Big News Network.com (IANS) Friday 17th June, 2011
Two brothers from Cuba embarked on a trek four years ago that took them
to the US to seek political asylum and gave them the chance to become
Franklin Torres, 29, and his brother Maikel, 27 - members of the band
FM5 - said their love for music began when they were small.
They taught themselves to play the guitar and began performing in their
late teens, calling themselves Generos del milenio. They toured Cuba as
members of the Spectrum Band.
However, the chance to achieve their professional objective was
fulfilled only when they left Cuba to head for the US in 2007.
They began a long and risky journey in search of their dreams that took
them across Central America and Mexico until they crossed the US border
without immigration documents, travelling on trains, buses and taking
all kinds of risks.
After getting asylum, they settled in Miami, a hub of the Cuban
community in the US.
One of their goals was getting the opportunity to sing before thousands
of people, something they finally were able to do after an audition for
the 'Yo canto' competition on Telemundo.
Telemundo is an American TV network that broadcasts in Spanish. It is
the second-largest Spanish-language content producer in the world.
Since then, the musical director of 'Yo canto', Marcos Sanchez, has
devoted himself to directing the brothers' musical career. Recently,
they released their first single titled 'Sin decir una palabra'.
The song will be included in the brothers' debut album, which will be
released soon and is scheduled to be the first of five albums that the
Warner label offered to record for them.