This month marks the 7th anniversary of Jenni Rivera’s death. For those who are unfamiliar with the singer/songwriter/producer/actress, it’s important to note that she’s the first woman in the music industry to sing narco-corridos, a sub-genre of Regional Mexican music whose lyrics typically revolve around drug trafficking. Think Mexico’s equivalent to Trap music. Rivera, along with 6 other passengers were killed in a plane crash after performing to a sold-out crowd in Monterrey, Mexico.
Garza, who was a great friend to Rivera recorded the 30-minute interview in 2011, but has never released it until now.
“I didn’t feel it was the right time before. I was afraid people would relate what Jenni said in the interview with her death and I didn’t want to confuse things,” explains Garza.
In the interview, Rivera reveals her concerns about performing in Mexico due to Mexican drug cartel threats. She also reveals a particular call she received from the FBI regarding a possible kidnapping if she performed in Reynosa.
“I am a very brave and determined woman and that is why I am here… My friends don’t know, my colleagues don’t know, nobody knows,” she says in the 8-year-old interview. “I believe in an almighty God, who has helped me overcome many things, that He is going to get me out of this too… that Jenni Rivera started here and if she is going to end here, so be it.”
According to Garza, the singer asked him to record her concerns in the case anything happened to her. He plays the recording to her daughter Chiquis and Johnny during a video-recorded interview in his office.
Listen to the Spanish language interview below: