Wilson and Seun Kuti reigned, but it was homegrown talent that impressed the most at Acapulco's Trópico, a rising boutique festival founded to resist cartels and prove that Mexican youth can live freely under the looming specter of violence.
The violence began when armed men attacked a hotel that was housing federal police officers sent to reinforce security in the latest of many special law enforcement offensives that have failed to bring peace to the once-glamorous resort city.
The appeal for a “pact of silence” in the beleaguered southern state of Guerrero is the latest effort by a Mexican politicians to look on the bright side of the country’s security crisis. Most have backfired.
The tortilla industry in the beleaguered state of Guerrero is under attack from local cartels that are kidnapping and killing business owners and workers, as well as using tortilla shops as drug distribution points and lookout posts.
Tourists still flock to the Mexican Pacific resort despite long-standing cartel violence that continues despite a heavy army and police presence.
Edgar Valdez Villareal became a somewhat larger-than-life figure after his arrest in 2010 when he smirked before news cameras and boasted that a movie would be made about his life in the drug world.
Miguel Angel Jimenez had returned to his hometown, where he was shot in his taxi. Fifteen people were killed this weekend in Guerrero, and 20 were reportedly kidnapped.
Since Friday, violent attacks or gruesome discoveries of corpses have rocked wealthy Nuevo Leon and poverty-stricken Guerrero, where most of the violence was centered in the resort of Acapulco.
Aide Nava Gonzalez, 42, had been married to a previous mayor of Ahuacuotzingo — who was also killed on the same highway where she disappeared last Sunday. Elections are scheduled for June 7.
One retired school teacher was killed when federal forces in Acapulco forcibly cleared a blockade by the teachers union CETEG.