Rubén Blades

Rubén Blades



Rubén Blades Bellido de Luna (born July 16, 1948), known professionally as Rubén Blades (Spanish pronunciation: [ruˈβem ˈblaðes] but [ˈbleðz] in Panama and within the family),[1] is a Panamanian singer, songwriter, actor, musician, activist, and politician, performing musically most often in the Afro-Cuban, salsa, and Latin jazz genres. As a songwriter, Blades brought the lyrical sophistication of Central American nueva canción and Cuban nueva trova as well as experimental tempos and politically inspired Nuyorican salsa to his music, creating "thinking persons' (salsa) dance music".

Blades has composed dozens of musical hits, the most famous of which is "Pedro Navaja", a song about a neighborhood thug who is killed by a very attractive street walker he actually knows (he tries to kill her, she shoots him, they both die, a bum finds them, and takes his belongings; Blades' song "Sorpresas" continues the story), inspired by "Mack the Knife". He also composed and sings "Patria" (Motherland), which many Panamanians consider their second national anthem. He has won eight[2] Grammy Awards and five[3] Latin Grammy Awards. His acting career began in 1983, and has continued, sometimes with several-year breaks to focus on other projects; since 2015, he has portrayed Daniel Salazar, a main character on TV series Fear the Walking Dead. He has prominent roles in films such as Crossover Dreams (1985), The Milagro Beanfield War (1988), Predator 2 (1992), Color of Night (1994), Safe House (2012), The Counselor (2013) and the upcoming Hands of Stone (2016), along with three Emmy Award nominations for his performances in The Josephine Baker Story (1991), Crazy from the Heart (1992) and The Maldonado Miracle (2003). His songs like "The Hit" (1988) appeared in audio backgrounds of movies like Q & A (1990).

He is an icon in Panama and is much admired throughout Latin America and Spain, and managed to attract 18% 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 for a five-year term. He holds a Licenciado en Derecho law degree from the University of Panama and an LL.M in International Law from Harvard University. He is married to singer Luba Mason.[4]



Salsero Original
Salsero Original is an album by musical artist Rubén Blades, released on August 12, 2016.
The Counselor
The Counselor (spelled The Counsellor in some markets) is a 2013 British-American crime thriller film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Cormac McCarthy.
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
Color of Night
Color of Night is a 1994 American erotic mystery thriller film produced by Cinergi Pictures and released in the United States by Hollywood Pictures.

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TV Shows3

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Chabuca Granda Tribute Album Released in Peru
  –  December 29, 2016
LIMA – Joaquin Sabina, Ana Belen, Ruben Blades and Lidia Barroso are among the artists who contributed tracks to an album released on Wednesday featuring the compositions of the late Chabuca Granda, one of Peru’s greatest singer-songwriters of the 20th ...
TV’s craziest action scenes of 2016
  –  December 26, 2016
And by beach fun, we mean being cornered by a large group of walkers. Things looked bleak for Daniel (Ruben Blades), Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie), and Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), until what initially appears to be a walker appears. Turns out it was ...
Top 10 world music albums
  –  December 23, 2016
Back in New York, Wynton Marsalis, Ruben Blades, and Angelique Kidjo added material. The musicianship is exceptional, and so is the feeling. “The Playmaker” Nigeria’s pop scene, Africa’s busiest and most influential, runs mostly on hits ...
'Magnificent Seven' rides again on DVD
  –  December 22, 2016
Unaware of exactly how bad the zombie apocalypse is, the passengers (Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Ruben Blades) must deal with vicious communities of survivors as well as the ever-present undead. Extras: commentaries, featurettes, webisodes and deleted scenes.
Usher – Hard II Love (Album Review)
  –  December 21, 2016
An emotional and pleading Latin piece featuring Rubén Blades, Spanish and English lyrics come together as if to illustrate a call for peace. There is no question that Hard II Love is a solid R&B album. The low-light atmosphere gives older charm to modern ...
  –  December 18, 2016
Along with Pacheco, he led and produced the Fania All-Stars, who have recorded over 60 albums showcasing the label's top talent that included Rubén Blades, Cruz, Willie Colon, Ray Barretto and Cheo Feliciano. Harlow appeared with the Fania All-Stars in ...
Fear The Walking Dead Season 2 (Blu-ray)
  –  December 13, 2016
Strand wants to get the group to Mexico, he has a stash of supplies in Baja and assures Nick (Frank Dillane), Alicia, Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie), Madison (Kim Dickens), Daniel (Ruben Blades) and the others that they'll be safe there. On the way there ...
Rubén Blades anchors an iconic lineup of Afro-Caribbean delight at La Salsa Vive
  –  November 4, 2016
This weekend, four icons of the Afro-Caribbean fusion genre are coming to the Amway Center: Rubén Blades, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Andy Montañez and Gilberto Santa Rosa. If you're planning to go to this concert and sit down for a nice listening ...


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