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Born: 1907-11-18
Profession: Musician
Nation: Cuban
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In order to grow old, you have to experience everything, but in moderation.

Tags: Experience, Old, Order

I am a scholar of life. Every night before I go to sleep, I analyze every detail of what I did that day. I evaluate things and people, which helps me avoid mistakes.

Tags: Life, Mistakes, Sleep

As far as pleasures, you've got to have limits. You shouldn't have too much of good things, so you'll always have a desire for more and you won't get bored.

Tags: Bored, Far, Good

As long as your heart beats, one is never too old.

Tags: Beats, Heart, Old

Because people are very interested in my poetry, in what I say.

Tags: Interested, Poetry

Cubans are frantic when it comes to appreciating music.

Tags: Cubans, Frantic, Music

Everyone should have a philosophy for living better.

Tags: Everyone, Living, Philosophy

I am still simple, just as if I were beginning.

Tags: Beginning, Simple

I play music the way it was played in yesteryear.

Tags: Music, Played

I'll only stop singing when I'm in my grave.

Tags: Grave, Singing, Stop

I'm still strong and in the best shape to continue living my life.

Tags: Best, Life, Strong

I've done a lot of things away from my homeland.

Tags: Away, Done, Homeland

My secret? A desire to work, years of dedication and loving what you do; I can't live without music.

Tags: Music, Secret, Work

The music that I play and that I like is traditional music, maybe it's because of my age.

Tags: Age, Maybe, Music

The roots of Cuban music are in my head.

Tags: Head, Music, Roots

When it comes to musicians, I'm like the daddy of musicians here in Cuba.

Tags: Daddy, Here, Musicians

Can you imagine that Cuba and Europe's youth, who had forgotten about traditional music, who only thought of rock music, are now looking back towards their grandparents? That is a phenomenon.

Tags: Music, Rock, Thought

Every time I talk about this, I say: when the singer is singing, he must be respected, you must be able to hear what he's saying. You can't put a trombone and a drum up there, and a microphone on the drum, microphones on everybody. You can't hear what he's saying.

Tags: Put, Saying, Time

I don't sit in the corner waiting for death: death has to pursue me. I'm going strong. I hope to reach 100 and ask for an extension, just like my grandmother did.

Tags: Death, Hope, Waiting

Ry Cooder for me is a master, a great master that has a wonderful feel for Cuban music. He's also paid tribute my talent a bit, even though I don't know half of what he knows.

Tags: Great, Music, Wonderful

Towns are suffering from all these things, we should unite until we are all satisfied, man cannot be killing each other as if we were animals, as if we had no culture; that is a lack of culture.

Tags: Cannot, Suffering, Until

When you here a conjunto and you hear another conjunto, you think it's like a continuation of the first. It's all the same, same, same. There's no variety, just the same music.

Tags: Another, Here, Music

Young people don't want to be second to anyone. Everyone wants to be an overnight star. Look how many years I had to wait, how many roads I had to travel, how many songs I had to sing. And now I'm just beginning, never ending.

Tags: Travel, Wait, Young

I don't see myself as somebody who looks particularly good in photos.

Tags: Good, Looks, Somebody

My father had to flee from what is today Pakistan when he was a child, and he became a manager at IBM, and any item of consumption he would acquire was a direct measurement of his success in life. But that same equation wasn't going to work for me - I was quite clear about that in my early teens.

Tags: Life, Success, Work

One often forgets that even if art is a very successful field in contemporary culture, there are still a lot of people alienated by it. Even if people don't fully understand where my work is coming from, at least there's somebody who looks kind of sane standing in front of you and politely engaging with you. People react.

Tags: Art, Successful, Work
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The nature of my work is my subjectivity meshed with other people's subjectivity. So there's a correspondence with that... Even if you write about me, it will reflect on you; everything is a kind of weird collaboration.

Tags: Nature, Work, Write
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