I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.
A lot of times you're just conditioned by what's around you.
People are a lot smarter than anyone gives them credit for being.
I was a kid, and I remember my mother singing. She was also a radio soap opera actress, but my mother sang.
So that I saw music as a way of documenting realities from the urban cities of Latin America.
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.
It doesn't make sense for me to be a lawyer in a place where there is no law.
I was born in Panama, the Republic of Panama, on July 16, 1948 in Panama City, in an area called San Felipe.
So everything that ever happened, we knew about in Panama.
We had something to say. Whenever we played, people didn't dance, they listened.
I decided we should book ourselves, so I started booking the band.
I was the first person to come into New York with a Latin American point of view which was also very much influenced by political happenings in Latin America.
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.
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.
You know, it was uncomfortable doing the same thing. I don't like a rut.
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