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.
People are a lot smarter than anyone gives them credit for being.
We had something to say. Whenever we played, people didn't dance, they listened.
What I do not accept is the fact that so many people's talents were ripped off.
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.
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.
They're making a ton of money, and no one is getting a nickel.
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.
A lot of times you're just conditioned by what's around you.
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.
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.
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.