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Breaking News: Javi
Mendez is the recipient of the Afropop Worldwide 2016 prize,
through the Syli d'Or competition, in recognition of his
inventive salsa, merengue, reggaeton and pop-Latin songs.
'We were particularly impressed by the band's charisma and
ability to rally an audience on the dance floor,' wrote
Afropop Senior Editor Banning Eyre.
Composer, musician and singer Javi
Mendez. Born in Havana, Cuba,
Javi started his career at 13 years of age when he was part
of the quartet Locura Azul, which interpreted songs from
the legendary quartet Los Zafiros.
He later joined other groups such as Cuarzo and
Coral Latino, which covered many different music styles.
In 2006, Javi went on a 6-month tour to Turkey (Istanbul,
Ankara and Izmir) with Coral Latino performing in different
Once he returned to Cuba, he joined Charanga Forever,
whose live shows required dynamic performances and
demanding choreographies. Read
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