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Rubén Blades


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Rubén Blades (born July 16, 1948) is a Panamanian singer, songwriter, actor and politician. As songwriter, Blades brought the lyrical sophistication of South American nueva canción and Cuban to salsa, creating thinking persons’ dance music. He remains wildly popular in that country and much admired throughout Latin America, and he managed to attract 20% of the vote in his failed attempt to win the Panamanian presidency in 1994. In September 2004, he was appointed minister of tourism by Panamanian president Martín Torrijos. Blades is completely bilingual, working both in English and Spanish. His most famous song is “Pedro Navaja”, a song about a panderer whose day to die has come.

Blades’s father is a percussionist-turned-detective and his mother was a singer and radio performer. His grandfather, Reuben Blades, was an English-speaking native of St. Lucia who came to work on the canal, as he tells in the song West Indian Man on the album Amor Y Control (“That’s where the Blades comes from.”) (1992)

After obtaining degrees in political science and law at Panama’s Universidad Nacional, Blades worked at the Bank of Panama as a lawyer. In 1974, Blades moved to the United States, staying temporarily with his exiled parents in Miami before moving to New York City. Blades began his musical career in New York writing songs while working in the mailroom at Fania Records, and soon was working with salseros Ray Barretto and Larry Harlow.


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    *Su Cruz abre las puertas de la muerte, las puertas irrevocables. Éstas ahora ya no son insuperables. Su Cruz, la radicalidad de su amor es la llave que abre estas puertas. El amor de Cristo que, siendo Dios, se ha hecho hombre para poder morir; este amor tiene la fuerza para abrir las puertas. Este amor es más fuerte que la muerte. BENEDICTO XVI

    21 Feb 5:47pm Reply
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    27 Mar 2014 Reply
  • doowniwevets

    Olvidé su cumpleaños (el dieciseis de julio), lo siento. Aunque no vas a leer esto, feliz cumpleaños, Rubén.

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Winchepro


    9 Jul 2013 Reply
  • thetrogg

    @dooewni: guess you can collect collaborations that way

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • jnaylor2naylor

    Is there a Ruben Blades song that has a snare drum segue half way through the song? I can't recall the name of this one song I used to listen to. Any help would be great.

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • doowniwevets

    Why tag artists as themselves; isn't it already apparent?

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
  • LicChimps

    Rubén Blades es la mamada.

    24 Aug 2012 Reply
  • eliasley

    ....pero no olvides que, de acuerdo a la semilla, así serán los frutos que recogerás.

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • lter__Impius

    Si alguien conoce discos de otros artistas tengan un sonido similar a los que Rubén Blades publicó en los 80s con la banda Seis del Solar, por favor, que me recomiende algo de ellos. Les estaré muy agradecido,

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • MRBEAN745

    ¡¡Su santidad!! Dios lo bendice siempre.

    14 Apr 2012 Reply
  • salsa_and_more

    Olá, in this week's update: Rubén Blades entered NEW the top2 list of characteristic artists -> analysis: SALSA groups, >400 artists:

    21 Dec 2011 Reply
  • superiorsquad

    De los mejores musicos que haya parido latinoamerica

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
  • luisritx

    ¡Enorme Rubén! Viva Latinoamérica.

    17 Oct 2011 Reply
  • angelakard

    Recuerda que el plástico se derrite si le da de lleno el sol

    1 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Kershlaus91

    alguien sabe porque no vino a Paris en Julio ??? :O

    30 Jul 2011 Reply
  • JhoJaJA

    JUANPACHANGA♫♪!!!! Gorgeous Ruben!!

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Taniafb

    Un genio musical, orgullo de mi hermoso pais!

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
  • ppmedina2

    Busco la canción Y DEJA, interpretada por Rubén Blades, ¿alguién la tiene?

    25 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Makukita

    Este Si Es Un Cantante Para El Mundo

    13 Dec 2010 Reply
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