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La Mafia Love Not War – “Me Estoy Eanamorando”

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This is the famous leather jacket that Oscar wore in the “Me Estoy Enamorando” music video.

Esta es la famosa chamarra que Oscar uso en el video musical de “Me Estoy Enamorando”.



ME ESTOY ENAMORANDO




Oscar de la Rosa

La Mafia's Constant Success

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La Mafia became the premier Tejano band, winning just about every award there was in the genre. But success almost proved more fatal than failure.

“About `89 was when I was frustrated,” says Oscar. “It was too much. It gets to a point where you have no life. At that time were doing 2 albums a year. It was really stressful.”

Then just as it appeared to be too much, La Mafia exploded again in a new direction. “Con Tanto Amor” became the last completely Tejano album they recorded.

“There’s a lot of groups that are afraid to try something new. You have to do something that you want to do rather than live with, I could have at least tried.”

What Oscar and La Mafia tried was to move into the pop arena.

“We had been in Mexico and had seen what was happening. I was seeing the type of music that they played, and I wanted to try it.” That was 1990 and “Estas Tocando Fuego” was released. According to Oscar that is the album “which sold the most records at that time.”

“We wanted to try something new. We had more pop cumbias, pop boleros and still had this flavor of us being from Texas. We were the first ones to attempt it.”

“We attempted it. We were willing to take that chance,” says Oscar and adds that many groups are not willing to go out on a limb for their music. “I wish they’d take that risk and attempt something different. If they’re successful they can be proud. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished.”

For Oscar, the rewards are more than monetary. “What’s is so cool is when you go to a show and the place is full of people and you think God, they’re here to see me. That’s probably the most awesome feeling.”



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La Mafia - Billboard Top 25

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La Mafia helped detonate the explosion of Tejano music that swept the country in the 80’s and early 90’s. The group notched 13 top 10s and four No. 1s, including “Me Estoy Enamorando,” which spent nine weeks at the top of the chart.



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La Mafia - "Si Quiere Dios" Farewell Tour

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La Mafia’s Farewell Tour was held on Saturday, July 10, 1999 at Six Flags in Arlington, Tx Los Palominos and Jennifer y Los Jetz also performed.

In San Antonio, Tx, La Mafia’s last song was “Si Quiere Dios”. Oscar gives it his all when singing that song, bringing almost everyone to tears.

La Mafia brought fans on stage twice that night making those fans dream come true.

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SI QUIERE DIOS



La Mafia 19th Annual Tejano Music Awards – “Si Quiere Dios”

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SI QUIERE DIOS



La Mafia Que Onda…Momentos!



MOMENTOS
               



Momentos

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1. Momentos   
2. Mi Amor Sin Ti   
3. Loco De Gusto   
4. Dicen   
5. Soy Tan Feliz   
6. Quisiera Ser Yo   
7. Dejame Seguir Asi   
8. A Donde Puedo Ir   
9. Dejame Llorar   
10. Grande Fantasia   
11. Soy Tan Feliz (With Accordion)   
12. Angels And Miracles   
Album: Momentos
Rec.L/Disc.: Sony Discos
Year/Año: 1999

Side/Lado [A]

Momentos

Ricardo Quijano

Mi Amor Sin Ti

Ricardo Quijano

Loco De Gusto

Armando Lichtenberger, Jr./Edel Ramirez

Dicen

Ricardo Quijano

Soy Tan Feliz

Ricardo Quijano

Quisiera Ser Yo

Edel Ramirez

Side/Lado [B]

Dejame Seguir Asi

Edel Ramirez

A Donde Puedo Ir

Oscar De La Rosa/Edel Ramirez

Dejame Llorar

Ricardo Quijano

Grande Fantasia

Edel Ramirez

Angels And Miracles

Vince Melamed/Greg Barnhill


Momentos debuted on July 24, 1999.

La Mafia: Arcives

AS La Mafia’s Farewell After Nearly two decades of Making Music,

MOMENTOS is an expectedly confident and Solidly Produced Affair.

The Houston-based Tejano supergroup announced its separation last December, much to the surprise of fans and the Spanish-language music industry. Lead singer Oscar de la Rosa said he had grown weary of endless touring and performing, and he expressed disappointment with the way Sony Discos, La Mafia’s longtime label, handled the group’s promotion in Mexico.

Momentos showcases La Mafia’s unmistakable blend of traditional Tejano elements and slick pop sensibilities on lilting cumbias such as “Mi Amor Sin Ti,” “Dejen Me Seguir Asi” and “Grande Fantasia.” Equally effective are the more straightforward rancheras, including “Loco de Gusto” and “A Donde Puedo Ir.” Its fusion of old and new has incited criticism from some Tejano traditionalists, but La Mafia isn’t backing down.

“Soy Tan Feliz,” the album’s joyous first single, blends cumbia rhythms, rock-guitar riffs and tropical elements with de la Rosa’s confident vocals – all anchored by a catchy chorus. The album also features a bonus “Tejano” version of the song, with added accordion.

Aside from that attempt to appease radio programmers, “Momentos” is even more aggressive in its pop approach “Angels and Miracles” is a shuffling English track highlighted by wistful guitar licks and sweet instrumentation. “Dicen” and “Dejame Llorar” are heartbreaking ballads sure to incite plenty of swooning, thanks to de la Rosa’s plaintive delivery.

The title track is a musical farewell to fans it’s a bittersweet moment and a fitting goodbye for a group whose music still represents a refreshing break from the often-stifling world of Tejano music.

La Mafia: Arcives

LA MAFIA CALLS IT QUITS!

Twice Grammy Award winners, La Mafia, has decided to call it quits after twenty years of performing. The group’s singer, Oscar De La Rosa said he actually had made up his mind almost five years ago when he had asked their previous management he wanted to do an album on his own. Oscar said that there was even plans on replacing him with a new vocalist after bringing that up. “I just wanted to see what I can do as an individual. Just to see what I could do.” When La Mafia decided to restructure the group, they also decided to replace the management because they felt management had lost their faith in the group. “Sometimes changes are better. You have to make changes. If you never make changes in your life, you’ll never know what you’ll be able to accomplish, or what you could have accomplished. And I don’t want to live on ‘I could of’, I want to live by ‘I’ll try it now’, and if it works for me, let least it was something I got a chance to try and if it doesn’t, fine.”, said Oscar. About two 2 years Oscar brought the group together and said since the contract is about to expire with Sony, now will be the time to try this.

“I left the road a year ago”, said keyboard/accordionist, Mando. “Because I have dedicated myself more to managing the group and personally couldn’t handle the wear and tear anymore. I would have ended up in the hospital, by producing, playing, managing and I knew I had to make a change.” Mando said Oscar called him about a year ago from Mexico and said, “This is it. Set up a meeting. I can’t do it at this pace anymore”. On December 2, 1998, La Mafia announced their retirement.

When asked by Roy Arellano of Tejanomusic.com, how they felt after receiving TTMA’s “Lifetime Achievement Award”, they responded with “very happy and honored”. “We finally got the recognition the group deserved”, said Oscar.

Their latest album “Momentos” that had just been released, contains every different style of mexican music: Norteño, Balada, and Cumbia, including an original Tejano style song. Oscar believes La Mafia has been the only group that has had a #1 hit in every style mentioned above. There’s even a “Balada Rock”, as described by Oscar, on the new CD called “Angels and Miracles”. Their new single off the “Momentos” CD is “Soy Tan Feliz”

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Euforia

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1. Ayer Y Hoy   
2. Ahora   
3. Pase Lo Que Pase   
4. Nadie Como Tu   
5. Si Tu No Estas   
6. No La He Podido Olvidar   
7. Tal Vez Puedas Quererme   
8. Pido   
9. Por Hacerte Feliz   
10. Nueva   


Album: Euforia
Rec.L/Disc.: Sony Discos
Year/Año: 1998

Side/Lado [A]

Ayer Y Hoy

Chein Garcia Alonso

Ahora

Victor Daniel

Pase Lo Que Pase

Victor Daniel

Nadie Como Tu

Juan Quispe

Si Tu No Estas

Roberto Morales

Side/Lado [B]

No La He Podido Olvidar

Teofilo Ramirez Del Rio

Tal Vez Puedas Quererme

Jorge Luis Piloto

Pido

Jorge Luis Piloto

Por Hacerte Feliz

Michael Figueroa

Nueva

Chein Garcia Alonso


Euforia debuted on September 1, 1998.

Hot Latin Tracks

Name Debut Position Peak Position
Pido 10/24/98 13 11/07/98 6



Regional Mexican Songs

Name Debut Position Peak Position
Pido 10/24/98 13 11/07/98 10



Latin Pop Songs

Name Debut Position Peak Position
Pido 11/07/98 12 11/21/98 9

 

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La Mafia Ships Platinum with “Euforia”

New Album by Super-group Goes Platinum Prior to Release

Scheduled for official release on September 1st, the newest La Mafia studio effort has been certified platinum by Sony Discos executives. While in Miami for a “Midem Latin America & Caribbean 1998” showcase, members of La Mafia were presented with Platinum Record plaques by Sony Discos U.S. President Oscar Llord. Whosesale orders to retail outlets totaled more than 100,000 units, thus qualifying ‘Euforia’ for platinum status.

Held at the world famous South Beach Brasserie, the special Platinum presentation ceremony was attended by Jorge Pino, V.P./G.M. of Sony Latin, Rafael Cuevas, V.P./G.M. Sony Tropical and Ray Martinez, Vice President and General Manager for Sony Tejano. The presence of representatives from the various Sony divisions underscored the broad popularity of the two-time Grammy Award winning La Mafia.

According to Jorge Pino, chief executive in charge of Sony’s Latin pop division, ‘Euforia’ will get a major label push in Puerto Rico and the rest of Latin America. The album, says Oscar Llord, will play well in both Mexican Regional and internatioal pop formats.

Produced by Mando Lichtenberger Jr., the album was introduced with “Pido,” a lush bolero written by Jorge Luís Piloto, a long-time La Mafia collaborator. The single has drawn favorable comparisons to classic Mafia hits such as “Me Estoy Enamorando,” “Vida” and “Para Siempre Contigo.”

Ray Martinez, a Sony executive based in San Antonio, is committed to the project and has made the album a marketing and promotional priority. “We’re very impressed with this record,” said Martinez. “With Euforia, La Mafia continues to set new stylistic and innovative standards. We’re plan to give it all we’ve got.”

In support of the album, La Mafia will swing through La Vegas for a show at the Flamingo Hilton while kicking off a major three-month tour through Mexico.

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La Mafia Gira En Mexico ’98

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La Mafia – Festival Acapulco

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