THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: RICARDO ROMO’S TEJANO REPORT ON LYDIA MENDOZA, SALVADOR “QUESO TORRES READS “THE EYES,” MATT SEDILLO READS “PILGRIM,” AND MARK GUERRERO’S CHICANO MUSIC PODCAST WITH GERI “GEREE” GONZALEZ.
This week a mix of music, art and poetry. We begin with Ricardo Romo’s Tejano Report on the famed and legendary singer Lydia Mendoza. Hey, she got a U.S. stamp named after her! Lydia is one of the founder of Tejano music and Ricardo gives the full lowdown on her rise to fame and enduring legacy.
In art and poetry, muralist Salvador “Queso” Torres who is one of the founders of San Diego’s Chicano Park, recalls life in San Diego’s Logan Heights barrio where he grew up and where police harassment was a constant threat to Chicanos. He reads his remembrance, “The Eyes,” showing that Queso can not only paint but he can also write!
Political poet Matt Sedillo returns with another of his original, thoughtful and declamatory poems, “Pilgrim.”
And Mark Guerrero’s podcast Chicano Music Chronicles returns with an interview with singer Geri “Geree” Gonzalez, lead singer of the Sixties Eastside sound group, The Village Callers and subsequently producer of several albums of her own music.
Enjoy your arty and musical week on Latinopia!