Essay about El Centenario By Los Tucanes De Tijuana

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Si eres pobre te humilla la gente/si eres rico te tratan muy bien/un amigo se metió a la mafia/porque pobre ya no quiso ser/ahora tiene dinero de sobra/por costales le pagan al mes (Los Tucanes de Tijuana, 2002).
“El Centenario” performed by the famous Mexican regional band, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, narrates the story of a humble worker whose social position produced multiple encounters of humiliation (2002). Nevertheless, his faith changed when he joined the mafia, as he acquired fortune, granting him respect, sophistication, and admiration (2002). Narcocorridos such as El Centenario construct an idealistic figure of the narcotrafficker: an individual that can obtain fame, luxuries, beautiful women and loyalty through illicit activities (Campbell, 2005). However, narcocorridos fail to expose shothat traffickers are everyday individuals that have been victims of governmental corruption, neo-liberalist policies, gender expectations and poverty (Campbell, 2005). As a result, engage in illegal occupations as a form of survival and economic stability (Edberg, 2004). In addition, narcocorridos are formulated around stereotypes and deficit notions, which state that prominent narco figures such as Rafael Caro Quintero, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, and Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada are indestructible, as their power offers security and control. However, traffickers are exposed to hyper-criminalization and vigilance on behalf of the United States and Mexican governments, other cartels and…

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