The Connection Between Juan Gabriel and Pablo Escobar: Uniting Music and Drug Trafficking in Colombia and Mexico

2023-09-25 13:37:47

For decades music, culture and gastronomy have been a bridge that unites Colombia and Mexico. In the 80s and 90s singers such as Juan Gabriel, Luis Miguel and Vicente Fernández were very popular in Colombia, likewise, this time was considered the greatest boom in drug trafficking in the country.

Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was one of the best-known drug traffickers of the 1980s and early 1990s, in Colombia and the world. He was born on December 1, 1949 in Rionegro, Antioquia. Escobar began his criminal career at a very young age, because through smuggling illegal products, he managed to accumulate an immense fortune that allowed him to establish a ‘drug trafficking empire’.

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Likewise, in the 80s, Juan Gabriel or ‘El Divo de Juárez’ experienced great success and recognition in Colombia. His music and talent captivated the Colombian public, making him one of the most popular artists of the time.

The Mexican’s unique style and unmistakable voice resonated throughout the country and his songs were heard everywhere, from radio stations to parties and nightclubs. His music covered a wide range of genres, from romantic ballads to more energetic and danceable rhythms.

Recently, the Mexican journalist Anabel Hernández, in her book titled ‘The ladies of the narco. Loving hell’, revealed details of the relationships that Pablo Escobar had with several personalities from international entertainment, including Juan Gabriel.

In this publication, Hernández states that Juan Gabriel gave a private concert for Arturo Beltrán Leyva, one of the main members of the Beltrán Leyva cartel, main ‘enemies’ of the Sinaloa cartel.

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The writer points out that this was not the only presentation that ‘El Divo de Juárez’ made for drug trafficking cartels, as there are stories that link the artist with two of the most recognized drug traffickers in Colombia.

The day Juan Gabriel kissed Pablo Escobar

The investigative journalist assured in her book that Juan Gabriel was one of the main artists at a luxurious party that Ernesto Rafael Fonseca or ‘Don Neto’, who was also the head of the Guadalajara cartel, held to receive Pablo Escobar Gaviria at his country.

The Mexican artist died on August 28, 2016.


Fernando Aceves. EFE

It is mentioned that in addition to performing his renowned repertoire, Juan Gabriel was ‘challenged’ to kiss Pablo Escobar Gaviria during his presentation. In exchange for this, the singer would receive a million dollars and the ‘security’ that his life would not be in danger. danger.

“One of Escobar’s companions who had the confidence to play practical jokes on him approached Juan Gabriel and offered him a million dollars if he gave the Colombian boss a kiss,” the book reads.

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Hernández reports that although the proposal generated a little fear of the ‘Divo de Juárez’, he accepted and after finishing one of his hits, Juan Gabriel approached Escobar and gave him a kiss on the mouth, likewise, he mentions that this ‘joke’ was not taken kindly by the leader of the Medellín cartel, who immediately grabbed his gun and pointed it at the Mexican artist.

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It is mentioned that the other attendees at the party immediately explained to Escobar that it was a ‘joke’ and he calmed down, however, Juan Gabriel did not trust the drug trafficker’s ‘forgiveness’ and left the event, before for him to change his mind.

“Juan Gabriel did not continue the show and vanished before Escobar changed his mind,” the journalist notes in her book.

The fall of Escobar

The fall of Pablo Escobar, one of the most cruel and ruthless drug traffickers in history, was an event that shook Colombia and the entire world. Known as the leader of the Medellín cartel, Escobar amassed vast fortune and power through his drug trafficking empire. However, his reign of terror came to an end on December 2, 1993.

Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria died at 44 years of age.


Private file. TIME

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This operation was the result of arduous and dangerous work carried out by the Colombian authorities, in collaboration with the United States Anti-Drug Agency or the DEA. For years, Pablo Escobar Gaviria managed to evade international justice, corrupting officials and waging a bloody war against those who dared to challenge him.

The operation to capture the leader of the Medellín cartel was led by the Search Block, a special group made up of members of the army, police and DEA. Using advanced technology and intelligence strategies, they managed to track the drug trafficker to his hideout in the city of Medellín.

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The final confrontation occurred in the early hours of December 2, 1993, when security forces surrounded the residence where Escobar was hiding. The battle that followed was intense and bloody, but finally, after hours of confrontation, Escobar was killed.

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