La Mafia Lead Singer Assaulted Outside Local Bar

Oscar de la Rosa (center) at the recent Tejano Music Fest 2013 in Humble.
Oscar de la Rosa (center) at the recent Tejano Music Fest 2013 in Humble.
Photo by Marco Torres

Accoding to the group's Facebook page, Oscar de la Rosa, lead singer of Houston-based Tejano stars La Mafia is recovering after an assault early Monday morning outside an unnamed Houston bar. This messsage was posted on La Mafia's page earlier today:

Oscar De La Rosa was assaulted around 1:30 a.m. this morning leaving a local bar in Houston. He is still in trauma care at Memorial Herman Hospital (sic). He has suffered severe face lacerations and possible damage to his right eye.

A police report has been filed and the the identity of the assailant has been confirmed, assault charges will be filed as soon he is located.


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De la Rosa, along with Armando Lichtenberger Jr., founded La Mafia in the early 1980s. In the past 30 years, the group has become one of the most successful bands in Latin music, releasing almost 40 albums, charting 13 Billboard Latiin Top 10 hits (including four No. 1s), and winning two Grammy and Latin Grammy awards apiece among a slew of nominations. Its 1993 album Ahora y Siempre has been certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

In April, La Mafia performed at the 2013 Tejano Music Fest at the Humble Civic Center. "Led by the voice and charisma of their lead singer, La Mafia produced what can now be called classics of Tejano music," wrote Rocks Off's Marco Torres. "They are masters both the accordion and keyboard lead Tejano sound with hits such as 'Estas Tocando Fuego,' 'Vida,' 'Si Tu Supieras," and 'Un Million de Rosas.'

"'Que viva mi raza!' yelled Oscar as he took the stage. He showed a tremendous love and appreciation to his fans, interacting with them at every opportunity."

Rocks Off's Marco Torres contributed to this report.

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