Until the 1980s I advocated my entire life in Scotland to the subject of Chile: its politics and its culture in the context of a bloody Pinochet dictatorship affecting The People of Chile for 18 years. To play some guitar, a bit of imagination, a bit of courage and a political commitment was all what I need to do interesting things and meet interesting people.
However, I have also worked hard promoting the culture of Latin America. A very satisfying experience was to work, at times, with my fellow Chilean musician Galo Ceron in Schools, universities and children festivals.
For the things mentioned above and for the reasons listed below I realized that I have always been involved in cultural/political activities related either to Chile or Latin-America. This task allowed me to do exciting things and be in touch with interesting people involved in cultural work in Scotland.
A great experience was to work with the great political theatre Co. The 7:84. We toured Britain and Canada and allowed me to get to know two great people: John McGrath and his wife Liz MacLennan.
Once in Italy I asked the Chilean novelist Luis Sepulveda if he could gave an interview and he declined. The artist who did not decline to be interviewed by me was the great Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero. The interview took place many years ago in a beautiful Italian Piazza.
Maestro Fernando Botero, one of the greatest Latin American artists working today, was very kind to accept me for an interview. This was a weird meeting in which I, the interviewer, talk a lot instead of making Mr Botero to talk. (stupid me)
The setting was around a table in a coffee bar. Unfortunately when I began to do the interview, it began to rain and not far from where we were sitting a worker began to do some drilling work on the pavement ruining the recording.
What is important, however, is the fact that I managed to do, with my wife, my smiles and a lot of enthusiasm, an interview with one of the greatest artists from Latin-America the Colombian painter and sculptor.