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, 4-25880 Breaking Night — India India Breaking Night (Album) Reprise Records 9 25880-4, 4-25880 US 1990 Sell This Version
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SHC-80864 Llegó La India... Via Eddie Palmieri — India La India*, Eddie Palmieri La India*, Eddie Palmieri - Llegó La India... Via Eddie Palmieri (Album) Soho Sounds, Sony SHC-80864 US 1992 Sell This Version
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70467 Dicen Que Soy — India India Dicen Que Soy (Album) RMM Records 70467 Venezuela 1994 Sell This Version
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8 37561 2 Salsa Explosion — India The RMM Orchestra Cond. By Sergio George With Celia Cruz, India, Oscar D' León And Marc Anthony And Special Guests Tito Puente & Giovanni Hidalgo The RMM Orchestra Cond. By Sergio George With Celia Cruz, India, Oscar D' León And Marc Anthony And Special Guests Tito Puente & Giovanni Hidalgo - Salsa Explosion(CD, Album) Bat Discos, RMM Records 8 37561 2 Spain 1996 Sell This Version
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8 53524 2 Jazzin' — India Tito Puente & India With Special Guest Count Basie Orchestra Tito Puente & India With Special Guest Count Basie Orchestra - Jazzin' (Album) TropiJazz 8 53524 2 Spain 1996 Sell This Version
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RMD 82041 Mega Mix — India India Mega Mix (Comp, Album) RMM Records, Soho Latino RMD 82041 US 1996 Sell This Version
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RMD 82157 Sobre El Fuego — India India Sobre El Fuego (Album) RMM Records RMD 82157 US 1997 Sell This Version
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74321528462 Sobre Fuego — India India Sobre Fuego(CD, Album) BMG Recordi S.p.A., RMM Records 74321528462 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
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D 131257 Sola — India India Sola (Album) RMM Records D 131257 US 1999 Sell This Version
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511393 2 - 5113932000 Latin Song Bird (Mi Alma Y Corazón) — India India Latin Song Bird (Mi Alma Y Corazón) (Album) Sony Discos 511393 2 - 5113932000 US 2002 Sell This Version
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0883 40004 2 Soy Diferente — India India Soy Diferente (Album) Univision Music Group 0883 40004 2 US 2006 Sell This Version
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82876823282 Soy Diferente — India India Soy Diferente(CD, Album) Sony BMG Music, SGZ Entertainment 82876823282 Colombia 2006 Sell This Version
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886977553226 Única — India India Única (Album) Top Stop Music 886977553226 Mexico 2010 Sell This Version
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BLV191665 Si Te Digo No — India Kosanost Feat. India Kosanost Feat. India - Si Te Digo No Netswork Digital Records BLV191665 Spain 2011
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8554 730023 2 Intensamente Con Canciones De Juan Gabriel — India India Intensamente Con Canciones De Juan Gabriel (Album) Top Stop Music 8554 730023 2 Colombia 2015 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

7-27925 Dancing On The Fire — India India Dancing On The Fire (Maxi) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 7-27925 US 1988 Sell This Version
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0-21280 Right From The Start — India India Right From The Start (Maxi, Single) Reprise Records, Reprise Records 0-21280 US 1989 Sell This Version
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4-19533, 9 19533-4 You Should Be Loving Me — India India You Should Be Loving Me (Single) Reprise Records 4-19533, 9 19533-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
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0-21524 The Lover Who Rocks You (All Night) — India India The Lover Who Rocks You (All Night) (Maxi, Single) Reprise Records, Reprise Records 0-21524 US 1989 Sell This Version
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shs 81893 Mi Primera Rumba — India India Mi Primera Rumba(7", Single, Promo) Soho Sounds shs 81893 US 1992 Sell This Version
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CDP-10097 Vivir Sin Ti — India India Vivir Sin Ti(CD, Single, Promo) RMM Records, Sony Tropical CDP-10097 US 1992 Sell This Version
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CR-292 When You Touch Me — India Masters At Work Featuring India Masters At Work Featuring India - When You Touch Me (Single, Maxi) Cutting Records CR-292 US 1993 Sell This Version
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UMM 072 I Can't Get No Sleep — India 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
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EB 01-3 Love & Happiness (Yemaya Y Ochún) (The Tribal EP) — India River Ocean Featuring India River Ocean Featuring India - Love & Happiness (Yemaya Y Ochún) (The Tribal EP) (EP, Maxi, Single) Strictly Rhythm EB 01-3 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
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CDP-12012 Que Ganas De No Verte Mas — India India Que Ganas De No Verte Mas(CD, Single, Promo) Soho Latino CDP-12012 US 1994 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 16 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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