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La Mafia Stays True To Their Fans

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Closely associated with Tejano’s greatest era in the 1980s and early ’90s, the band’s music is the equivalent of classic rock for la raza, and La Mafia is as much a brand as a musical group.

On the radio, La Mafia often falls into the recuerdos formats.

“We’ve been fortunate that some of our songs have crossed into that plateau of standards,” Lichtenberger said. “When we come into an area, we’re definitely (preceded) by our hits. I feel very lucky.”

But the superstar band isn’t immune to the downturn in the Tejano music marketplace — fewer radio stations, smaller budgets and changing demographics and tastes.

Lichtenberger says the only choice is to stay true to their roots and their fans.

“We’re in the studio finishing out an album, and we do think about, ‘Who do we plan on satisfying?’ It’s a tough battle,” he explained.

“All bands that have been around as long as we’ve been around have that same challenge. Basically, we just do what feels good. But there’s no way we can do some of the (regional Mexican) styles that are on the radio.”

He’s referring to some of the hyper West Coast sounds coming into vogue, including musica alterada, an ultra-fast variant of norteño.

“It translates to accelerated music, basically. When you hear it, you understand why,” Lichtenberger said.

“It’s like norteño turned up on 78 rpm. It’s like a rave, a whole different scene. We have nothing in common. We’re always looking for that common denominator. It’s getting harder.”



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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.



ME ESTOY ENAMORANDO




Nuevamente

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1. Quiero Amanecer Contigo
2. Si Quiere Dios
3. Mi Loca Pasion
4. Yo Se Que Te Iras
5. Tu, Tu Y Solo Tu
6. Nuestra Cancion
7. Para El Pueblo
8. Soy Tuyo
9. De Norte A Sur
10. Estas Tocando Fuego
11. Que Hare Yo
12. Nadie Como Tu
13. Quiero, Quiero
Album: Nuevamente                                               14. Arrancame El Corazon
Rec.L/Disc.: Univision / Urbana Records          15. Me Estoy Volviendo Loco
Year/Año:2006                                                        16. Mandame Un E-Mail

Side/Lado [A]

Quiero Amanecer Contigo

Edgar Cortazar/Rafael Esparza Ruiz

Si Quiere Dios

Juan Hernandez Barron

Mi Loca Pasion

Benjamin Sanchez Mota

Yo Se Que Te Iras

Ricardo Quijano

Tu, Tu Y Solo Tu

Luis Silva

Nuestra Cancion

Homero D. Rodriguez

Yo Se Que Te Iras

Ricardo Quijano

Para El Pueblo

Jose G.Escamilla/Chris Dominguez

Soy Tuyo

Gerardo Olvera Cavazos

De Norte A Sur

Felipe De Jesus, Jr.

Estas Tocando Fuego

Jorge Luis Piloto

Que Hare Yo

E.J. Ledesma

Nadie Como Tu

Jose G.Escamilla

Quiero, Quiero

Luis Silva

Arrancame El Corazon

Ricardo Quijano

Me Estoy Volviendo Loco

Jose Javier Solis

Mandame Un E-Mail

Edel Ramirez


Nuevamente debuted on May 23, 2006.

This CD/DVD is like an anthology of the first 25 years of La Mafia’s carreer, with songs going way back to the early 80s and songs from the 90s albums that propelled La Mafia (and Tejano Music) into the national and international spotlight , and appropiately includes a few songs from “Para El Pueblo” for which they won the Latin Grammy in the same year they celebrated their 25th anniversary and were inducted into the Houston Hall of Fame. The album also contains two brand new songs “Quiero Amanecer Contigo” and “Mandame Un E-Mail.” The only way that all of these songs could be recorded on the same label, was to completely rerecord them with great care to remain true to the original sound. Due to the fact that the original recorded tracks were recorded on various labels who own the catalogs to them.


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La Mafia – Latin Grammy, My Houston

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LA MAFIA 20 GRANDES EXITOS
               



La Mafia's Milestone

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La Mafia strayed from its blueprint in its last few albums.

“We fight it,” Lichtenberger said. “Artists go through this all the time. We think, ‘That was our hit, that was the type of music we did, but now we want to do something new,’ but we’ve already accepted that some of the La Mafia style is set in stone. That’s us, and no one else sounds like us. And we’re proud of that.”

Along with De la Rosa and Lichtenberger, guitarist Tim Ruiz, bass player Rudy Martinez, drummer Joe Gonzales and keyboardist David de la Garza make up La Mafia. Founding member Leonard Gonzales left the group in 1999.

With the new album and a full concert schedule, La Mafia is officially back.
The group is preparing to mark an important milestone in 2005 — 25 years in the music business.

In that time, La Mafia has recorded more than 400 songs, earned six No. 1 albums and singles on Billboard and won two Grammys. The group won over millions of fans with unforgettable songs like, “Un Millón de Rosas,” “Estás Tocando Fuego,” “Tu, Tu y Solo Tu,” and “Ahora y Siempre.”

That history is La Mafia’s toughest opponent.

“Three decades,” Lichtenberger said. “We have our own history to compete with. We know where we’ve been and we know where we can go.”



PARA EL PUEBLO



Para El Pueblo

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1. Para El Pueblo
2. Dejame
3. Matame Con Tu Veneno
4. Arrancame El Corazon
5. Convencerte
6. Sufriendo El Corazon
7. Yo Se Que Te Iras
8. Tienes Razon
9. Nadie Como Tu
10. De Norte A Sur
11. Sufriendo El Corazon (Cumbia)
12. Tienes Razon (Balada)
13. Para El Pueblo
Album: Para El Pueblo                                                   Urbana Mix (Rap:Juan Gotti)
Rec.L/Disc.: Urbana Records                                14. Tienes Razon (Instrumental)
Year/Año:2004                                                         15. Sufriendo El Corazon (Instrumental)
                                                  16. Para El Pueblo (Instrumental)

Side/Lado [A]

Para El Pueblo

Jose G.Escamilla/Chris Dominguez

Dejame

Jose Roberto Martinez

Matame Con Tu Veneno

Jose Roberto Martinez

Arrancame El Corazon

Ricardo Quijano

Convencerte

Tony Coriant

Sufriendo El Corazon

Oscar Ivan Treviño

Yo Se Que Te Iras

Ricardo Quijano

Tienes Razon

Felipe De Jesus, Jr.

Nadie Como Tu

Jose G.Escamilla

De Norte A Sur

Felipe De Jesus, Jr.


Para El Pueblo debuted on November 16, 2004.

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LA MAFIA REGROUPS AND RELEASES NEW ALBUM ON ITS OWN TERMS

LA MAFIA is going Back To The Future in more Ways Than One.

The Houston-based group recently released its first album on its own independent label, Urbana Records. Para El Pueblo is filled with the tender ballads and lilting pop-cumbias that exemplify the band’s sound. It’s all anchored by de la Rosa’s heartfelt vocal style. A notable difference, however, is instrumentation. After giving in to the popular, accordion-laced norteño sound La Mafia is back to keyboard-based songs and arrangements.

“Any of these (new) songs, we can inject into our set, and they’re going to fit right in and keep the energy,” says Lichtenberger, relaxing in the control room of Urbana’s recording studios. “The album just feels fresh to us. It’s so hard to come up with something unique. You’ve got to take pride in what you’ve done, and that’s what we did, I think, on this album. That’s our style. That’s La Mafia.”

Para El Pueblo is hardly a paint-by-numbers nostalgia piece. The album features some surprises (three karaoke tracks) and proves a showcase for new songwriters, including Felipe de Jesús Jr. (who penned the Pesado hit “Ojalá Que Te Mueras”) and Oscar Ivan Treviño, lead singer and songwriter for norteño supergroup Duelo. Ex-Kumbia Kings member Chris Dominguez also pops up, most notably as co-producer on a remix of the album’s title track, featuring local rapper Juan Gotti. Dominguez and Lichtenberger have formed Urbano Dos, a production team dedicated to a more urban, hip-hop-flavored sound.

It’s just a small part of the freedom that comes with an independent label. “We’re in artistic control,” Lichtenberger says. “Our album is coming out with national distribution. We’re going to give it a true national shot, but independently. I feel that here – in our stomping grounds in the central U.S. – we can compete.” The group plans to do promotional rounds in Miami and Mexico, where the album drops this month. The first single, “Tienes Razón”, received substantial play on local stations, and a new single, “Sufriendo El Corazón”, is ready at the gate.

“We’ve always wanted to do this,” de la Rosa says about starting a label. “We had been talking about it for a long time already. We’ve always wanted to own our own music, be our own masters. Most of the time, the record companies own everything.” La Mafia learned that lesson the hard way after it was unable to renegotiate its contract with Fonovisa Records and the label shelved the yet-unreleased Nube Pasajera when the group left in 2002. Fast-forward to October 2004, when Fonovisa decided to release Nube Pasajera – without additional input or approval from La Mafia.

Lichtenberger maintains that Nube Pasajera is a good album, but it isn’t the band’s priority. “We’re going to be behind the Para El Pueblo album,” de la Rosa says. “It might confuse people, because they might go to the store and pick up the wrong one.” Fans will have plenty of time to sort things out. The group plans a long run for Pueblo, capped off by a series of events next year to celebrate 25 years of making music. De la Rosa considers it all part of the journey to get back to where the band started from. “I’m real excited – the whole band’s excited,” de la Rosa says. We’re slowly becoming the group that has always been La Mafia.”


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It’s almost impossible to overstate the impact and influence of La Mafia.

Oscar De La Rosa and Mando Lichtenberger Jr. founded the group in the early ’80s and honed in on a unique sound that combined traditional elements with the melodies and polish of pop. La Mafia became one of the first Mexican-American groups to tour throughout the U.S., Mexico, Central and South America. They’ve scored countless radio hits, won Grammys and were recognized by Billboard magazine as one of the top 25 Latin artists of the past 25 years.

The current lineup includes Oscar De La Rosa (lead vocalist), Mando Lichtenberger, Jr. (keyboards, accordion), David De La Garza (keyboards, vocals), Tim Ruiz (bass), Viktor Pacheco (guitar), Robbie Longoria (percussions, bajo sexto), Eduardo Torres (drums).

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