Remembering Selena at 41

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995),

The anniversary of Selena Quintanilla’s death is always bittersweet, one moment we commemorate her passing and 16 days later we celebrate her birth. I like to think that this in-between period leads to a figurative resurrection. Seventeen years have gone by and Selena still makes our hearts, pitter-patter “Bidi bidi bom bom.” Before she died she was crowned the Queen of Tejano Music and posthumously she became a Latina legend.

Every year, since she was gunned down on March 31, 1995, a new Selena album is remastered or remixed. This year Capitol Latin is releasing Enamorada De Ti, a 13 track CD that includes some of Selena’s biggest hits. Her voice was re-arranged to create duets featuring Selena Gomez, Cristian Castro, Don Omar and Samo.

Even more anticipated is the book To Selena, With Love by her husband, Chris Perez. The guitarist, who until now has stayed quite about their marriage, recently told CNN,  “I thought enough time had passed. I was comfortable putting some of the stories and the memories that I had of Selena to paper.”

It is hard to imagine where Selena’s career would be today or the woman she would have flourished into. Hard to imagine the young 23-year-old Selena who left us that spring turning 41 on April 16.

Thankfully she left us with a beautiful musical legacy that we can appreciate online. We can sing-along to videos of her live performances and recall her infamous big laughter.


Teacher for a day!

Selena was proud of her Mexican-American heritage. In this video Selena plays teacher for a day. I wonder what our chicano/a studies teacher would say about Arizona’s ethnic studies ban?

“Today I’m going to teach you something they didn’t teach me in school, something I know really well, Mexican-American music!”

From Rancheras to Pop

Selena’s vocal range was impression, but so was her versatility within genres of music. Here she belts out Que Creias at the Johnny Canales Show.

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Selena or Seleeena?

In this interview with Puro Tejano she talks about her future plans which included the English crossover album, commercial endorsements and a new boutique. Her laugh is contagious!

[Interview starts at 1:15 mark] 

The Last Concert

Selena’s English crossover promise was best exhibited in her opening performance at the Houston Astrodome.

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Selena – Disco Medly – I will Survive / Funk Town / Last Dance

A Millennial Selena

Capital Latin wants us to image an older Selena – collaborating with some of today’s biggest pop stars. It’s impressive – Selena’s voice is truly timeless.

Here she is in a ballad version of Amor Prohibido featuring Samo from the band Camila. Nostalgic.

[Best viewed in 720 p HD quality]

Feel free to share yours favorite videos below!


2 Comments Add yours

  1. maritza b. says:

    I have so many favorites…! …but I’ve always loved this one:

    This is another favorite! Selena y Los Dinos performing La Bamba (soooo goood!):

    1. Thank you Maritza B. I love those two as well – especially the outfits – bolero style Selena! 🙂

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