Martin Perez was raised by his grandparents in Coamo, a small working-class town nestled in one of Puerto Rico’s lush and verdant valleys, where families shared what little they had. “If you roasted a pig, you shared with the whole barrio,” Perez recalls.
His grandfather, a sharecropper, would often sing as he worked the land. “He was passionate about the land and honoring the past, that we should build on it, and be passionate about it. That’s how life should be.”