I dig deeper into the life of the Sinaloan icon
With the genre exploding now more than ever, you went and did a superb job on the lines between narcocultura, "official" history, and history. I think your work on narco war in general similarly seeks truth beyond ideology. When the border crisis was no longer useful as a political instrument, from the left AND right (whatever they mean), you kept accurately reporting the crisis that was brewing in Juarez still. Suddenly the 24/7 coverage on all mainstream sites stopped. Chalino, the man, which oftentimes is lost in his myth. You're truly a truth-seeking journalist. Saludos desde Juárez.
Great stuff Ioan. I first heard a Chalino song a Mexico City bus (pesero) in 1996. I was living off the Perisur near TV Azteca, and on Sundays always travelled by bus from there to either San Angel or to Coyoacan. Our trip back was always late afternoon and required catching a special bus in San Angel. It was approximately a 20-25 minute trip back to our stop at the foot of Unidad Elias Calles and there were no stops in between. The driver always played loud music, and on one occasion he played a song that was so distinctive that I walked to the front and asked him who was singing. It was Chalino Sanchez and I bought my first Chalino CD the next time I was in Coyoacan and still have it.
Hi Ioan, a great piece and congrats on the creation of the documentary. I will watch it this weekend! Thanks for creating content about Chalino, a person that a lot of us admire (as a singer) but that we don’t really know much about. I love Chalino in my carnes asadas and his voice and style have been imitated by many, but never matched. El original de la sierra, el as de la sierra, his own son, etc, but never quite like Chalino. Too bad he died so young. My favorite piece is Baraja de Oro, not sure if he composed it though.
Love your work. I believe you must be one of the best researchers of the Narco culture in the world, if not the best, and that tells a lot. Please keep them coming, along with your books, and be safe!
Ioan, Congrats in producing this project and telling the story of a Mexican Icon. The thing that makes Chalino stand out compared to American gangster rappers, is that Tupac & Biggie aside, they were mostly poseurs. Chailino likely wrote a song knowing that it could be his own epitaph.