To see him singing on television, the way he does for example on his latest
music video (“Mejores Que Ella” off of the “Un Millon De Rosas” CD), you’d
think that life was grand for Oscar De La Rosa, lead singer of La Mafia. And
Oscar admits that “it’s been fun.” But things weren’t always so. And things
still aren’t where he’d like them to be.
“We wouldn’t make any money to buy food,” remembers Oscar about the early
days. “We’d carry sandwiches, bologna with mayonnaise. Every once in a while,
we’d have cheese.” Traveling in a van and sleeping seven or so to a room was
how life used to be.
They worked constantly. “As long as I’ve been performing, I haven’t taken any
time off to kick back and relax.” But about six albums into their career,
“Things got better.”
Oscar, who doesn’t like talking about his age or his personal life in
general, grew up around music. His father owned a night club, Henry’s Night
Club. It was Oscar and his brother’s job to clean up the place.
“Bands would leave equipment. Me and Leonard would get there early to clean
up and we’d play. My dad saw we were interested.” So he encouraged the boys.
But it certainly wasn’t like it is now.
“I used to play drums. Then with the first group, I played keyboard. I
wouldn’t sing.” That’s when they were still the Mirasoles and they were
recording tunes like “Piojito.”
But by the time they recorded as La Mafia in 1980, Oscar was working the mike
just fine. “Something came over me that I wanted to be a singer,” says Oscar.
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