La Mafia

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La Mafia
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La Mafia's Oscar de la Rosa shaking hands with fans at a concert
Background information
Origin Houston, Texas, United States
Genres Tejano, Latin pop
Years active 1980–present
Labels Urbana Records
Website http://www.lamafia.com
Members Oscar De La Rosa - Vocalist
Armando (Mando) Lichtenberger Jr. - accordion, keyboards and Producer
Tim Ruiz - bass
Eduardo Torres - drums
David De La Garza- keyboards & background vocals
Viktor Pacheco - guitar
Robbie Longoria - six bass-percussions
Past members Leonardo Gonzales - guitar
Robert Gonzales - guitar & bass guitar
Marion Aquilina - guitar
Israel (Speedy) Villanueva - bass guitar
Adolf Alonso - bass guitar
Rudy Martinez - bass guitar
Jason Rodriguez - bass guitar
Tony Rodriguez - drums
Mario Gonzalez - drums
Adam Mosqueda - drums
Michael Aguilar - drums
Jesse Moreno - sax
Jesse Peralez - sax
Rick Patino - sax-trumpet
David Flores - sax
Joe Gonzales - drums

La Mafia is a four-time Grammy Award-winning musical group. It has its roots in the Northside neighborhood of Houston, Texas, and has charted a course as a Latin music band.

History[edit]

La Mafia was founded in 1980 in Houston, TX. Vocalist Oscar De La Rosa & producer/keyboardist/accordionist Armando Lichtenberger Jr. created an original style that survived various changes in the music industry. The band consists of Tim Ruiz on bass, David de la Garza on keyboards and background vocals, Eduardo Torres on drums, Viktor Pacheco on Guitar and Robbie Longoria on six bass and percussion. in 2007 The band has won 2 Grammys & 2 Latin Grammys was nominated in 2009 for a Latin Grammy for the album Eternamente Romanticos.

La Mafia, seeking to expand their musical horizons, began touring extensively in Mexico and Latin America beginning in the late 1980s. The practice of Mexican-American artists performing in Mexico on a large scale was unheard of before La Mafia.[citation needed] Back home, La Mafia has performed in front of three record-setting crowds at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at the Houston Astrodome.

Band Members[edit]

  • Oscar De La Rosa - vocalist
  • Armando Lichtenberger Jr. - accordion, keyboards & Producer
  • Tim Ruiz - bass
  • Eduardo Torres - drums
  • David De La Garza - keyboards & background vocals
  • Viktor Pacheco - guitar
  • Robbie Longoria - six bass-percussions

Former Members[edit]

  • Leonardo Gonzales (brother of Oscar De La Rosa Gonzales) - guitar
  • Robert Gonzales - guitar & bass guitar
  • Marion Aquilina - guitar
  • Juan Galvan- guitar
  • Israel (Speedy) Villanueva - bass guitar
  • Adolf Alonso - bass guitar
  • Rudy Martinez - bass guitar
  • Jason Rodriguez - bass guitar
  • Tony Rodriguez - drums
  • Mario Gonzalez - drums
  • Adam Mosqueda - drums
  • Michael Aguilar - drums
  • Jesse Moreno - Sax
  • Jesse Peralez - Sax
  • Rick Patino - Sax-Trumpet
  • David Flores - Sax
  • Joe Gonzales - drums

Discography[edit]

Since 1993, La Mafia has recorded each of its hits at its own Urbana Recording Studios, including the million-selling Estas Tocando Fuego and Ahora y Siempre. The band has recorded 35 albums and CDs, not including dozens of compilation and greatest hits releases.

Studio albums[edit]

Compilations, duets and live albums[edit]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

La Mafia received Grammy Awards for its CDs Un Millón de Rosas and En Tus Manos and Latin Grammy Awards for its CDs Para El Pueblo and Nuevamente. It also has received eight Premio Lo Nuestro Awards and 12 Tejano Music Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the latter, numerous Billboard awards and was listed in the top 10 Billboard Latin Artists for the entire decade of the 1990s, ranking La Mafia as the most successful Latin artist Houston has ever produced.

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