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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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Mexico, The United States And Mariachi Music: A Look At Its Past, Present And Future
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Linda Fregoso
Claudia Zapata, Florencia Gutierrez, Gail San Miguel, Heriberto Molina
Sep 1, 1980

Mexico, the United States and Mariachi music: A look at its past, present and future

Linda Fregoso speaks with various people attending the International Mariachi Conference in San Antonio about the development of mariachi music in the United States and its relations with Mexican mariachi music. Fregoso first interviews Gail San Miguel, the national coordinator of the conference. San Miguel discusses the popularity of mariachi music with the younger generation of Chicanos. She explains that for Chicano youth, Mariachi music represents a link to their past and bridges the gap between them and their parents and grandparents. She then discusses the organization of the conference and its mission to provide a place where teachers and musicians can exchange ideas and techniques. The conference hosted a series of workshops with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan and Fregoso next speaks with the group’s spokesman Heriberto Molina about Mariachi music’s growing popularity in the United States and Mexico.

Fregoso then discusses the role of women in mariachi music, and she speaks with Florencia Gutierrez a lady mariachi about her experiences. Fregoso also speaks briefly with Claudia Zapata about learning from the Mariachi Vargas. Fregoso concludes with another brief conversation with Molina who says that he is pleased to see women playing Mariachi music and excited about the general passion for the music he has seen in the United States.


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