The last time I spoke about the Mexican pop group, Garibaldi, they had released their second album, Que Te La Pongo. That album changed my life and then they did it again. Garibaldi released their third studio album in 1991, Los Hijos De Buda. This time my life changed because just before the album was released, I had the opportunity to meet them face to face.
During the promotion of this album and on the tail end of Que Te La Pongo, Garibaldi came to Los Angeles for a festival. I waited at the airport for them to arrive because they were my world at that time. I was obsessed with the band. During the few days that Garibaldi was in Los Angeles, I had the honor of being able to chauffer members (all but Victor and Katia) around the city and hung out with them on a personal level. They were not as famous as they would get in a few months, so I say honored because I did feel that they didn’t need to spend their personal and private time with a white fangirl. Incredibly, I even took them to my house.
It wasn’t because I was lucky enough to spend an entire weekend that I think this album is completely awesome. I probably would have still thought about it if I hadn’t. The album is a wonderful production. A work of art. The music, the variety, and where it took them; Los Hijos De Buda really opened doors for the band internationally. While songs like “Que Te La Pongo” and “Banana” are anthems for the band’s history, this album was so internationally welcomed because of the variety of music they used for their medleys.
I also believe that the members, at this time, began to shine and show their talents. Throughout the album, there are more solos and showcases of individual members. It’s like they started to believe in themselves as artists. The two previous albums kept them together as a group and no one stood out. This changed with Los Hijos De Buda; now the members had names and faces that you never saw before.
The two biggest hits for the band on this album are the songs, “Dame Un Beso” and the medley, “Merengue Mix”. Thinking about the group’s history, this might be my favorite album of the group.