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I decided we should book ourselves, so I started booking the band.
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It’s almost as if people think that in Latin America we’re not hip to what’s happening here.
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I was always interested in trying to find how different genres would affect the lyrics that I’d written. Salsa is where most of my songs have been recorded, the genre of salsa. It’s very frenetic, fast-paced. And I felt that the lyrics sometimes were being lost.
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Basically, I would like to be considered for roles that are well-written. I think that part of the problem that we’ve had as actors is that they insist on looking at us as Latino actors and not as actors, period.
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I didn’t do drugs, I never did do drugs. Never. I don’t have any story of drugs, you know, to speak of. Never did drugs, never was interested in drugs and then I wasn’t interested in the people around the drugs.
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In those days the big U.S. labels didn’t have any particular interest in the Latin market.
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But, when I was about thirteen, I began to sort of sing in my neighborhood.
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I was a kid, and I remember my mother singing. She was also a radio soap opera actress, but my mother sang.
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The grandmother, the mother, the worker, the student, the intellectual, the professional, the unemployed, everybody identified with the songs because they were descriptions of life in the city.
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What is interesting in this is the exchange of music that occurred between New Orleans and Cuba, I mean, they had ferries that would go from one port to another.
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So that when I came from Panama… my family was exiled in 1973 and they went to Miami.
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There’s something about the tango that brings even more emotion out of the lyrics.
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A lot of times you’re just conditioned by what’s around you.
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I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.
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You know, it was uncomfortable doing the same thing. I don’t like a rut.
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They’re making a ton of money, and no one is getting a nickel.
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So that when I came to New York again, it was, I’m not too sure right now, but it was ’74 or ’75. I went to Miami in ’74 and then I came to New York, I think, at the end of ’74.
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Yes, I was going to law school and it was closed in ’69.
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So I went to Miami in ’74 with my family and while I was there it became obvious that we needed money and we needed to do something, because my family, we left without anything really, and we didn’t have any money to begin with.
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So everything that ever happened, we knew about in Panama.
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Every band had their own distinctive sound, but it was pretty much dancing music and rhythmic music with a tremendous emphasis on copying the Cuban models.
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Rock is young music, it is youth oriented. It just speaks for a generation.
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Everyone has a black guy inside them. Mine is a Cuban sonero who is 80-something years old and sings better than I do. His name is Medoro Madera. Medoro has been recording since 1997.
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People are a lot smarter than anyone gives them credit for being.
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My mother never finished elementary school. My father didn’t, and that was a reality for many of us.
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I was born in Panama, the Republic of Panama, on July 16, 1948 in Panama City, in an area called San Felipe.
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I’m planning to retire from salsa. I’m planning to do a farewell tour.
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There was no television, so the radio provided you with everything.
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It doesn’t make sense for me to be a lawyer in a place where there is no law.
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And, he‘d seen me in Panama, and he talked about maybe doing something in New York so I hooked it up when I came here and I recorded in 1969 my first album with Pete Rodriguez.
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Not everybody goes to government to serve themselves and not their country.
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Tango was very popular in Panama at the time when I was growing up. In the Fifties in Panama, the radio stations played all types of music.
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