rjmendera was born in WETTER RUHR GERMANY in 1953,but lived in HERDECKE later. His father was KARL-HEINZ OBERLIES and his mother was from Marienwerder; Irmgard Szymendera.At age ten rj left for
Alberta Canada with his mother who married Otto H Sameit a forman on the GRAHAM RANCH near Calgary.Rj learned english quickly and sang his first solo at the annual Christmas Concert in 1964 in Millarville Alta..The family now with a brother and three sisters moved to the Okanagan Valley a year later, where rj grew up until the age of 19.After some wild years in the North of BC ,rj studied at various colleges but returned in the eighties to start a small delivery business in Kelowna B.C..In 1988 rj sold the business and moved to Dortmund and has lived in several other EU countries-Netherlands and Portugal. Rjmendera is currently back in Dortmund working on original songs and writing reviews for theskykid.com
In 1995 and 2001 rjm went on bike tours across Europe,riding from the German Ruhr area to the Algarve,Portugal-a trip which takes about three weeks.On his first trip he became friends
with a German living in Lisbon,Michael Reuter-Mendes.RJ spent 6 months working for a squash club in OLAIAS CLUB in Lisbon in 2001 before returning to Germany.In 2003 RJ moved to Freiburg in the south of Germany where he
worked gathering stats for the city.In 2004 rjmendera again rode to Portugal to meet his friend Michael during the European Championship.In 2006 rjmendera met a Czech street musican and played some pubs in Freiburg as well as creating original blues songs together.In the same year he visited many venues across GERMANY during the WORLD CUP..In 2007 rjm once again went on a long bike trip riding from Freiburg across the Central Massive to Bordeaux before returning to Dortmund.In March of 2006 there was another bike tour from Freiburg to Chur Switzerland.RJMendera has lived in Dortmund for 5 years now and still takes shorter bike tours within Germany.
September 2012 at age 58 rjmendera toured down the Danube from PASSAU to LINZ ,then along the TRAUN from WELS to SALZBURG and on into Bavaria through Traunstein and along the
rjmendera performed several live shows in DORTMUND in 2012+ 2013 including a closed performance for the SPD JUBILEE with Dortmund mayor and elected reps as well as long ime SPD members present.
rj currently works on creating new originals in his home studio and has opened a second youtube channel called
MORE MENDERA:Once again rjm was on hand this summer to film all acts at the MICROFESTIVAL.rjmendera ,who coached,reffed and played soccer for many years now follows many major european leagues.See homepage rjmendera.jimdo.com for more info.