Mengesha Issac Francis is of Ethiopian/American descent. He goes by the stage name "Mystro" that was given to him by Rap Producer "Battlecat." He also goes by the moniker "Black Liberace." At the age of 13 years old Mystro was being managed by 80's Actor Corey Feldman's father Robert Feldman. Mr. Feldman aided Mystro's acting career with TV Shows and commercials for Frosted Flakes and Corn Pops.
Mystro is a native of South Central Los Angeles, and started playing piano at the tender age of five years old where he was classically trained. He also learned and developed a playing style of Gospel, Hip-Hop and Jazz. Mystro's Piano and Keyboard influences range from Stravinsky, Thelonious Monk, Billy Preston, and Herbie Hancock, and Liberace. As a teenager Mystro attended Washington Prep. High School in South Central Los Angeles where he was schoolmates with film producer F. Gary Gray, rap artist YoYo, Ice Cube, and WC Music Producer Johnny J. and actress Wendy Raquel Robinson.
After graduating High School in 1989 Mystro attended UCLA and West LA College and was discovered by music industry professionals. After continuing his training he worked as a music teacher with Heavenly Vision Christian Academy from 1991-1995. Mystro worked professionally with seasoned Rap and R&B recording artists Jodeci, The Luniz, and Warren G, and Janet Jackson. Mystro has also been a member of The Professional Musicians Union Local 47 since 2000. Some of his musical production work can be found on MCA Records; Capitol Records and Virgin Records. in 2013 Mystro got a endorsement deal with Nord Keyboards, a worldwide musical keyboard company in Stockholm Sweden.
In 2011 Mystro produced a Musical Medley Piano video tribute honoring Michael Jackson titled:
Michael Jacksonology. Mystro won rave reviews for his piano performance and has got the attention of The
Michael Jackson Estate.Mystro's current project is a Piano Hip-Hop / Jazz Instrumental EP Titled "Mystro Black Liberace" that will feature a Piano Tribute honoring NBA Legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant.. Release date soon 2020.
Mystro's uncle is Sheldon Reynolds of "Earth Wind and Fire".