The lead singer of La Mafia Tejano band lashed out at organizers of the Houston “Go Tejano Day Livestock and Rodeo Show” for not allowing Tejano music at the major arena event. In a video that circulated on social networks during Saturday’s St. Valentine’s Dance at the El Dorado Club in front of a packed house Oscar De la Rosa, said… “as Latinos we never say nothing and keep our mouths shut, it’s time for us to speak out and time for us to stand our ground and say what we feel.” De la Rosa acknowledged on stage that his rodeo-bashing would raise some eyebrows. I know that I’m going to catch a lot of [grief] for this. You don’t realize what’s going to happen,” he said with a mischevious grin.
The singer’s criticism carries weight because of his strong history at Rodeo Houston. Founded in Houston in 1980, Tejano music band La Mafia set an audience record at the rodeo in 1991, drawing more than 55,000 fans to the Astrodome. They’ve been a rodeo hit in subsequent years as well, in fact La Mafia holds all time ‘Go Tejano’ attendance records for the Houston’s annual Live Stock Show and Rodeo for 1992, 1996 and again in 1998.
The organizers of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) event have phased out Tejano music in the last three to four years and has ignited protests from Tejano music enthusiasts and an online petition has even been started. The Tejano petition says, “…The HLSR board claims that it’s mission is to serve all ethnic groups that make up the Houston area but when it comes to Tejanos they seem to ignore them, although we make up a large portion of Houston’s area population. This change can make an positive impact on any child to defend the values, culture, and education. Please join, support and help us bring Tejano music back to The Major arena so it could continue to be an American tradition.” More than 3,000 have signed the petition.
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