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La Plaza; Songs of the Homeland


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La Plaza
Songs of the Homeland
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Series Description

Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

This special tells the story of the Mexican American experience in Texas through its vibrant "Tejano" music. Spanning the period from the early 1900s to the present, the program documents the distinctive role played by folk music traditions as Tejanos -- Texas Mexican Americans -- adapted to a new society. Closely reflecting the spirit of the Tejano, the music has been shaped by the experience of existing between two cultures.

Filmed on location thoughout Texas, Songs of the Homeland tells the story of Tejano Music. This one-hour documentary features images of the past and present and includes performances and interviews with musical pioneers.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Songs of the Homeland,” 12/01/1999, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 21, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C865FEF549E541F9BFD94A84D02EC435.
MLA: “La Plaza; Songs of the Homeland.” 12/01/1999. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 21, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C865FEF549E541F9BFD94A84D02EC435>.
APA: La Plaza; Songs of the Homeland. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C865FEF549E541F9BFD94A84D02EC435
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