OK, so we had just seen an awesome 80’s review by La Mafia complete with a wardrobe change by Oscar, so then AB comes back on hitting hard with 3 more songs that had the crowd going, even the La Mafia fans who had been booing were waiving their signs and La Mafia posters in time to AB’s music, so he finishes his 3 songs and asks permission from Oscar to play just one more song, after some back and forth bantering, a round of booing (by the same people who had just been jamming to AB’s music and Oscar sushing us), Oscar looked at his watch and said “OK we have a little bit of time left so go ahead”.
So what was that sneaky AB up to? Oh yeah, he pulled a fast one, he took this opportunity to bring on his “secret weapon”, the guest artist who appears on the Kumbia All Starz latest hit (and video), “Rica y Apretadita” , Melissa Jimenez, to sing the duet , and do a little dirty dancing (g rated of course) with Ricky Rick. Was this an unfair move on the part of AB, probably, but did anybody care, nope, despite the playful complaints the crowd was really into it.
Melissa Jiminez and AB
But WAIT! La Mafia wasn’t finished. If they were even phased by AB’s latest move you sure couldn’t tell it. They hit us with 3 of their all time biggest hits and had the crowd worked into a frenzy singing along. As they were playing the intro to probably the biggest hit they have ever had (the one that topped the Billboard charts for I forget how long) “Me Estoy Enamorando” Oscar said “Now this is the song that AB made fun of on “You Tube”. Of course after they finished the 3 songs, the cries of Otra.. Otra.. Otra.. went up and they obliged us with one more song.
otra... otra... otra...
Although it had been obvious throughout the night that La Mafia was the clearcut winner, AB had put on a GREAT show and Oscar asked us to give him a round of applause (of course we were still playing our part with the booing), but he quickly shushed us and told us that this whole thing is for fun, that La Mafia and AB are working together on this and that it is more about UNITY (unity w/i La Onda) than it is about a “battle”, and that they hoped to take it to other cities. Jonny Ramirez (who BTW I was surprised to see there, I mean I know that KXTN had sponsered a press conference and had done interviews in San Anto, but KSAB who was the sponser is not even a sister station of KXTN, so there is another example of UNITY) echoed the same sentiment saying, and I’m paraphrasing, that what La Mafia and the Kumbia All Starz were doing was something that could give a big boost to La Onda. Everybody agreed with Oscar and Jonny and gave AB a resounding round of applause (don’t know if he heard it as he had already left the stage)
Everyone I have talked to who attended the show agreed that they thouroughly enjoyed both shows, and those who were unable to attend want it brought to their city. I know I can’t wait to see another battle.