THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: JOSÉ ANGEL GUTIÉRREZ ON EL MOVIMIENTO PARTS ONE AND TWO, RICARDO ROMO’S TEJANO REPORT ON FLACO JIMENEZ, FLACO JIMENEZ ON THE STAR OF HIS CAREER AND FLACO JIMENEZ’S ACCORDION STYLINGS.
On the anniversary of the 1972 La Raza Unida convention in El Paso, Texas, with many activists meeting at the University of Texas at San Antonio this weekend, we post an interview with Raza Unida founder José Angel Gutiérrez. In part one of this interview he places the rise of Raza Unida in historical context and points to how the party gave impetus to the Chicano movement and to activism that is still evident today. In part Two, Gutiérrez points to the errors made and lessons learned and what remains to be done.
Also this week we showcase the musical genius of legendary accordion master, musician and singer Flaco Jimenez. Ricardo Romo brings us an in-depth interview with Flaco which he conducted last month. The interview with full of insightful backstory to this legendary musician. Check it out! Accompanying Ricardo’s blog we repost two videos of Flaco. In the first Flaco Jimenez speaks about his early days and how he got his start as a musician. In the second video, Flaco teams up with his bajo sexto accompanist Max Baca as he explains the different accordion styles he uses in his music. Not to be missed.
Enjoy your week on Latinopia!