by May Ortega – The Pan American
Latin Music USA: The Chicano Wave is a movie about Chicano music struggles, hardships and success. This film was presented by the UTPA Library Feb. 24 in the Student Union Theater as part of America’s Music series, which started Jan. 6.
John J. Valadez wrote, directed and produced the film, which tells the story of the struggles Chicano artists, such as Little Joe y La Familia and Carlos Santana, have gone through since the mid-1950s to today in order to have their music heard. When conceptualizing the idea for the film, Valadez a critically acclaimed director, producer from Seattle, Wash., said he realized nobody had told the story of Mexican-American music.