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There are at least two bands that are named as La Pandilla. 1) La Pandilla was a teen music group of the 1970s. La Pandilla, founded in 1970 by Pepa Aguirre. The group had members of both sexes, unlike most pop music bands. Aguirre's son and daughter, and her niece, formed the band, and later, two other boys were added to the group. La Pandilla released their first album, Villancicos, late in 1970. La Pandilla had a big impact in Spain, their home country, and Latin America. During the 1970s, it was common to see La Pandilla related items such as notebooks, posters, magazines, notebook covers, rulers, dolls and others at department stores all over the Spanish speaking countries. La Pandilla was also important in the later success and development of one of history's most legendary boy bands: Menudo. In 1973, the future founder of Menudo, Edgardo Diaz, joined the band's entourage as a sound expert. Diaz turned out to be the bridge between La Pandilla and Puerto Rico. Thanks in part to him, Alfred D. Herger (who became known as the biggest pandillero in Puerto Rico) and Felix Santiesteban, the group became a teen favorite in the Caribbean island. Diaz became manager in 1974. In 1975, the band was received by Puerto Rican fans with a huge ovation at the Iberia Airlines terminal at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport at San Juan. But after Diaz left, to manage Menudo, the band slowly declined in popularity. Many of the members went on to become professionals in other areas. 2) La Pandilla is a six-piece group from Oulu, Finland. They play contemporary flamenco (or flamenco nuevo) with jazz influences. The line-up consists of five professional musicians and a female vocalist, who studied singing in Spain. Their first, self-titled album was released in the fall of 2008 and it features nine songs composed by the band’s guitarist. Joonas Widenius: guitarra Anna Murtola: cante & jaleos Pekka Elsilä: flauta Katariina Kuure: bajo Katariina Widenius: palmas, cante, djembe & shakers Pauliina Kauppila: cajón, congas, bateria, udu & rainstick http://www.lapandilla.org/

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