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We're speaking with Emiliano Echeverria, who has been for many years a major collector of the music of Cuba and who has for many years been presenting Cuban Music on Public Radio for audiences in the an Francisco Bay Area. Emiliano, how and where did you acquire your interest in Cuban Music??

EE: Actually, it's always been there. I'm of Central American background and being such, my culture is, in part, Caribbean based. We listened to Cuban Music as far back as I can remember, along with music of the US, Mexico, Puerto Rico and other countries of Latin America. Remember that in the "fifties" before Rock-n-Roll, Mambos and Cha-cha-cha's were the big dance crazes, and not only among us Latinos. My parents' old records formed the basis and beginning of the collection. So, its been always a part of your musical life?

EE: Yes and no, while Cuban Music has always been there, I, like most of my contemporaries did my excursion into the Rock and R & B world, as well. You, in fact got your start in radio in the Rock world didn't you??

EE: Yes, in mid-1967, the so-called "Hippie" Summer of Love. I started at a small local station called KMPX then run by a very big man in the Rock business named Tom Donahue, who mentored me for about a year. After that time (in 1968) I moved my activities across the Bay to Berkeley and KPFA FM, from where I still do a monthly program, 38 years later. So you started in commercial radio and went over to "Public Radio" Why??

EE: Because I was still very young, and I wanted to learn more of the trade than just being a DJ, and I was convinced that I would eventually return, anyway. But you never returned to commercial radio, did you??

EE: No, by the time I knew enough I was blacklisted, so I have stayed on in Peoples' Radio, and blazed trails of my own, and for others, as well, a fact of which I am very proud. You have been credited by some with helping get Latin Music popular in the San Fancisco Bay Area, true??

EE: I was a part of a group of people who were experimenting with new ways to present afro-caribbean music here. We sometimes worked together, sometimes competed. But the fact is that we were playing this music on the air in Autumn of 1971. I mentored several other hosts so that the genre would have a variety of presentors and appproaches. So you were an early Salsa DJ and mentor to others in the field, then.

EE: Yes. I mentored Chata Gutierrez, who now has the longest continuous "Salsa" program in the Bay Area, and who has since won for herself several awards. Andres Alegria was also a student of mine, who has since gone into free-lance television production, and there have been others, as well. I have also been a community media activist, working to increase Latino participation in broadcasting.

martes, 22 marzo 2011, 07:32 pm