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So that when I came from Panama... my family was exiled in 1973 and they went to Miami.

I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.

It doesn't make sense for me to be a lawyer in a place where there is no law.

People are a lot smarter than anyone gives them credit for being.

You know, it was uncomfortable doing the same thing. I don't like a rut.

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.

A lot of times you're just conditioned by what's around you.

And music was a very important part of our lives. The radio was on all day.

Anywhere you had a commerce center, you had a lot of music.

But, when I was about thirteen, I began to sort of sing in my neighborhood.

I decided we should book ourselves, so I started booking the band.

I was a kid, and I remember my mother singing. She was also a radio soap opera actress, but my mother sang.

I was born in Panama, the Republic of Panama, on July 16, 1948 in Panama City, in an area called San Felipe.

In those days the big U.S. labels didn't have any particular interest in the Latin market.

It was very interesting, and we went to Germany and we toured Germany like we were a German band in 1985.

It's almost as if people think that in Latin America we're not hip to what's happening here.

Rock is young music, it is youth oriented. It just speaks for a generation.

So everything that ever happened, we knew about in Panama.

So that I saw music as a way of documenting realities from the urban cities of Latin America.

So that in 1974, when I graduated as a lawyer, I figured I'm not going to be a lawyer under a military regime.