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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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The Development Of Chicano Music
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Armando GutiƩrrez
Armando GutiƩrrez
Jun 6, 1978

The Development of Chicano Music

Host Armando Gutierrez discusses the development of Chicano Music and offers several examples of the different styles that have evolved over the years. He first discusses the corrido and its basic elements, including its instrumentation and narrative structure and he plays a clip of the song El Gato Negro. Gutierrez then explains that some Chicano music incorporated elements of other American music styles, including jazz, and increased the beat to make the songs more conducive to dancing. Other groups, such as Los Chachos, have experimented with the accordion and tried to make new sounds with the instrument, sometimes by connecting it to an amplifier.

Gutierrez then discusses another band, Los Fabulosos Cuatro, and its unique sound, which blends polka and country influences. Some Chicano musicians have been able to cross-over to Anglo audiences, including the San Antonio band, The Royal Jesters. The last clip Gutierrez plays is from the band Mayo, a Corpus Christi group which incorporates some Dixieland elements as well as polka and which has lately found some success outside of South Texas. Gutierrez concludes that Chicano music is as diverse as the community from which it comes.


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