Austin celebrates Selena Day, honoring legacy of ‘Queen of Tejano music’

At 5 years previous, Tanisha Washington first watched the 1997 movie “Selena.”

Washington’s connection to Selena Quintanilla didn’t cease at her childhood, carrying her love for the Texas-born singer into maturity.

“I grew up singing in choir, and I’ve all the time been so impressed by her expertise, her persona and the way she was so forward of her time,” Washington stated. “It’s tragic that she was taken at 23 years previous. She would have went on to be one of many greatest superstars of our world … when it got here to vogue, music (and) her capability to not solely be a tremendous performer however a tremendous human being.”

Quintanilla’s influential music and magnificence stays a quintessential piece of Texas’ cultural historical past. Since 1995, when then-governor and former President George W. Bush declared April 16 as Selena Day in Texas, followers previous and new proceed to have fun the Tejano singer’s legacy. On Sunday, South Austin bar Lulu’s hosted a Selena Day occasion, which included bingo, Selena’s hits and a Selena dress-up contest.

“It’s an effective way to carry the group collectively to help and have fun such a legend,” Washington stated. “Even if you happen to come and also you don’t know a lot about her, (by) being round everybody and simply seeing the celebration … you possibly can study a lot about her.”

Attending the Selena Day celebration, Daniela Shout stated, as a newcomer to Texas, she witnesses how Selena’s followers hold her legacy alive.

“I simply realized about Selena, and I’m completely impressed,” Shout stated. “I wish to study extra about her and the way she conjures up others.”

Evelyn Baez, a radio-television-film junior, attended the occasion and cited Selena as one in every of her first function fashions.

“She’s an icon right here in Texas,” Baez stated. “I believe it’s an excellent thought to have fun her birthday and get different individuals who don’t actually know the artist to get to know her music and her artwork.”

Lydia Isnanto stated seeing youthful generations embrace Latin music conjures up her as a Mexican-American.

“It’s inspiring that (folks) are desirous to learn about you, and Selena is an efficient illustration of that,” Isnanto stated.

Isnanto stated she feels compelled to study every thing about her ancestors, regardless that she lives within the U.S. Regarding Selena as a Mexican American, Isnanto stated she identifies with sitting on the intersection of two cultures.

“You may relate to each cultures,” Isnanto stated. “You’re impressed by what your dad and mom grew up with, and it influences you mentally, however you additionally hearken to English music or artwork. You’re drawn to that as nicely. You’re within the center.”

Rising up, Roxana Flores stated she listened to Selena’s music, watched the biopic and admired the singer, prompting her to attend the celebration. Flores stated she admires how Selena broke boundaries, crossed obstacles and continues to encourage future generations to do the identical.

“Ni de aquí, ni de allá,” Flores stated. “She represented that you may achieve success, you may be each.”