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KWEI, Idahos first Spanish
station and now first with all Tejano music.
Talented local DJ's speak to 2nd
and 3rd generations of Hispanics, the fastest growing segment of
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In the 1850s 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.
However it was not until the Mexican Revolution (1910–1917) that
forced many of these Europeans to flee Mexico and into South
Texas, that their musical influence was to have a major impact
At the turn of the century, Tejanos were mostly involved in
ranching and agriculture. The only diversion was the occasional
traveling musician who would come to the ranches and farms.
Their basic instruments were the flute, guitar, and drum, and
they sang songs that were passed down through the generations
from songs originally sung in Mexico. One of these musicians was
Lydia Mendoza, who became one of the first to record Spanish
language music as part of RCA's expansion of their popular race
records of the 1920s. As these traveling musicos traveled into
areas where the Germans, Poles, and Czechs lived, they began to
incorporate the oom-pah sound into their music. Narciso "El
Huracan del Valle" Martinez, known as the father of conjunto
music, defined the accordion's role in conjunto music.
Central to the evolution of early Tejano music was the blend of
traditional forms such as the corrido and mariachi, and
Continental European styles, such as polka, introduced by
German and Czech settlers in the late 19th century. In
particular, the accordion was adopted by Tejano folk musicians
at the turn of the 20th century, and it became a popular
instrument for amateur musicians in Texas and Northern Mexico.
Small bands known as orquestas, featuring amateur musicians,
became a staple at community dances.
Norteño/conjunto accordion pioneer Narciso Martínez learned many
tunes from German and Czech brass bands and transposed them to
his accordion. Martínez gave accordion playing a new
virtuosity in the 1930s, when he adopted the two button row
accordion. At the same time, he formed a group with Santiago
Almeida, a bajo sexto player. Their new musical style, known as
conjunto, soon became the popular music of the working class
Tejano. Flaco Jiménez carried on Martinez's tradition of
accordion virtuosity and became a fixture on the international
World Music scene by the 1980s.
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Tejano radio station in the Treasure V.alley
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