New Releases: June 2015

School may be out of session, but continue your education with this month’s featured New Release starring the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla-Perez! Born in 1971 in Lake Jackson, Selena started singing with her father’s Tejano family band, Los Dinos, at eight years old. After moving to Corpus Christi, the band—which changed its name to Selena Y Los Dinos—became widely received in both Texas and Mexico, selling 1.5 million records and winning several awards, including a Grammy in 1994. After her tragic death in 1995 at the age of 23, Selena became the first Latin artist to debut atop the Billboard 200 charts with her posthumously released crossover album, Dreaming of You.

In Mi Musica: Mexican American Music of Today, a 1994 educational video produced by Maverick Video Productions and written by TAMI donor Felicia Kongable, Selena provides a brief overview of Mexican American music in Texas and California, from its historical and cultural influences to its varied musical styles, such as Tejano and Norteño. Highlighting the significance of dancing to Mexican American music, the famed singer also demonstrates several popular dances, including polka, country western, and cumbia.

To learn more about Mexican American culture, be sure to check out the rest of the Felicia Kongable Collection, including Folklórico!, a 1987 educational video about the development and purpose of traditional Mexican dance in the United States.