Rodrigo Muñoz, Ismaila Alfa, Jim Hiscott (CBC/Thacker)
Whenever we saw each other it was always about the music. And eventually we started to develop the friendship.
—Rodrigo Muñoz, musician
To hear Rodrigo Muñoz and Jim Hiscott talk, you'd think they'd been making music together for a long time. And they have. It just took them a while to record any of it.
In 1980, Muñoz and Hiscott were both pretty new to Winnipeg. Muñoz was still a teenager and Hiscott had come to Winnipeg to work as a music producer for the CBC. More than 30 years later, they've release their first CD together called Norte Tropical.
Hiscott remembers his early encounters with Munoz. "They had a family group called Millarapue. They played mostly Andean style music inspired by political songs...also music from all around Latin America with pan pipes, etc. And there used to be a club called Al Cafe. I brought my button accordion and Rodrigo was there with his guitar. After a while we started playing together."
Muñoz adds "Whenever we saw each other it was always about the music. And eventually we started to develop the friendship."
Hiscott appreciates Muñoz's knowledge. "I knew something about Latin music but Rodrigo knew so many different styles from every country south of the Mexican border."