Band in new song with Shakira pull concert after drug cartel assassination plot

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    A band that features on Shakira's latest track has been forced to cancel a show after receiving death threats from a drug cartel.

    Fuerza Regida, a Mexican group based in California, US, were scheduled to perform in the Mexican city of Tijuana on Friday (October 6).

    The show was organised months ago but on Tuesday (October 2) members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) – considered to be Mexico's most dangerous drug trafficking organisation – erected a banner in the city threatening Fuerza Regida.

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    According to a translation from Borderland Beat, it read: "This message goes out to those f****** from Fuerza Regida. We're going to f****** kill you guys on October the 6th in Tijuana. It'll be the last f****** time of your miserable lives if you appear in public. If you show your faces on that day we will kill you." It was signed with the CJNG's initials.

    The group took to social media almost immediately to announce the show was off. They said on Instagram: "Event in Tijuana cancelled for reasons beyond our reach. Thank you very much my people."

    Most of Fuerza Regida's tunes can be described as corridos tumbados – a genre of Mexican music that often references drug trafficking or venerates cartel bosses.

    Their song TQM references infamous drug lord Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán and his son Iván Archivaldo Guzmán. El Chapo used to run the Sinaloa Cartel – the CJNG's main rivals – and Iván still plays an active role, perhaps explaining why the CJNG issued the threat. Lyrics from the song include "I'm slicing JGL's [El Chapo's initials] cheese" and "making money, Iván's orders and they come".

    Fuerza Regida's fame is at an all-time high following the release of El Jefe with Shakira. The music video was posted to YouTube 12 days ago and already has more than 44million views.

    It comes after Mexican superstar singer Peso Pluma was also forced to cancel his upcoming Tijuana show, originally scheduled for October 14, due to death threats from the CJNG. The message they erected for him read: "This is for you, Peso Pluma. Abstain from performing on October 14 because it will be your last performance because you're disrespectful and [your] loose tongue. Show up and we will f*** you up."

    Peso Pluma also references El Chapo in one of his songs, and performed that song at a concert in Mexico city just days before the banner emerged in Tijuana.

    A number of corrido singers have been killed down the years in Mexico, allegedly by cartel hitmen over their perceived allegiances to rival gangs. Sergio Vega in 2010 and Valentín Elizalde in 2006 are just two examples.

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