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 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....
Resources 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:
Resources 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.