b. 1930, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, d. 22 November 1998, Havana, Cuba. Flatteringly referred to as the ‘rumba queen’ of 50s Cuba, Mendoza’s speciality was guaracha, the powerful rumba style up to date by African rhythms. In addition to being a brilliant performer and interpreter, she was also a well-known dancer and celebrity around Havana. Mendoza shifted to the Cuban capital as a kid, beginning her profession in the first 50s being a vocalist on the tv screen present CMQ. She eventually released a string of extremely effective albums. After Cuba’s trend Mendoza chosen to stay in the country, executing on the Gran Music Hall De Cuba revue alongside performers such as for example Los Zafiros. Nevertheless, her heavy taking in had swept up with her with the middle-60s, when she begun to fall from reputation. She died in the home of respiratory failing in 1998, her body just discovered several times after her loss of life.