When you are born in South America, music seems to come sonaturally, as if it runs in your blood. Yet, Colombian YuriBuenaventura only found his music in Europe. In the French capitalParis, where he studied Economics, he used to sing in metrostations to earn an extra penny. But when the 'Latin fever' brokeout in France at the beginning of the 90s, Buenaventura quicklyacted on it and started his first band. His salsa cover of JacquesBrel's Ne Me Quitte Pas made his international breakthrough andwith his debut album Herencia Africana (1996) he earned a goldrecord in his home country. Not only are songs written byBuenaventura very danceable and exhilarating, he also has a messageto convey. Most of his lyrics are critical of politics and society.Still, the 40-year-old singer is mainly an artist to enjoy. A freshcounterweight for the 'old boys' from Cuba, with a live act thatseems to sparkle.