A Puerto Rican merengue group, La Makina was organized by
entrepreneurs Fernan Colon (former bassist for Los Sabrosos del
Merengue) and Orlando Santana (who played with Wilfredo Vargas and
Toño Rosario). Santana's intensive help with the group -- writing
nine of the ten tracks on La Makina's debut album, 1996's La
Makina...A Mil, as well as arranging and producing -- resulted in
the single "La Reina," a huge hit in merengue circles. The group
released their second album, Los Reyes del Ritmo, in October 1997....