Selena Quintanilla: Queen of Tejano

Kenia Castaneda, Writer

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Selena Quintanilla, born to Abraham Jr. and Marcela Quintanilla, came from a modest family. Selena, youngest of the three Quintanilla children, attended elementary school in Lake Jackson, a small town near Houston, Texas.

At six years old, her father saw her talent and trained her in music. Around age ten, Selena took a role as the lead singer in her family’s band, Selena Y Los Dinos. The band featured her brother Abraham lll on bass guitar and her sister Suzette on the drums, and her father Abraham, a former musician, managed and produced the band that practiced almost everyday.

In 1980, Selena’s father opened a restaurant. The musical group started out playing in opportune times at the restaurant on the weekends, and at weddings and parties in Texas. Selena grew up speaking English, but her father taught her to sing in Spanish so she could relate more with the Latino community.

Her father started to write original Spanish- language songs for the band to perform, which made it difficult for her to learn. After much practice, Selena eventually learned to speak Spanish fluently.

Some of Selena’s fan favorites songs include Como La Flor, Bidi Bidi Bom Bom, and Baila Esta Cumbia.

Selena , the “ Queen Of Tejano”, blended Mexican Music that incorporated other styles like country. Critics  referred her as the “ Mexican Madonna” because of her revealing outfits and dance moves.

Sadly, on March 31, 1995, Yolanda Saldivar, president of her fan club, murdered Selena in a Corpus Christi motel room. Many of Selena’s fans mourned her death, and with that attention, it made her even more famous.

The album “ Dreaming Of You” , released after her death, sold more than a million copies. The album produced the wide success Selena always hoped for. It also introduced Tejano music to million of new fans, and at the Houston Astrodome, a place she often performed, she received a memorial concert.

Selena–the legend lives on!







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