La Mafia lead singer Oscar de la Rosa expressed his frustration with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on stage at southeast Houston’s Club El Dorado. The four-time Grammy Award-winning artist had a problem with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s “Go Tejano” day, which drew protests in past years for not featuring Tejano musicians. On Saturday, Oscar de la Rosa, the lead singer of La Mafia spoke out and told the organizers (the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) Board/Executive Committee) of the Go Tejano Day Livestock And Rodeo Show to “F_ck You” for not allowing Tejano music at this year’s major arena event.
Rodeo officials released the following statement, “The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo proudly celebrates the Hispanic heritage of Texas in all of its many facets on Go Tejano Day. “Go Tejano” has never been specific to one genre of music—it’s a play on our popular “Go Texan” slogan which was created in the 1950s.”
In 2008, RodeoHouston’s chief operating officer told the Chronicle Tejano bands were not put on the rodeo’s main stage on Tejano day that year because most visitors on Go Tejano Day would rather hear other genres of music. The organizers of the event say that they still used the “GO Tejano Day” theme and included other Hispanic music except the dominant Tejano (Tex-Mex) style of music heard throughout Texas.
La Mafia’s Oscar De La Rosa says RodeoHouston refuses to book Tajano acts for its Go Tejano Day concert lineups. De la Rosa including many Tejano style fans disagree and believe that they’re being discriminated, people should speak up and send e-mails to the Go Tejano Day organizers for them to reconsider and add a Tejano music venue as well. De la Rosa indicated that “it’s okay for Tejanos to participate at the rodeo event, but Tejano music is not allowed at the major arena.”
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