Tex-Mex Mixed beef and chicken fajita ingredients, served on a hot iron skillet "Tex-Mex" (portmanteau of Texan and Mexican) is a term describing a regional American cuisine that blends food products available in the United States and the culinary creations of Tejanos influenced by Mexican cuisine. The cuisine has spread from border states such as Texas and those in the Southwestern United States to the rest of the country as well as Canada. Common dishes Some ingredients are common in Mexican cuisine, but other ingredients not typically used in Mexico are often added. History The word "Tex-Mex" first entered the English language as a nickname for the Texas Mexican Railway, chartered in southern Texas in 1875. In the mission era, Spanish and Mexican cuisines were combined in Texas as in other parts of the northern frontier of New Spain. In much of Texas, the cooking styles on both sides of the U.S. - Mexico border were the same until a period after the U.S. Terminology Notes
Salsa - History and Overview of Salsa Music By Tijana Ilich Updated September 11, 2016. Salsa is a word that inspires an instant reaction in Latin music lovers everywhere. It is the rhythm, the dance, the musical excitement that sends millions of normally sedate non-Latinos to the dance floor where they meet their Latin neighbors, who are too busy enjoying the music to notice. Birthplace of Salsa There’s a lot of debate about the place where salsa was born. But there’s little doubt that if salsa had a passport, the date of birth would be the 1960s and stamped under place of birth would be New York, New York. Evolution of Salsa Between 1930 and 1960 there were musicians from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico and South America coming to New York to perform. continue reading below our video They brought their own native rhythms and musical forms with them, but as they listened to each other and played music together, the musical influences mixed, fused and evolved. Of course, this musical hybridization was not a one-way street. The Name ‘Salsa’
Chief Black Hawk and Bishop Kearns: Song For Teaching American History - Lyrics and Sound Clip This song is available on Kathleen Wiley's Westward Expansion Songs Chief Black Hawk was a red man .....and a good man. Bishop Kearns was a white man....and a good man.... They loved and trusted each other perfectly No one doubted their fidelity. Then came trouble brewing between their people.... So Chief Black Hawk came to make a promise.... From his tribe...His promise was he’d give his life If a member of his tribe caused death or strife... Then one day his grandson was accused falsely Was horsewhipped and then retaliated wrongly Stole a horse belonging to William Kearns Bishop Kearns said... “Wrong for wrong is never a winning scene.... But William went off angrily to get his horse Tragedy is in the making now of course.... In the fray, poor William was shot alone Sadly Bishop Kearns went to bring him home... By the body....Chief Black Hawk was sadly standing... “My life for your son’s is the command... Bishop Kearns said... “Life for life...will never solve anything....
Salsa music Conga drums, one of the foundational instruments of salsa music. Salsa is primarily Cuban son, itself a fusion of Spanish canción and guitar and Afro-Cuban percussion, merged with North American music styles such as jazz. Salsa also occasionally incorporates elements of rock, R&B, and funk. All of these non-Cuban elements are grafted onto the basic Cuban son montuno template when performed within the context of salsa. Salsa as a musical term "In 1973, I hosted the television show Salsa which was the first reference to this particular music as salsa. But promotion certainly wasn't the only factor in the music's success, as Sanabria makes clear: "Musicians were busy creating the music but played no role in promoting the name salsa Globally, the term salsa has eclipsed the original names of the various Cuban musical genres it encompasses. Issues of identity and ownership The Cuban origins of the music do not conveniently fit into the pan-Latino narrative. Lyrics
Mexican Mariachi Music and Mariachi Bands Mariachi: A Mariachi band is a Mexican musical group consisting of four or more musicians that wear charro suits. Mariachi is said to have originated in the state of Jalisco, in the city of Cocula, near Guadalajara, as well as surrounding states of western Mexico. Mariachi is now popular throughout Mexico and the Southwest United States, and is considered representative of Mexican music and culture. Mariachi was recognized by UNESCO as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2011. Origins of the Word Mariachi: There are different theories as to the provenance of the word mariachi. continue reading below our video Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Others claim that it comes from a native language, Coca, in this language mariachi is the name of the type of wood used to make the platform on which musicians would stand to perform. Mariachi Instruments: The Mariachi Costume: Since the 1930s the charro suit, or traje de charro has been worn by mariachis. Where to Hear Mariachi Music:
Accordions Worldwide - the largest accordion internet site with weekly news from around the world about festivals, competitions seminars, artists, concerts, masterclasses, events, CD reviews, videos, celebrity interviews, information about accordion produ Believe it or not, it all began in the middle of the nineteenth century in Germany. Yes, the diatonic accordion, the main instrument of Tex-Mex music, was created by Friedrich Buschman, whose fellow country-men emigrated to the state of Texas, around 1890, to work the fields, and the construction of railroad lines in Northern Mexico. During lunch breaks, the recent arrivals played waltzes and polkas, while Mexican-Americans, better know as Chicanos, listened to the fantastic resonance. Little by little, locals began making the small-buttoned instrument their own, and in time, the mazurkas became «corridos» of love and despite, and began to be danced and tapped, real close together, from the Valley of Texas, to Nuevo Laredo. In 1935, Mr. Santiago Jiménez was the first to make recordings of polkas, northern «corridos», «rancheras», and «guapangos» in Spanish. As a child, Leonardo «Flaco» Jiménez used to go with his father to their «tocadas» (presentations).
Cajun Music: Alive and Well in Louisiana By Ann Savoy One of French Louisiana's most vital attractions is its music. Acadian music has undergone vast changes since arriving in Louisiana, to a large extent because those who play it today live so differently from earlier residents. Understanding Cajun music in all its variety is a large undertaking but an important one. Excerpt, J'ai Ete Au Bal: Cajun and Zydeco Music of Louisiana. One of the earliest forms of music in Louisiana was the unaccompanied ballad. Although today television, radio and air conditioners have lured people off their porches and made gatherings of friends less frequent, some of the older people still remember the days when neighbors sat together and shared songs. Marc Savoy (center on Fiddle) in his Saturday morning Cajun music jam session at his music store in Eunice, Louisiana. The ballad workshop at the Louisiana Folklife Festival will feature ballad singers from Oberlin, Kaplin, Welsh, Crowley, Basile, and Mamou. Dewey Balfa.
Cajun music Cajun music, an emblematic music of Louisiana, is rooted in the ballads of the French-speaking Acadians of Canada. Cajun music is often mentioned in tandem with the Creole-based, Cajun-influenced zydeco form, both of Acadiana origin. These French Louisiana sounds have influenced American popular music for many decades, especially country music, and have influenced pop culture through mass media, such as television commercials. Aural analysis Cajun music is relatively harsh with an infectious beat and a lot of forward drive, placing the accordion at the center. Besides the voices, only two melodic instruments are heard, the accordion and fiddle, but usually in the background can also be heard the high, clear tones of a metal triangle. Subgenres of Cajun music Traditional Cajun Country and Texas swing Cajun Main article: Western swing This style involves heavy elements of Texas country music influence and a move away from the traditional accordion. Dancehall Cajun
Tejano music Tejano music or Tex-Mex music (Texan-Mexican music) is the name given to various forms of folk and popular music originating among the Mexican-American populations of Central and Southern Texas. With roots in the late 19th century, it became a music genre with a wider audience in the late 20th century thanks to artists such as Selena (often referred to as "The Queen of Tejano"), Mazz, La Mafia, La Sombra, Elida Reyna, Elsa García, Laura Canales, Oscar Estrada, Jay Perez, Emilio Navaira, Gary Hobbs, Shelly Lares, Stefani Montiel, David Lee Garza, Jennifer Peña, and La Fiebre. Origins Europeans from Germany (first during Spanish time and 1830s), Poland, and what is now the Czech Republic migrated to Texas and Mexico, bringing with them their style of music and dance. They brought with them the waltz, polkas, and other popular forms of music and dance. At the turn of the century, Tejanos were mostly involved in ranching and agriculture. Elements Tejano music was born in Texas.
Cajun Music | Entries D.L. Menard, sometimes called the “Cajun Hank Williams,” is one of the best-known Cajun songwriters. Learn more » Cajun music is an accordion- and fiddle-based, largely francophone folk music originating in southwestern Louisiana. Most people identify Cajun music with Louisiana’s Acadian settlers and their descendants, the Cajuns, but this music in fact refers to an indigenous mixture with complex roots in Irish, African, German, Appalachian as well as Acadian traditions. As distinct from zydeco music, Cajun music is most often performed by white musicians. Instrumentation Cajun music is marked by its exclusive use of the diatonic accordion (zydeco musicians, in contrast, use either the triple-row, chromatic, or diatonic accordion). A typical modern Cajun band, performing for a public dance, includes accordion, fiddle, guitar, bass, and drums. Style Songs The contemporary Cajun music repertoire includes hundreds of traditional songs and an ever-expanding list of newer material.
Music Genre: Salsa - Music of Puerto Rico Introduction The most widely heard and influential form of music from Puerto Rico today is called salsa. The term translates to English as "sauce" to denote music that spices and enlivens things. But not just any music. It is a complex musical genre that evolved from many roots into a uniquely Puerto Rican product. It could be said that "salsa" is primarily a commercial tag for contemporary Latin pop music that connotes a feeling that sums up the variety of redefined and reinterpreted styles at its roots. It encompasses a broad range of musical genres, instrumental combinations and cultural influences, ranging from Cuban son montuno, Puerto Rican bomba and plena, Dominican merengue, Cuban Yoruba ritual music and Afro-American jazz and rhythm and blues. At some time during the end of the 60's, Afro-Caribbean music had developed into was being called salsa. Neither has there been agreement precisely on how the term was invented, or by who. The basic rhythm of the salsa is the clave.