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Conjunto: A Tex-Mex Genre

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Conjunto is a generic term for a music ensemble in the Spanish-speaking world. However, in Mexico and the United States, conjunto refers to a style of music that developed in the Texas-Mexico border region. Sometimes called tejano conjunto, this style is closely related to norteño that comes from northern Mexico, as both feature the accordion, which was brought to the region by German and Czech immigrants. The style was pioneered in the 1920s and 1930s by the "father" of conjunto music, Narciso Martinez, and was mastered by Flaco Jiménez, now a 5-time Grammy winner. 

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Grammy winner Ramón Ayala, known as 'King of the Accordion,' at a concert in 2012.

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