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La Mafia Keeps Enamorados Thirsty For “Amor Y Sexo”

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It’s been awhile since La Mafia release their last album Eternamente Romanticos which was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2009. In the tradition of musica romantica, La Mafia officially announced on their Facebook page on Valentines Day the name and release date of their new album.

La Mafia’s love ballads always seem to find a way into the hearts of many listeners but La Mafia’s latest release is sure to launch itself into the arms of lovers to “Sexo”. For newly wedded lovers, married lovers and lovers of all ages keep this album on your radar.

La Mafia’s new cd titled “Amor Y Sexo” is officially schedule for a digital pre-release date on May 5, 2014 and a physical album release on June 03, 2014. Along with the release of the cd “Amor Y Sexo” La Mafia has also announced a tour under the same name “Amor Y Sexo” Tour 2014 for the release of the new album.



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La Mafia Slow Their Frantic Pace

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There was a time when La Mafia, arguably the greatest Tejano group in the genre’s history, spent very little time in Houston. Though its roots are in the city’s Northside (still home to La Mafia’s expansive studios), touring and promotional commitments kept them on the road.

“A few years ago, we’d be gone two to four weeks in a row,” says producer Armando Lichtenberger Jr., who also handles keyboards and accordion.

The frantic scheduling, however, has changed. The band now does five or six shows a month, including casinos, a purposeful choice that allows them time to focus on other projects.

“It feels easier,” says singer Oscar De la Rosa, who released two solo singles last year. “We get to spend more time at home. We want our fans to be excited when they see us again.”

La Mafia’s show this weekend at Miller Outdoor Theatre is its first local appearance since a New Year’s Day performance. Though fans frequently run into band members at coffee shops, clubs and concerts, they limit Houston shows to twice a year. (The same goes for San Antonio, too, where the healthy Tejano market could accommodate much more.)

“It’s just a system that we’ve kept throughout the years. It works for us,” Lichtenberger says. “When we come home, it makes it extra-special.”



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Time Away Brings New Energy To La Mafia

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La Mafia spent last week touring in Mexico, which was virtually impossible when the band started out. With all those accomplishments under their belts, some wonder why La Mafia is coming back for more.

“I feel hungry again,” De la Rosa said. “I really want to do this. You have to feel what you’re doing, if not, it doesn’t make sense.”

During the break from La Mafia, De la Rosa discovered a new talent.

“I’ve been painting,” he said. “I’ve gotten into art. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. My two sons do art and they are actually better at it than I am.”

De la Rosa also took some much needed time for himself in the last few years.

“I go out dancing, go to the clubs,” he said. “I do all the things that I didn’t get to do in my younger days. We were always touring 11 months out of the year. I never really had a life, and now I have a life away from my music.”

Lichtenberger put down his accordion for a while and got Urbana Records up and running. The time away breathed new life into La Mafia, and it shows in their energetic performances of late.

“It feels like the first times when we were on stage,” De la Rosa said. “We get on stage and we’re excited to be up there, to see the people have a good time.”

“Once in a while, you gotta chill, and we did. But we’re ready to get back to work, doing what we love the most — and that’s performing and playing music.”



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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.”



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La Mafia Marks 25 Years of Making Music

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The crowd at the Valley’s Choice Awards on Dec. 15 shouted, “Otra! Otra! Otra!” as the curtains began to close following La Mafia’s brief performance at La Villa Real Special Events Center.
The Houston-based band obliged and started their encore. Teenagers to 60-somethings pulled out lighters, swayed side-to-side and sang along as front man Oscar De la Rosa belted out the classic, “Me Estoy Enamorando.”
The five members of La Mafia were equally as passionate as they performed the three-song set, which included the 1994 chart topper “Vida,” and current single,”Tienes Razon.”

La Mafia took a step back two years ago to pursue individual projects, but the hiatus didn’t last. The fans wouldn’t let them stay away.
“It’s constant,” De la Rosa said. “You go to eat at a restaurant, you go to a club. ‘So when are you going to get back together?’ It feels good that the people haven’t forgotten about us.”

La Mafia recently released its 35th album, Para El Pueblo, the band’s first original recording in almost three years and the first album under their own label, Urbana Records.

The album is a return to what made La Mafia famous in the 1980s, a winning formula that showcases De la Rosa’s voice on soulful ballads and spirited cumbias. A skillful production team, led by Armando Lichtenberger Jr., the group’s accordionist/keyboardist, once again achieves La Mafia’s classic and progressive sound.

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.”

But charts or album sales can’t measure La Mafia’s most significant contribution.
The group dared to take its music across the border into Mexico during a time when Mexican-American artists were not accepted. That move ultimately opened doors for other artists.
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.”

La Mafia’s story begins in the early 1980s in Houston when Lichtenberger, De la Rosa and Leonard Gonzales started gigging as group.
With their 1980s rock ’n’ roll attire, long hair and busy light show, La Mafia wasn’t accepted by the traditional tejano right.
“Nobody wanted La Mafia,” Lichtenberger said. “We were turned down so many times.”
De la Rosa and Lichtenberger credit tejano legend Little Joe and others like Ramon Ayala and Cornelio Reyna for lending them a hand.

“I’m a true believer in giving credit to those that help you,” De la Rosa said. “Little Joe took us on tour to West Texas with him. We were ready to give the people something new and Little Joe supported us.”

Little Joe said he was happy to help La Mafia the same way artists like Isidro Lopez and Tony De la Rosa helped him when he was starting out in the 1960s.
“I saw a new, up-and-coming group with a lot of talent,” Little Joe said. “Everyone can use a little help, but it was their willingness to work hard that took them to the top. I was just one of the steps on their ladder.”

La Mafia continued the tradition, helping Selena and Los Palominos, among others, along the way.
Lichtenberger said he was grateful when Selena herself thanked La Mafia for its support on national television before her untimely death in 1995. But in accounts since then, there is little or no mention of La Mafia.

“Selena and La Mafia were great, great friends, the best of friends,” De la Rosa said. “I am here to set the record straight. We did help Selena get her career started. Her father doesn’t want to accept it or be honest with the fans. … But the people that have seen La Mafia for all these years know that we were the ones that helped Selena get started.
“There were rough times when she was coming up but we believed in her. We knew she was going to do it. It was just a matter of time.”

La Mafia spent last week touring in Mexico, which was virtually impossible when the band started out.
Lichtenberger recalled La Mafia’s first venture south of the border in 1989.
“We played at Terrazas Corona in Matamoros, which is virtually a parking lot,” he said.
“We’ve played a lot of parking lots!” De la Rosa chimed in, laughing.
Crossing the border was a calculated decision.
“I remember a conversation we had in our office,” Lichtenberger said. “We said, ‘The border is right there, why don’t artists go across and play over there? We should try that.’ ”
The decision to start in Matamoros, where prejudice against Mexican-Americans is not as strong as it is in other parts of Mexico, was a stroke of genius.
From Matamoros, La Mafia eased its way into the República. Before too long, the group was accepted all over Mexico.
Lichtenberger admitted that going into Mexico was no easy task because of the language and cultural barriers.
“We were up front,” he said. “We never pretended to know Spanish perfectly. During interviews, we acknowledged that there are many Mexican-Americans that won’t even admit that they have Mexican blood. But we made it clear that we are proud of our Mexican ancestors and they appreciated our sincerity.”
Lichtenberger said he has a poster from that first concert in Matamoros at his Houston office.
“It’s a pride and joy for us,” he said.

Mexico was only the beginning of La Mafia’s international successes. The band branched out further, performing in Venezuela, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Argentina and more.

With all those accomplishments under their belts, some wonder why La Mafia is coming back for more.
“I feel hungry again,” De la Rosa said. “I really want to do this. You have to feel what you’re doing, if not, it doesn’t make sense.”

During the break from La Mafia, De la Rosa discovered a new talent.
“I’ve been painting,” he said. “I’ve gotten into art. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. My two sons do art and they are actually better at it than I am.”
De la Rosa also took some much needed time for himself in the last few years.
“I go out dancing, go to the clubs,” he said. “I do all the things that I didn’t get to do in my younger days. We were always touring 11 months out of the year. I never really had a life, and now I have a life away from my music.”

Lichtenberger put down his accordion for a while and got Urbana Records up and running.

The time away breathed new life into La Mafia, and it shows in their energetic performances of late.

“It feels like the first times when we were on stage,” De la Rosa said. “We get on stage and we’re excited to be up there, to see the people have a good time.
“Once in a while, you gotta chill, and we did. But we’re ready to get back to work, doing what we love the most — and that’s performing and playing music.”

December 24, 2004
Rose Ybarra
Monitor Staff Writer



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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