The Latin Grammy nominee chatted with us about how she and other Colombian artists promoted peace

By People Staff
Updated September 24, 2007

Fanny Lú glows with happiness and peace. I haven't met her in person, but her voice on the phone all the way from Cali, Colombia, simply bubbles.

“The important thing in life is to enjoy everything you do. If you're doing something, you have to be happy, and I'm happy doing what I'm doing, I enjoy it very, very much,” says the 29-year-old singer.

Such optimism is surprising, and yet very characteristic of Colombians. It's a spirit that's difficult to understand considering their country has dealt with such extreme violence.

“I think that has something to do with it. We're very united and value every good thing that we have. As Colombians, we're aware of the good things we have, and we try to enjoy them as much as possible. We're hard-working, happy and lively people. I grew up in Cali, a city that breathes salsa and all things tropical, which provides for a very happy childhood,” assures the singer, nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Tropical Song of the Year.

And that's exactly why Fanny Lú, along with 34 other artists, used their voices to protest violence in unison on Saturday in three different soccer stadiums and in different cities. The concert, called Nuestra tierra sin violencia, was organized by the networks RCN and La Mega and took place in both Medellín and Cali, Colombia, at 2:00 p.m.

“What better way to protest than with music, with something lively, jovial and happy. We're ready to move forward. We want to invite all Colombians to create a country peaceful in spirit, from armed groups to how you treat your neighbor,” she explains.

Fanny Lú lives in Miami with her two children, Mateo, 2, and Valentina, 6. And even though her family hasn't been victim to violence in Colombia, the singer herself has been attacked in the United States by fashionistas for her way of dress. With the same intensity that they applaud her voice, they've disapproved of her fashion sense.

“I don't think of it as violence, but aggression yes. I give less importance to what I have based on who I am. I'm a person with feelings, a human being with desire to live and do beautiful things, and I don't think anyone should be judged by their clothes or by the designer they choose. I accept criticism, but words can be very harsh. I'm a sensitive person and they hurt me. But I'm just a person who wants to share music with my people,” she says.

As for her Latin Grammy nomination, Fanny Lú can't hold in her excitement: “I'm very happy, very happy. To be amongst artists like Juan Luis Guerra, El Gran Combo, Víctor Manuelle…I think it's a privileged position that's earned through work, work that never ends, always improving itself. It's a huge blessing for my career.”

The “No te pido flores” singer also reminds New Yorkers that she'll be performing live Oct. 6 at Fiesta 2007, hosted by PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL, and promises an exciting show.

“You can expect a show very close to the people. When I'm up on stage I really enjoy getting the audience involved with the performance by dancing, singing and feeling like part of the show. It's an invitation to enjoy yourselves and to be happy,” she adds.