India

Real Name:
Linda Bell Viera Caballero
Profile:
India – Also known as La India in the latin music industry. Born on March 9, 1969 as Linda Viera Caballero in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, and raised in the Bronx, New York City, USA.

Worked as backing vocalist on latin-freestyle artists TKA's track "Come Get My Love" (1986), even featuring on its back cover, when she was 14. Then under the tutelage of producer John "Jellybean" Benitez on a couple of tracks including her track "Dancing On The Fire" (1988) (with co-producer Louie Vega who she had been introduced to in her mid-teens, and would later go on to marry in 1990, though divorce in 1996).

Signing briefly to Reprise Records, who supposedly planned on making her the Latin version of Madonna –Jellybean's other main find earlier in his career– where both Jellybean and Louie Vega produced her album "Breaking Night" (1990).

However, it wasn't until her major involvement in the music business working with Louie Vega and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez on various projects mainly in the mid-1990's whilst in her twenties, for which she achieved great success. The three tracks of note during this time were as Masters At Work with "I Can't Get No Sleep" (1993), and "To Be In Love" (1997), along with their Nuyorican Soul project track "Runaway" (1997).

Alongside work on latin-house music into the early 2000's, she also became more involved in the more purist latin arena around the late 1990's, and in fact on these projects the name La India was generally used.

Whilst moving her career and concentrating on latin music, she built quite a reputation as 'The Princess Of Salsa' garnering three Grammy Award and two Latin Grammy Award nominations. She has collaborated with her godmother Celia Cruz, and many other artists like Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan and even Tito Puente, releasing several albums of her own.
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9 25880-4 India - Breaking Night album art India Breaking Night (Album) Reprise Records 9 25880-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
SHC-80864 India - Llegó La India... Via Eddie Palmieri album art La India*, Eddie Palmieri La India*, Eddie Palmieri - Llegó La India... Via Eddie Palmieri (Album) Soho Sounds, RMM Records SHC-80864 US 1992 Sell This Version
70467 India - Dicen Que Soy album art India Dicen Que Soy (Album) RMM Records 70467 Venezuela 1994 Sell This Version
8 53524 2 India - Jazzin' album art Tito Puente & India With Special Guest Count Basie Orchestra Tito Puente & India With Special Guest Count Basie Orchestra - Jazzin' (Album) Bellaphon 8 53524 2 Spain 1996 Sell This Version
RMD 82041 India - Mega Mix album art India Mega Mix (Comp, Album) RMM Records, Soho Latino RMD 82041 US 1996 Sell This Version
RMD 82157 India - Sobre El Fuego album art India Sobre El Fuego (Album) RMM Records RMD 82157 US 1997 Sell This Version
D 131257 India - Sola album art India Sola (Album) RMM Records D 131257 US 1999 Sell This Version
511393 2 - 5113932000 India - Latin Song Bird (Mi Alma Y Corazón) album art India Latin Song Bird (Mi Alma Y Corazón) (Album) Sony Discos 511393 2 - 5113932000 US 2002 Sell This Version
0883 40004 2 India - Soy Diferente album art India Soy Diferente (Album) Univision Music Group 0883 40004 2 US 2006 Sell This Version
886977553226 India - Única album art India Única (Album) Top Stop Music 886977553226 Mexico 2010 Sell This Version
BLV191665 India - Si Te Digo No album art Kosanost Feat. India Kosanost Feat. India - Si Te Digo No Netswork Digital Records BLV191665 Spain 2011
8554 730023 2 India - Intensamente Con Canciones De Juan Gabriel album art India Intensamente Con Canciones De Juan Gabriel (Album) Top Stop Music 8554 730023 2 Colombia 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

7-27925 India - Dancing On The Fire album art India Dancing On The Fire (Maxi) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 7-27925 US 1988 Sell This Version
0-21280 India - Right From The Start album art India Right From The Start (Maxi, Single) Reprise Records, Reprise Records 0-21280 US 1989 Sell This Version
4-19533, 9 19533-4 India - You Should Be Loving Me album art India You Should Be Loving Me (Single) Reprise Records 4-19533, 9 19533-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
0-21524 India - The Lover Who Rocks You (All Night) album art India The Lover Who Rocks You (All Night) (Maxi) Reprise Records, Reprise Records 0-21524 US 1989 Sell This Version
shs 81893 India - Mi Primera Rumba album art India Mi Primera Rumba(7", Single, Promo) Soho Sounds shs 81893 US 1992 Sell This Version
CDP-10097 India - Vivir Sin Ti album art India Vivir Sin Ti(CD, Single, Promo) RMM Records, Sony Tropical CDP-10097 US 1992 Sell This Version
CR-292 India - When You Touch Me album art Masters At Work Featuring India Masters At Work Featuring India - When You Touch Me (Maxi) Cutting Records CR-292 US 1993 Sell This Version
UMM 072 India - I Can't Get No Sleep album art Masters At Work Featuring India Masters At Work Featuring India - I Can't Get No Sleep (Single, Maxi) Cutting Records UMM 072 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
EB 01-3 India - Love & Happiness (Yemaya Y Ochún) (The Tribal EP) album art River Ocean Featuring India River Ocean Featuring India - Love & Happiness (Yemaya Y Ochún) (The Tribal EP) (EP, Single, Maxi) Strictly Rhythm EB 01-3 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
CDP-12012 India - Que Ganas De No Verte Mas album art India Que Ganas De No Verte Mas(CD, Single, Promo) Soho Latino CDP-12012 US 1994 Sell This Version
CDS 12688-2 India - Everybody Salsa album art Tito Puente Jr. & The Latin Rhythm Featuring Tito Puente, India & Cali Aleman Tito Puente Jr. & The Latin Rhythm Featuring Tito Puente, India & Cali Aleman - Everybody Salsa (Maxi) Puente Records CDS 12688-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
27153-6 India - Oye Como Va album art Tito Puente Jr. & The Latin Rhythm Feat. Tito Puente, India & Cali Aleman Tito Puente Jr. & The Latin Rhythm Feat. Tito Puente, India & Cali Aleman - Oye Como Va (Maxi, Single) Puente Records 27153-6 France 1995 Sell This Version
DPRO 11387 India - Banderas album art India Banderas(CD, Single, Promo) EMI Latin DPRO 11387 US 1996 Sell This Version

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kingprawn65

kingprawn65

October 14, 2020
How can she have been 14 on the back of the TKA single when it says she was born in 1969 and the single came out in 1986 - doesn't that make her 16 or 17 then?
chsf

chsf

July 15, 2006
edited over 14 years ago
Ah, the legendary, shriektastic La India. Seldom heard in tune on any production, but at least on "Seduce me now" it lends her expression the touch of desperation such a song needs.

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