Mexico’s Narco Cultura: Glorifing Drug War Death and Destruction .By Matt McAllester

There’s something bothering Edgar Quintero, lead singer of the Mexican-American band Buknas de Culiacan, which specializes in songs that glorify Mexican drug kingpins. Quintero lives in Los Angeles with his family and he’s a star in his increasingly popular musical genre, which is a little like the gangster rap of Mexico. But, as filmmaker and photographer Shaul Schwarz shows in his feature-length documentary Narco Cultura, Quintero can’t shake the feeling that he’s faking it. He sings about people and events he knows – and in slang he learns – mainly from the Internet. He yearns to cross the border and see the real Mexico. For Quintero, the real Mexico is the state of Sinaloa, home to the world’s deadliest drug cartel, and perhaps the last corner of the country most tourists would choose to visit. Quintero decides to scratch his itch; he and another member of his band hit the road.

Read more: Mexico’s Narco Cultura: Glorifing Drug War Death and Destruction – LightBox http://lightbox.time.com/2013/11/18/mexicos-narco-cultura-glorifing-drug-war-death-and-destruction/#ixzz2kzHQaBkS.

Juarez Narcos in Shaul Schwarz’s Narco Cultura.

Juarez Narcos in Shaul Schwarz’s Narco Cultura.

Shaul Schwarz

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