Quintanilla was tragically killed 24 years ago, but her music lives on stronger than ever.
Three El Paso singers are bringing her songs and her spirit to stages across the borderland as the tribute group “Si Una Vez” – the title to one of the music star’s biggest hits.
The trio – Mariana Garcia, Diana Dee and Lusy Medina – are set to perform at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on April 12.
“Selena was a pioneer for Latina women. Her unquestionable talent and incredible charm opened doors for our culture and music around the world,” said Garcia, 34, who also sings with the band Sensación.
“Her tenacity and conviction to stay true to herself broke all barriers and brought everyone together with her unique style – Latinos danced to the All-American 70s disco, while anglos enjoyed the mariachi sound,” Garcia said. “And then everyone did the cumbia.”
Born on April 16, 1971, in Lake Jackson, Texas, Selena Quintanilla would have been 48 years old this month.
Performing with her family’s band, Selena y Los Dinos, since she was 10 years old, she made her debut in the 1980s. She quickly became an award-winning recording artist with her albums “Amor Prohibido” and “Selena Live.”
Selena was killed by Yolanda Saldivar, the founder of her fan club, on March 31, 1995. Saldivar was later convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
“She has been gone for 24 years, but continues to spread joy and unite people through her biggest legacy: Music,” Garcia said.
Selena’s last album, “Dreaming of You,” her first English-language production, was released posthumously in 1995. She was posthumously honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her life story was told in the 1997 movie, “Selena,” in which she was portrayed by the then less-known Jennifer Lopez.