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Compay Segundo
November 18, 1907 - July 13, 2003
Nationality: Cuban
Category: Musician
Subcategory: Cuban Musician

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


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


I play music the way it was played in yesteryear.


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


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.


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.


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.


The roots of Cuban music are in my head.


Everyone should have a philosophy for living better.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


In order to grow old, you have to experience everything, but in moderation.


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