La India [Caballero, Linda Viera]
- Frances R. Aparicio
[Caballero, Linda Viera]
(b Río Piedras, PR, March 9, 1970). American singer of Puerto Rican birth. Raised in the South Bronx in New York City, she started as a backup singer for the Latin freestyle group TKA. However, it is in salsa music that La India has left her mark. Her first Spanish-language salsa album was produced by Eddie Palmieri in 1992 (Llegó la India via Eddie Palmieri). In 1994 she released Dicen que soy, containing a duet with Marc Anthony, “Vivir lo nuestro.” Since then, she has collaborated with Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Kevin Ceballo, and Gloria Estefan.
In “La voz de la experiencia,” a duet with Celia Cruz, La India foregrounded a strong feminist stance in the genealogy of salsa music, establishing a line of continuity with La Lupe and Cruz. “Dicen que soy,” “Ese hombre,” and “Soy diferente” reveal La India’s feminism and sense of agency and resistance as a woman in a male-dominated world. La India stands out for her improvisations as a ...