When Banda MS singer Alan Ramírez got shot in the neck by a stray bullet in Mexico City in July, band member and also lead vocalist Oswaldo Silvas took to social media to say that what happened to Ramírez wasn’t just an attack on him or Banda MS, it was an attack against the banda genre.
More than a month after the incident, Silvas’ opinion hasn’t changed. “Maybe people misunderstood my words but I still stand by what I said,” Silvas told Billboard during the chart-topping band’s stop in Los Angeles for their three sold-out concert at the Microsoft Theater over the weekend.
“We have fought so much for this genre to have progress and for people to stop thinking that this music is about violence or anything negative,” he said. “So after what happened to Alan, we took a step back in our fight to change the genre. People who are against our music have yet another example of our music being tied to acts of violence.”
Ramírez — who was left with a scar on the front side of his neck that travels from ear-to-ear — describes this life-changing event as an “accident” and said “I don’t hold anger inside of me. It was just a lost bullet, we don’t know for sure if it was directed towards me or our group for that matter.”
“The truth of the matter is that there is violence everywhere, in Mexico and the U.S., so things like this will happen,” he said. “Unfortunately it happened to us, but we’re hoping this doesn’t damage our image or the genre’s. We’re doing so well, reaching bilingual millennials with our music. That’s a sign that there is some sort of progress. Not only are banda fans listening to our music, but now we’re reaching an audience who also listens to reggaeton, pop, rock, etc. People in countries like Spain and Colombia are telling us that they listen to our sing, we never thought that would happen,” added Silvas.
Aside from touring, Banda MS, known for their romantic lyrics and love tracks like “Hermosa experiencia,” “Mi razón de ser,” and “Qué bendición,” are also working on their upcoming album. “We’re already listening to the first batch of songs that we may include in the forthcoming album.” Fans can expect the new LP next year