He started singing when he was at school – whilst still learning Afro-Colombian folklore. At the age of 14 Luis Lema became the youngest director and choreographer of traditional dances in his native town, Buenaventura. He participated in several singing contests winning Festival de Saneros in Cali, the Colombian Capital of Salsa. Eventually he became a lead singer of Grupo Bahia, a well known Pacific Coast of Colombia folk formation where he recorded his first song ‘A Guapi’. He came to England with the group in 1995 – to play at the La Gran Gran Fiesta alongside the famous group Los Van Van from Cuba.
Since settling in London Luis Lema has formed an orchestra called Bombele – the name inspired by the "Queen of Salsa", Celia Cruz, his favourite artist. The band has integrated experienced, talented musicians from Latin America to create the best groove. The band, who play a mix of Cuban,Colombian, Puertorican, Bachata and Merengue has gained much popularity in the Latin scene and they have become international performers.
Lema – songwriter and music producer – recorded his first album in 2003 called ‘La Salsa esta de moda’, (‘salsa is in fashion’) directed by Diego Gale and supported by Grupo Gale & Sonora Carruselless, the famous Colombian Salsa Band.
In April 2008 he recorded his second Album ‘Latinisimo Just in Time’.
Lema’s amazing personality, his huge smile, charisma and dance shows have won him popularity, as a showman who fascinates the audience and fills the dance floors wherever he performs.
Luis Lema is too good to be missed!
Rabo de Foguete combine the best of Brazilian popular music with the power of a bateria (drums). This local 11-piece band bring you everything from Jorge Benjor to Lenine, offering a vibrant show which mixes traditional and contemporary material in a high energy performance.