Nt1310 Unit 3: Mexican Music in America

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Miranda Cross Exam Unit 3 October 8, 2014 Music from Mexico began making its way to America in the late 1800s when border culture and commerce was beginning to develop. Corrido and Ranchera developed and reached popularity in Texas when nortenos music came to Texas. Texas singer Lydia Mendoza’s song “Bad Man” became a hit and played on the radio in the southwestern US which clued listeners in to the border music scene. She and her family continued to record tangos, corridos, rancheras, and boleros that increased the presence of border music in American culture. The accordion came to Mexico in the 1860s and when it was brought over the border into Texas, the conjunto style was popularized in America. The most famous of these are polkas. World War 2 brought Chicanos into the big cities. The combination of Chicano culture with swing and Latin jazz saw some rise in popularity of orquesta tejana. Orquesta tejana combined American big band music styles with Latin jazz. Combining mariachi with Texas Mexican music gave birth to Texachi courtesy of Isidro Lopez. Lopez is also responsible for modern Tejano’s popularity because he is the pioneer that combined orquesta with rock music. Californian Chicano musicians were highly influenced by African American music like jazz and blues. Ritchie Valens was a force in popularizing Chicano rock music. He…show more content…
Little Joe Hernandez combined Tejano music with Latin rock, jazz, and blues. When he recorded “Las Nubes” (traditional Mexican tune to a ranchera beat), the song exploded and made Tejano extremely popular until the late 1970s/early 1980s. Selena Quintanilla was one of the biggest reasons that Tejano music became popular. According to the text, “[Selena’s] music represented the unique social location of Texas-Americans.” She had a great stage presence and her death was a blow to the Tejano
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