The music made by Selena Quintanilla benefited from Chicana musical predecessors like Lydia Mendoza, Vicki Carr and Laura Canales. Selena started as an 11-year old in the family band organized by her father. By 1991, the band was famous for the ability she developed to turn the Mexican cumbia into dance-party hits. On March 31, 1995, she was shot to death by the former president of her fan club. More than 30,000 people filed by her casket, affirming the affection felt for this shining young star of Tejana music, who left us with the unforgettable tunes in Dreaming of You, released four months after her death.
This piece was silkscreened at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts as part of an 8-piece portfolio featuring local Bay Area printmakers. The portfolio also included prints by Jesus Barraza, Tony Carranza, Mariana Garibay, Michael Roman, Calixto Robles, Patricia Rodriguez, and Ali Blum.
Text by Elizabeth "Betita" Martinez, author of 500 Years of Chicano History
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