A lot has been said about their stylistic change of music for Grammy award winning La Mafia staying relevant in the changes within the music industry has not been an easy task.
The international Tejano band has had their struggles as they have adapted to an ever changing music market. Through the years La Mafia has been through several lineup changes and modified its sound from a hardcore Tejano group to a pop-ballad focused grupo. Over a span of three decades La Mafia has evolved and become to be one of Tejano music greatest musical acts.
Founding members of La Mafia said, “we are in new times where our world is dominated by the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and many other entertainment diversions. Music tastes keep changing and they should since music should always evolve”.
Truly La Mafia were the first ones to develop the techno-ballad cumbia sound. Producer and founding member Armando Litchenberger, Jr. says “We knew we had a hit… something new” you can hear the similarities of different bands trying to sound or at least mimic La Mafia’s sound, bands like Los Carlos, Cali Carranza and not to forget Xelencia, etc. These bands tried to evolve with their music but somehow found themselves lost in their evolution.
One song that clearly sounds like La Mafia but was recorded by two of the bands aforementioned was Leo Dan’s hit from the 60’s “Pideme La Luna”. “Pideme La Luna” is a highly requested song at La Mafia’s shows but lead vocalist Oscar De La Rosa says “that song has not been recorded by La Mafia”. The confusion is evident Oscar De La Rosa jokingly laughs it off. Who knows maybe La Mafia, may surprise us with their own version of “Pideme La Luna”.
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