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" 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. "
" A lot of times you're just conditioned by what's around you. "
" In those days the big U.S. labels didn't have any particular interest in the Latin market. "
" To fix Panama, you need more than charisma and records: you need a program of action. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance. "
" There's something about the tango that brings even more emotion out of the lyrics. "
" Not everybody goes to government to serve themselves and not their country. "
" 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. "
" You know, it was uncomfortable doing the same thing. I don't like a rut. "
" I don't accept ideologies that are not a product of consensus. I don't have an ideology, but I do have a sense of what's right and what's wrong. "
" 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 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. "
" It's almost as if people think that in Latin America we're not hip to what's happening here. "
" So that in 1974, when I graduated as a lawyer, I figured I'm not going to be a lawyer under a military regime. "
" My mother never finished elementary school. My father didn't, and that was a reality for many of us. "
" Anywhere you had a commerce center, you had a lot of music. "
" So that I saw music as a way of documenting realities from the urban cities of Latin America. "
" People are a lot smarter than anyone gives them credit for being. "
" Yes, I was going to law school and it was closed in '69. "
" But, when I was about thirteen, I began to sort of sing in my neighborhood. "
" Rock is young music, it is youth oriented. It just speaks for a generation. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" So that when I came from Panama... my family was exiled in 1973 and they went to Miami. "
" It doesn't make sense for me to be a lawyer in a place where there is no law. "
" Tortured characters are, I think, an actor's dream. "
" 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. "
" 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. "