She actually is credited with catapulting Tejano, or Texas-Mexican music, to the mainstream market.
Tejano is a hybrid, a mixture of Conjunto, an accordion-based style dating back once again to the belated nineteenth century, with a contemporary rhythm element of electric guitars, bass, keyboards and drums. By the mid-twentieth century Tejano had traveled through the cantinas to ballrooms, after which to clubs where it absolutely was played by smaller ensembles that included a key accordion, drums and guitar. Brand brand New, young bands sequin-clad that is—some some with cowboy shoes and ten-gallon caps —joined the Quintanilla household musical organization, Selena y Los Dinos, on endless trips on dilapidated buses to towns throughout the Southwest: Lake Jackson, Laredo, El Paso, surviving on candy bars and baloney sandwiches.
After which started the trail into the top. Broadcast promoters played Selena y Los Dinos’ documents in growing numbers:
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