A legacy for everyone

Tuesday was the fourteenth year since the death of Tejano Music singer, Selena. Selena Quintanilla Perez had a booming career in the Latin world with numerous hit singles; she had already won a Grammy and was dubbed the Queen of Tejano Music. Her life was cut short when the former manager of her boutiques and president of her fan club, shot her in the back.

I think that when people think of Spanish music, they think of Banda with it’s obnoxious beat (gross), Juanes (because they leraned him in Spanish class), and Selena.

I can honestly not remember one party, quinceañera, wedding or any event that did not play a song by Selena. In fact, each of those events at least played three of her songs. Everyone I know knows about Selena. It’s not even my friends who are Hispanic either. After the movie Selena came out, everybody knew her story. Everyone loves that movie. I love that movie.

Selena had not yet broken into mainstream English music yet, but it was said that she was going to be the first singer to crossover. Still after the movie came out, all of my friends seemed to know her story as well as I did. I remember her English songs being played on MTV and being played on mainstream English radio. Her dream came true.

It’s unbelievable to me that even 14 years after her death, Selena’s legacy is alive and well. Her movie is always on the television, there is always a celebration going on in her name and her music keeps getting played at all the quinceañeras and weddings I go to. We can all share her, no matter if you’re Mexican, White, Black or whatever. Her story is that of a person whose kindness is remembered by everyone, her culture and family is one that represent the Latino community so well.

Here is her English song “Dreaming of You.”


~ by zamomar on April 3, 2009.

3 Responses to “A legacy for everyone”

  1. i love “selenassss”

  2. I can’t hardly believe that it has been 14 years. News stations broke in to local programing in Texas to announce that she had been shot, and carried live coverage until she passed. She was awesome! God bless her family and her legacy, she was an awesome role model!

  3. Good post, I’ve loved her since I was a little kid, lowkey!

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