La Mafia

La Mafia is a five-time Grammy Award-winning musical group. It has its roots in the Northside neighborhood of Houston, Texas, and has charted a course as a Latin music band.

La Mafia
La Mafia's Oscar de la Rosa shaking hands with fans at a concert
La Mafia's Oscar de la Rosa shaking hands with fans at a concert
Background information
Also known as049408
OriginHouston, Texas, United States
GenresTejano, Grupero
Years active1980–present
LabelsUrbana Records, Universal Music Latin Entertainme nt 2017-present
Websitehttp://www.lamafia.com
MembersOscar De La Rosa - Vocalist
Armando (Mando) Lichtenberger Jr. - accordion, keyboards and Producer
Rudy Martinez - bass guitar
Eduardo Torres - drums
David Delagarza III - keyboards & background vocals
Viktor Pacheko - guitar
Robbie Longoria - Bajo Sexto -percussions & congas
Past membersLeonardo Gonzales - guitar
Robert Gonzales - guitar & bass guitar
Marion Aquilina - guitar
Israel (Speedy) Villanueva - bass guitar
Adolf Alonso - bass guitar
Tim Ruiz - bass guitar
Jason Rodriguez - bass guitar
Tony Rodriguez - drums
Mario Gonzalez - drums
Adam Mosqueda - drums
Michael Aguilar - drums (1986-2004)
Jesse Moreno - sax
Jesse Peralez - sax
Rick Patino - sax-trumpet
David Flores - sax
Joe Gonzales - drums

HistoryEdit

La Mafia was founded in 1980 in Houston, TX. Vocalist Oscar De La Rosa & producer Armando Lichtenberger Jr. created an original style that survived various changes in the music industry. The band consists of Tim Ruiz on bass, David Delagarza on keyboards and background vocals, Eduardo Torres on drums, Marion Aquilina on Guitar and Robbie Longoria on six bass percussion and congas. In 2007 the band won 2 Grammys & 2 Latin Grammys and was nominated in 2009 for a Latin Grammy for the album Eternamente Romanticos. In 2020, the group won a Latin Grammy award for its 2019 album “Live in Mexico.”

La Mafia, seeking to expand their musical horizons, began touring extensively in Mexico and Latin America beginning in the late 1980s. The practice of Mexican-American artists performing in Mexico on a large scale was unheard of before La Mafia.

Band membersEdit

  • Oscar De La Rosa - vocalist
  • Armando Lichtenberger Jr. - accordion, keyboards & Producer
  • David Delagarza III - Keyboards & Vocals
  • Rudy Martinez - bass guitar
  • Eduardo Torres - drums
  • Viktor Pacheko - guitar
  • Robbie Longoria - Bajo Sexto -percussions & Congas

Former membersEdit

  • Leonardo Gonzales (brother of Oscar De La Rosa Gonzales) - guitar
  • Robert Martinez - guitar & bass guitar
  • Marion Aquilina - guitar
  • Israel (Speedy) Villanueva - bass guitar
  • Adolf Alonso - bass guitar
  • Tim Ruiz - bass guitar
  • Tony Rodriguez - drums
  • Mario Gonzalez - drums
  • Adam Mosqueda - drums
  • Jason Rodriguez - bass guitar
  • Michael Aguilar - drums
  • Jesse Moreno - Sax
  • Jesse Peralez - Sax
  • Rick Patino - Sax-Trumpet
  • David Flores - Sax
  • Joe Gonzales - drums
  • Joe Ovalle - bass guitar
  • Johnny Gonzalez - drums

DiscographyEdit

Since 1993, La Mafia has recorded each of its hits at its own Urbana Recording Studios, including the million-selling Estas Tocando Fuego and Ahora y Siempre. The band has recorded 35 albums and CDs, not including dozens of compilation and greatest hits releases.

Studio albumsEdit

Compilations, duets, and live albumsEdit

Awards and recognitionsEdit

La Mafia received Grammy Awards for its CDs Un Millón de Rosas (1997) and En Tus Manos (1998) and Latin Grammy Awards for its CDs Para El Pueblo(2005),Nuevamente(2006), and “Live in Mexico” (2020). It also has received eight Premio Lo Nuestro Awards and 12 Tejano Music Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the latter, numerous Billboard awards and was listed in the top 10 Billboard Latin Artists for the entire decade of the 1990s, ranking La Mafia as the most successful Latin artist Houston has ever produced.

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