José Alfredo Rios Meza, aka El Komander, is a Mexican singer and songwriter known on the international stage as a proponent of narcocorridos, a sub genre of banda that mines the stories of Mexico's drug lords for material. Born in Sinaloa, Culiacan, Meza received a formal musical education in cancion, nueva cancion, banda and mariachi. He began his career performing locally but soon drew the attention of labels with his bombastic performances and alternative style. His first album was the live recording 'En-Vivo!-Desde-Badiragato!' in 2006, with his studio album 'El Katch' and its hit single 'Nomas Por Ser Sinaloense' following in 2009. Extensive radio play and a packed touring schedule made the album a commercial success and the follow-ups 'Archiv Privado' and 'Y Seguimos La Borrachera' followed in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Another live album, 'Desde Zapopan (En Vivo)', was released in 2012 and again in 2013 with several additions including the chart hit 'Cuernito Armani'.