(Mejía López), Luis Enrique
- Tania Camacho-Azofeifa
(b Nicaragua, Sept 28, 1962). Nicaraguan singer, songwriter, percussionist, and composer. He moved to the United States in 1978 with his mother at the end of the war of liberation against dictator Anastasio Somoza. The rest of his paternal family—including his father Luis Enrique, his uncle Carlos Mejía Godoy, and his younger brother Ramón Mejía (stage name Perrozompopo)—remained in Nicaragua supporting the Revolution. All are influential singer-songwriters and composers in Nicaragua.
Luis Enrique started his musical career soon after his arrival in the United States, and Sony Records released his first album Amor de medianoche in 1987. Filled with salsa ballads (salsa romántica), it broke new ground in the dancing scene both in the United States and Latin America. With his rising popularity, he came to be known as “Príncipe de la Salsa” (Prince of Salsa). He won many gold and platinum records, awards, and Grammy nominations over the next nine years, recording mostly salsa albums for Sony. Sony has continued to release compilations of his music while Luis Enrique has collaborated with many prominent artists, including Gloria Estefan, Arturo Sandoval, Ricky Martin, and Chayanne, among others. He has also recorded with Polygram Latino and ventured into production with his own record label, Chazz Music....