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Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame 2008 Induction Ceremony, Benny Layton Interview

Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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  •  Benny Layton talks about the Conjunto Hall of Fame 
  •  Layton discusses his mastery of different instruments 
  •  Layton discusses his students 
  •  Layton discusses his musical influences 
  •  Layton discusses his family 
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This footage from the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum captures scenes of the 2008 induction ceremony honoring Bene Medina, Pepe Maldonado, Benny Layton, Agapito Zuniga, and Chuy De Leon. In this segment, 2008 inductee Benny Layton talks about his time playing conjunto music and its role in the community. This excerpt is from a complete taping of the 2008 Induction Ceremony.
The Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum, founded in 2001, is part of the Museums of San Benito, the birthplace of conjunto music. The museum works to promote, preserve, archive, document, and display the history of regional conjunto music by honoring those who create it. Detailed information on the instruments used in conjunto music, their cultural origins, and stories of San Benito’s legendary music institutions such as “La Villita” dance hall and the Rio Grande Music Company, home of Ideal Records, are among the featured exhibits. One exhibit is dedicated to accordionist Narciso Martínez and bajo sexto player Santiago Almeida, considered the “Fathers” of regional conjunto music. Ethnomusicologists credit them with fusing European accordion rhythms with Mexican roots musica ranchera (ranch music). As representatives of what has been called “working man’s music”, our premier conjunto personalities, and their spirits, live on in the Rio Grande Valley of deep South Texas at the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame & Museum. (from the museum website)