Luis Lema was born as Luis Enrique Mosquera Angulo in Buenaventura, Pacific Coast of Colombia. He started singing when he was at school-while still learning Afro-Colombian folklore. At the age of 14 Luis Lema became the youngest director & choreographer of traditional dances in his native town, Buenaventura. He participated in several singing contest winning Festival de Saneros in Cali, Colombian Capital for Salsa. Eventually he became a lead singer of Grupo Bahia, 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.