Friday, November 19, 2021


A Haitian gang leader recently published a musical attack on what he frames as government failures to provide for the people of Haiti. These are common in Mexico, which has a long tradition of what are colloquially dubbed narcocorridos. "With an AK-47 and a bazooka on my shoulder, cross my path and I’ll chop your head off, we’re bloodthirsty, crazy, and we like to kill,” one song goes. The outlaw lifestyle has an appeal to youngsters, who are attracted to narcocorridos in part because it has been stigmatized. In Mexico, northwest Chihuahua state has banned live performances of narcocorridos or the playing of such songs on the radio. But trying to forbid them has had the reverse effect.