Mexican regional star Peso Pluma has canceled his upcoming concert in Tijuana, Mexico after receiving a threatening banner from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).
The Death Threat
On September 12th, a threatening banner was hung from a bridge in Tijuana signed by the CJNG cartel. According to reports, the banner said “[…] refrain from presenting yourself on October 14 because it will be your last show due to your disrespect and loose tongue. You show up and we are going to (break you).”
The threat was in reference to Pluma’s scheduled concert at the Estadio Caliente in Tijuana on October 14th as part of his current Doble P tour.
Concerts in the U.S. Also Cancelled
In the wake of the threats, Pluma’s September 14th concert at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee was abruptly postponed, as were subsequent shows planned in Rosemont, Illinois and Indianapolis on September 15th and 16th.
No official reason was given by Pluma’s label Prajin Music Group for the cancellations, but they are believed to be connected to the safety concerns stemming from the death threat.
Story Grabs Global Attention
News of the threats against Pluma made international headlines. On Twitter, the hashtag #ProtegeAMiPesoPluma (Protect My Peso Pluma) trended as fans expressed support.
Pluma also addressed the situation in a statement to Telemundo: “I want to thank all of you for your good wishes. As an artist, I will always continue working and making regional music that highlights our roots.”
Tijuana Show Now Cancelled
This week, Pluma’s label officially canceled the October 14th Tijuana concert “for the security of everyone involved.” No rescheduled date was announced.
“Our objective is to protect the fans and the team,” the label said. “We will be canceling our show in Tijuana. Many thanks to all of our fans for understanding.”
Rise of the Narcocorrido Genre
Pluma is one of the biggest stars in the modern narcocorrido genre, which tells storied ballads about the drug world. While often criticizied for glorifying cartels, the music has gained massive popularity globally in recent years.
At 24, Pluma has helped narcocorridos break into mainstream pop charts and arena shows. Only time will tell if he is able to reschedule the Tijuana date once the safety concerns subside.
For now, his fans will have to wait and hope for the best for one of Mexico’s rising musical talents. The threats against him highlight the real world dangers artists in this genre can sometimes face.