Watch Selena Quintanilla Get Real About Being a Mexican-American Artist in Rare 1994 TV Interview

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Selena Quintanilla in the press room at the 1994 Grammy Awards in New York City. 

Selena Quintanilla’s legacy continues to shine, and a rare video interview posted to her official social media accounts further proves it.

On Tuesday, Selena’s official Facebook page posted a nearly 20-minute-long, never-before-seen TV interview recorded in Mexico when the Queen of Tejano was promoting her album Amor Prohibido.

“In December of 1994, Selena made a promotional tour through the city of Puebla and went on the show Esta Mañana that was broadcast on TV3 under the direction of Gilberto Brenis,” states the post. “In this interview, we can see Selena's charismatic presence, her humility, and that unforgettable laugh & smile.”

In the interview, Selena talked about being a Mexican-American singer and bringing her music to the forefront in the U.S. “There’s a market. Hispanics and Mexicans are everywhere,” she told the host. “There’s a market for the Tejano music. Basically, it’s a strong market in Texas, where we formed. Tejano music was stronger in the past, but there’s a cycle of change; you have rock, romantic ballads, and now the Tejano music is going strong again.”

In the mission of keeping the Tejano and cumbia scene alive, Selena also talked about experimenting with new genres.

“Our group [Los Dinos] is Tejano, but the beauty of it is that we're very versatile,” she said. “In every album, we try to experiment with our music,” she says, giving examples of “techno cumbia,” cumbia fused with electronic and rap, and “Si Una Vez,” where mariachi and cumbia meet. “I think that’s the best part of the group, that we can play other types of music and combine them.”

Thanks to this rare gem, we also discovered new fun facts about Selena, like that she would rather sing than write her music, she was obsessed with chipotle sauce, she would never cheat on her boyfriend, and she really disliked her hips.

Watch the entire video below.


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