Kinito Méndez, born José del Carmen Ramírez on November 18, 1963, is a Merengue Music singer.
Mendez started his career in Merengue Music in 1988 as one of the Co-founders of the popular Merengue band “La Cocoband”, along with Alfonzo “Pochy” Vásquez and Bobby Rafael. Mendez wrote and arranged many of La Cocoband’s hit songs including “La Manito” “El Boche” “La Seca” “El Cacu” and “Mujer Malvada”. With the success of La Cocoband Mendez decided to leave and start his own project in early 1992 along with Bobby Rafael which was “Rokabanda”, who won Orquesta Revelación del Ańo in Los Premios Cassandra in 1993. With Rokabanda, Mendez continued his success producing hits such as “El Bacano”, “Rechenchén”, “El Ñońito” and “los hombres maduro”. Mendez recorded three hit albums with Rokabanda. In 1995 Mendez decided to go solo and released his much anticipated solo album “El Hombre Merengue” which sold 1.5 million copies, a rare feat for a Tropical Artist. Mendez was responsible for the 1997 song “El Vuelo 587”, which pays tribute to American Airlines Flight 587, an early morning departure flight from New York City to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Mendez partially wrote the lyrics, and he and Johnny Ventura sung the song, which was one of the songs in “Merenboom, Vol. 2.” Méndez himself had been a passenger on the flight before the November 12, 2001 accident flight had occurred. The song was later re-released as “The Plane,” or “El Avion” in Spanish. Méndez said that originally the song was intended to be about happiness while traveling to the Dominican Republic for the holidays. The aircraft on the flight crashed in 2001. Papi LaFontaine, who once served as Méndez’s manager, died in the 2001 accident flight. Méndez said that he was considering writing a new song about the flight, but it would be a slower song in tribute to all those who died.
diciembre 18, 2018