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" Anywhere you had a commerce center, you had a lot of music. "
" What I do not accept is the fact that so many people's talents were ripped off. "
" And music was a very important part of our lives. The radio was on all day. "
" It doesn't make sense for me to be a lawyer in a place where there is no law. "
" I think being born in Panama was a blessing because Panama is a port city. It's a really - the mentality is that - I remember that of admitting things in. You know, ports, ideas come in and out all the time. "
" To fix Panama, you need more than charisma and records: you need a program of action. "
" 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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" 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. "
" 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. "
" You know, it was uncomfortable doing the same thing. I don't like a rut. "
" There's something about the tango that brings even more emotion out of the lyrics. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" My mother never finished elementary school. My father didn't, and that was a reality for many of us. "
" So that when I came from Panama... my family was exiled in 1973 and they went to Miami. "
" So everything that ever happened, we knew about in Panama. "
" 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. "
" It was very interesting, and we went to Germany and we toured Germany like we were a German band in 1985. "
" 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. "
" I was never particularly a part of the following of tango; I just liked it... most of all, I recognized that the urban content and the approach seemed very familiar and very connected to the songs that I was doing, the kind of songs that I wanted to write - the songs about the street. "
" We had something to say. Whenever we played, people didn't dance, they listened. "
" At a certain point, people in Panama thought that everything was going to be solved as soon as Noriega was gone. Of course, the disappointment was huge. "
" There was no television, so the radio provided you with everything. "
" I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance. "
" I was a kid, and I remember my mother singing. She was also a radio soap opera actress, but my mother sang. "
" Tortured characters are, I think, an actor's dream. "
" In those days the big U.S. labels didn't have any particular interest in the Latin market. "
" 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. "
" I'm planning to retire from salsa. I'm planning to do a farewell tour. "
" I really think that music itself, being one of the greatest possible vehicles for mass communication, should be probed to its extremes, to see how effective it can actually become, which is one of the reasons why I became also interested in presenting political points of view. "