INTERVIEW

The Birth of Tejano Part 1

Featuring: Joe Jama
Time: 1:02 minutes
Excerpt:"That’s where Tejano music is, and all it is, it’s just down home music, you know, west side, south side of San Antonio."
full transcript

Tejano music started here in San Antonio, here in Texas.  That’s where Tejano music is, and all it is, it’s just down home music, you know, west side, south side of San Antonio, and you know, it’s just down home music, tells you all about love, hate. 

 It’s just like, just like what country music tells the country people, you know.  It’s all about -- it’s love, hate, you know, everything rolled into one, one sound, you know, with the horns, and to me that’s what Tejano music’s all about.  To me back then, that was the real Tejano music, with horns.  When we had, when we had a big band, you know, the horn section meant a lot.  Nowadays, it’s like accordion.  There’s more conjunto, you know, and I do like that, but to me the Tejano sound is the horn sound.  The real Tejano music, to me, when you have a horn section, that’s the sound, to me, not the accordion, the horns.