Award Winning Artist, Osamu is an ambassador of happiness and hope for the world, especially for his followers in Cuba, his country of origin and Miami, where he currently resides. He was the founder of the most important band in Havana in the 90’s, Havana, together with Equis Alfonso, Ivan Latour, and Javier Neni Vinat. He has worked with Amaury Gutierrez, Tanya, and many other popular Cuban artists of his generation, and has had the honor of opening concerts for Audio Slave in Havana and the Alan Parson Proyect in Mexico. In 2006, he started his solo career as a Composer, Guitarist, and Music Producer.
He holds Awards and Nominations from the most prestigious Awards Organizations in Havana: Cubadisco (The equivalent to the American Grammy in Cuba), and Lucas Awards (The most prestigious video award in Latin America). Some of his most popular songs are: Tu y Yo, Ya No Mas, Burbuja Feliz, La Vida No Es Tan Dura, and No Me Cortes Las Alas.
Osamu has a vast repertoire of original tunes, and he also interprets some of the most popular rock covers of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. His live performances are fun and energetic. He plays the guitar and sings, and he has a lineup of: Guitar, Keyboard, Bass, Drums, and Background Vocals. Yory Gomez, a talented Cuban Singer, Actress, Dancer, and TV Shows Hostess, joins him on some leads and background vocals, adding a distinctive flavor to the band.
As a descendant of Cubans and Americans, Osamu has been influenced by many genres: Rock, Blues, Jazz, Rumba, and Tropical Rhythms; therefore, he calls his music: “Rock Con Sabor.” He is the grandson of the Legendary Blues / Jazz Singer, Barbara Dane. His father is the popular Guitarist and Singer, Pablo Menendez (founder of Mezcla), and his mother was the acclaimed Cuban actress, Adria Santana, Polvo Rojo (1982), Jíbaro (1984), Isla Negra (1995) y Casa Vieja (2010).
Osamu is currently the Guitarist and Music Producer of the show TN3 for America TV, where he makes daily appearances and plays his music. He also plays rock venues regularly in Miami and Havana, where he has built a following.
His most recent album, “Mandala” was mixed and mastered by two Latin Grammy winning Engineers: Aneiro Taño and Oscar Autie and will be released in April, 2017. This album is already being requested by media reviewers and DJs in many different countries such as: USA, Canada, Hungary, Colombia, Peru, France, Italy, Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and of course, Cuba.