Carcassonne. “My relationship in France can be summed up as a love letter”

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Yuri Buenaventura will perform in concert this Friday, July 8, at the Square André-Chénier en Off, at 10 p.m. Meet the Colombian salsa singer.

What elements of your life would you like to write about?

I have been writing since I was little, I learned to write and read with my mother. We lived in a small house, the walls were made of wood, so that in order not to rain, my mother pressed the pages of magazines, I learned to read on the walls, on the sides of the house . As I read, I asked him questions, so I got used to writing with my mother. I wrote for him, he motivated me to do it, it was like my Ipad, he made me like you would give a child so they wouldn’t bother you. My first song I had to write was when I was 7 years old. I went on to write in college. The concept of writing entered the industry, of making it really self -imposed when I wanted to release my first record.

When you entered the recording industry, did your way of working change?

Yes, the industry imposes rules on popular music or different writers. The music itself imposes. By the time we were making 10-minute records and the record company had asked us to make 7-minute records, we gradually went to 5 minutes and then 4 minutes. Radio also influenced these formulas. Society wants to consume faster. For Pablo Escobar’s series on Netflix, I had to make 300 tracks. It’s another thing to make film music: you have to base yourself on image, on emotion, on time, on cadence, on the ethnic color of the music, there are other conditions of creation and production. And in Latin America, there is a lot of music culture between the Caribbean and South America.

In an interview with Marlon Bacerna in 2015, he told you that you are very well known in France but not enough in Colombia, how has that progressed?

At the time I was a lot in France and not a lot in Colombia. The fact that I was told by everyone that made me work so much in Colombia, I almost forgot about France (laughs). I don’t want to get into this Anglo-Saxon American marketing and digital industry: I remain a musician who plays on the cultural heritage of a continent with salsa, always with the influence of the Francophonie. Punishment for not entering this industrial commercial universe, into the dynamics of Miami and into the caricature of our own culture. Because if you follow them, you wear a hat, you hire a dozen old smokers and you make a video that is a little distressed, needy… This is marketing. I never did and when I was younger I never used women as something to sell my music. Simple, transparent music. I’m not in the TV or media spotlight, but I have a musical content, a catalog and a job and it’s always been a desire to protect people, man. I found myself doing this until I was 90.

How would you describe your link to France?

Like a declaration of love, like a boy saying to a girl “I love you”. I think that was the title of our interview in large letters. I learned a lot from the Republic. You have a beautiful scenery that is very different, it is always the same elements of nature, but what distinguishes everyone who lives in this territory. The difference is all that is made in this cultural territory of the people, and culture becomes a thought, a philosophical, political, economic position. I believe what you have done in your Republic is something I like: we protect human rights, democracy, justice. Even if it’s not always ideal, I have a passion for Republican values. This special love guides me in my music.

A historic event took place in Colombia, Gustavo Petro, the candidate on the left was elected President, what do you think?

I think we Colombians have chosen and there is a democratic maturity on the part of Colombians pushing for these changes. Now, we will work for the country, the homeland, to build it. It’s a page that repeats itself and we can’t go back. Already decided, democracy is installed. I have texts that have long held this position, talking about massacre, hostage and suffering. It’s been a talk of all my musical work. Colombia will take new paths and free itself from corruption, I hope.

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