado" (Altered Movement), with songs filled with unusually explicit lyrics about decapitations and torture, and praise for one drug gang in particular: the Sinaloa cartel.
"The production of narcocorridos is immense,” said Juan Carlos Ramirez-Pimienta, an academic from the University of San Diego, California, who recently published a book on the ballads, according to The Daily Star.
While the music popularity keeps growing, more than a dozen Mexican musicians were murdered between 2006 and 2008; motives are shadowy, but it's suspected that some were killed for what they sang, according to TIME Magazine.
Rodolfo Gomez Valenzuela was fatally wounded last March in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. He was member of the band "Cartel de Sinaloa" named after one of Mexico's most powerful drug cartel. Armed men entered a house where the band was rehearsing and opened fire. Jose Antonio Sanchez Velazquez, also a member of the band "Cartel de Sinaloa" was slain in 2009.
Another case was reported in November of last year when narcocorrido singer-songwriter Diergo Rivas was murdered in the state of Sinaloa. One of Rivas' famous songs was an ode to Joaquin Shorty Guzman, one of Mexico's most wanted drug lord.
Images of Mexico's Drug War:
A soldier stands guard inside a clandestine chemical drugs processing laboratory discovered in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, on the outskirts of Guadalajara, Jalisco State, on February 09, 2012. More than 40.000 people have been killed in rising drug-related violence in Mexico since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon deployed soldiers and federal police to take on organized crime. AFP PHOTO/Hector Guerrero (Photo credit should read HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)
ACAPULCO, MEXICO - FEBRUARY 28: Police tape stretches across the scene of a suspected drug execution on February 28, 2012 in Acapulco, Mexico. Drug violence surged in the coastal resort last year, making Acapulco the second most deadly city in Mexico after Juarez. Once the country's top tourist destination, Acapulco has suffered a drop in business, especially from foreign tourists. Toursim accounts for some 9 percent of Mexico's economy and about 70 percent of the output of Acapulco's state of Guerrero. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Part of the arsenal and personal things of alleged financial agent of the drug 'Cartel del Golfo', Manuel Alquisires Garcia, aka 'El Meme' and also know as Agustin Sanchez Morua, are shown during his presentation to the press on September 12, 2011 in Mexico City. Garcia was arrested on September 10 in Tamaulipas during a military operation. AFP PHOTO/YURI CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A young girl alleged member of 'Los Zetas' cartel drugs is presented to the press by Police in Guadalajara, Jalisco State, on August 6, 2011. The girl was arrested with other alleged members of 'Los Zetas' cartel drugs after a combat with members of Mexican police. More than 40.000 people have been killed in rising drug-related violence in Mexico since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon deployed soldiers and federal police to take on organized crime. AFP PHOTO/Hector Guerrero (Photo credit should read HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)
A cross in the parking lot of a commercial center points the site where Edgar Guzman Beltran --son of Joaquin 'Chapo' Guzman, the fugitive leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel-- was murdered in 2008, on July 13, 2011 in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico. In a private cemetery in Sinaloa, the Jardines de Humaya (Humaya Gardens), the remains of many drug lords rest surrounded by symbols of their former welfare and power, like weapons, jewels, luxury trucks and several floors high mausoleums with air conditioning and even party areas. AFP PHOTO/Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexicans protest in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico, on May 8, 2011, in solidarity with the four-day silent march which ended today in Mexico City to protest against drug violence. AFP PHOTO/Pedro Pardo (Photo credit should read Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
Hundreds of Mexicans take part in the last stage of a four-day silent march to protest against drug violence --which has left tens of thousands dead-- and the military strategy that has failed to stop it, at the Zocalo square, in Mexico City, on May 8, 2011. The marchers set off on May 5 from the city of Cuernavaca, a popular weekend retreat some 55 miles (90 km) south from the capital, and it is due to end with a massive demonstration in the Zocalo, the main square of Mexico City. AFP PHOTO/Alfredo Estrella (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)