YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Grammy-winning norteno band Los Tigres Del Norte is to play a free concert Thursday at Camp Casey’s Carey Physical Fitness Center, officials said Friday.

It is the first time a Mexican recording act has been selected by the USO to perform at American installations in South Korea. The group also is to play at bases on Okinawa on Friday and Saturday, returning to the island for the first time since 1999.

The Camp Casey concert will begin at 7 p.m., officials said.

The group — formed in Sinaloa, Mexico, by three brothers and their cousin in the late 1960s — has recorded more than 500 songs and sold more than 32 million albums worldwide, said Dwayne Ulloa, coordinating the tour for Los Tigres Del Norte’s production company.

The group is excited about “returning to Okinawa after numerous requests following a hugely successful visit in 1999,” Ulloa said in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes.

“They want to play for as many troops as possible.”

Los Tigres Del Norte is among the most famous bands playing the norteno style of music, writing and playing traditional Mexican ballads called corridos that tell of the life and struggles of immigrants, outlaws and heroes.

The group has won two Grammy awards and been nominated 11 other times. Their most famous album is Jefe de Jefes (Boss of Bosses), a double CD released in 1997 that told the story of a drug empire straddling the U.S.-Mexican border.

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