RUBEN BLADES: “TODOS VUELVEN” en Peru (Cuarto Poder TV) part 1-3










Lima, Oct. 09 (ANDINA) agencia peruana de noticias (English).-

Panamanian salsa singer Ruben Blades arrived last night in Lima together with his former band Los Seis del Solar to perform a concert tomorrow at the Monumental Stadium in Lima.

Blades said he is happy to sing again for the Peruvian fans whom the Panamanian singer described as “experts”.

After 5 years, in which he served as Panama’s Tourism Minister, Ruben Blades announced his tour “Todos vuelven” with which he will visit several countries, including Peru.

“We all come with great expectations. We know here the fans are experts and people are very fond of us. I take this opportunity to thank everyone, really the relationship we have had here has been always very special,” he said.

Rubén Blades is a Panamanian salsa singer, songwriter, lawyer, actor, Latin jazz musician, and politician, performing musically most often in the Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz genres.

As songwriter, Blades brought the lyrical sophistication of Central American nueva canción and Cuban nueva trova as well as experimental tempos and political 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 appears to die during a robbery (his song “Sorpresas” continues the story), inspired by “Mack the Knife.

“He also composed and sings what many Panamanians consider their second national anthem. The song is titled “Patria” (Fatherland).

He is an icon in Panama and is much admired throughout Latin America, 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. He holds law degrees from the University of Panama and Harvard Law School.


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