La India has made waves throughout the Latin musical world as a singer of intensely emotional songs, dance music, and freestyle. But she is best known as “The Princess of Salsa”.
She is a multiple Grammy Award nominee and Billboard chart topper known as much for her outward beauty as her beautiful salsa voice.
India was born as Linda Viera Caballero on March 9, 1970 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. She moved to the South Bronx in New York City at a very early age.
In 1985, she joined the Latin freestyle trio TKA, as a back up singer when she was fourteen years old. She was with the group when they recorded the hit "I Can't Get No Sleep."
During her childhood she grew up with Little Louie Vega, the eventual DJ and longtime Marc Anthony collaborator. India and Vega married in 1990 when she was nineteen.
Her first solo album was the 1989 hip hop record “Breaking Night”. After its release, she made a conscious effort to stay away from hip hop and pop in order to concentrate on traditional Latin music, the style she is best known for today.
This would lead to collaboration with salsa legend Eddie Palmieri, who
wrote all of the songs on her second album “Llego La India via Eddie
Palmieri” in 1992.
In 1994, she put out the album “Dicen Que Soy”, which went platinum thanks in large part to the track “Vivir Lo Nuestro” a hugely popular duet with Marc Anthony.
India continued her career in standards with 1996’s “Jazzin”, a
collection of swing favorites which utilized the Latin jazz talents of
the albums’ producer Tito Puente.
During this period she would also record the duet "La Voz de la Experiencia" with Celia Cruz. It was Cruz, who is known as “The Queen of Salsa” that gave La India the name “The Princess of Salsa”.
In 1996, India and Louie Vega got a divorce, but it did not stop her
musical ambitions. She was nominated for “Best Latin Tropical
Performance” in 1997 for her album "Sobre el Fuego" and received a
nomination for “Best Salsa Album” for 2003’s “Latin Songbird: Mi Alma Y
This album featured the hit "Sedúceme" which reached number one on the Latin Billboard charts. Her latest album, 2006’s "Soy Diferente" won Latin Billboard Awards for the song "Solamente Una Noche” and an award for “Best Tropical Album of the Year”.
We have translated the lyrics of the most popular songs of La India for you.