December 3, 2020

Ruben Blades

Courtesy of @ruben.blades Instagram

Panama’s native son Ruben Blades has been writing and singing odes to social issues since he started making music. Whether an ode to the working man, the history of immigration or realities colonization Blades tackles it.

The Harvard educated lawyer made his way from Panama to New York city to work as a mail clerk at Fania records. It got his foot in the door and sound on wax. He turned salsa into thinking man’s music making people dance and consider the world around them. Songs like “Plastico” and “Pedro Navaja” illuminate that. In the mid 1990s he even ran for President of Panama but lost.  Blades later became Panama’s minister of tourism making economic change in his homeland. Since then he continues to make political statements through his music, acting and has considered running for Panama’s presidency again.

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About The Author

Besides putting pen to paper for ‘LLERO Jessica is a co-founder. She is a seasoned writer, editor and journalist who has successfully peddled her words across media platforms from Urban Latino, Latina and Cosmo Latina, since picking up her professional pen in 1999.

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