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Documentary master Les Blank and Chris Strachwitz's Chulas Fronteras is a joyous introduction to Norteña music and culture that exists along the Texas-Mexican border. The music is a fusion of traditional Mexican harmonies, German dancehall rhythms, and a little something extra. From soulful, lively dance tunes to political work songs, música Norteña has evolved since the turn of the 20th century into a unique Mexican-American hybrid. Blank & Strachwitz link the music's spirit and vitality to the strong family bonds of Tejanos. The plight of migrant workers adds a sobering backbeat to this joyous film. (58 min.)
Preceded by the short "Del Mero Corazón," directed by Blank and Maureen Gosling. (29 min.)
Los Alegres de Terán, a vocal duet founded by a pair of humble migrant
workers from northern Mexico, stands as one of the most influential,
long-lived and commercially successful regional music acts from the last
half of the 20th century. The duo of Tomás Ortiz and Eugenio Ábrego are
today remembered as the fathers of modern norteño music, the
accordion-based country style that traversed borders as fluidly as its
Lydia Mendoza (1916-2007) was one the most enduring and highly
honored female artists to hail from the immigrant Mexican-American
communities of the Southwest United States. Nicknamed “La Alondra De La
Frontera” (The Meadowlark of the Borderlands) and “La Cancionera De Los
Pobres” (The Songstress of the Poor), the singer-guitarist enjoyed a
career that spanned well over half a century, hundreds of recordings,
and thousands of personal appearances.
Starting humbly as a child singing with her impoverished family for
tips, Mendoza quickly emerged as a pioneer in the field of
Mexican-American popular music. She became the genre’s first female
superstar at a time when the business of vernacular music was still in
its infancy, and dominated by men. For decades she served as a role
model and inspiration for other female artists.