Banda MS Singer Addresses Bandmate's Shooting: 'Rather Than Feeling Hate, We Feel Sadness'

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La Banda MS photographed on June 30, 2016.

Days after Banda MS' lead singer Alan Ramírez was shot in the neck in Mexico City, band member Oswaldo Silvas Carreón took to Facebook Live to thank their fans for the support and explain why this type of attack not only affected the band, but the banda genre as a whole.

"We've talked to the media during a press conference but I wanted to do this in a personal way for all of our fans because I've seen how worried you guys have all been about Alan's health," Silvas Carreón said in the video (in Spanish), where he reassured Alan was well and recovering.

"What happened is very unfortunate. Rather than feeling anger or hate towards anyone, we feel very sad to know that something like this could have happened to us. What we least expected was this. This tragedy was targeted towards our genre because what we're trying to do with our music is clear up any negative connotation banda music might have. In the past years, it has been labeled as cheap music, about drugs and violence, Silvas Carreón explainedS. "But we want to present this new version of the genre. So this wasn't just an attack against Alan, it was against banda music. The people who did this are people who don't want to see banda music evolution. After this, everyone will again say, 'this is the type of violence that happens in the banda genre.'" 

The "Me vas a extrañar" singer asked for support from fans and colleagues. "I'm not embarrassed to be part of regional Mexican music but I do wish that all of the artists who represent this genre would unite and help us separate what we do from violence. This is going to take us a step back but we still need to move forward." 

Silvas Carreón ended his message by thanking his fans for all the love and solidarity. Watch his full video message below: 

During their third sold-out concert in Mexico City on July 3, Silvas told the crowd that they had no ties to drug trafficking and had always been a "healthy" band. "We’re a group that’s grown properly, and we always said there was no reason for us to take precautions because we owed nothing to anyone. Of course we never thought of getting protection because you guys love us. But I think not everyone does and something terrible happened." 

Ramírez was shot early Saturday morning (July 2) after leaving Auditorio Nacional with other band members on their way to Mexico City's Hotel Presidente when a bullet pierced the van's back window and hit him in the neck. He was then taken to Hospital Español where he continues to recover.


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