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“Power does not corrupt, power unmasks”


Sometimes you wonder what would have happened if Ruben Blades he would have been president of Panama. Would it have been good? Had he been hated? Was it better if it wasn’t?

“I think it would have been good for the country,” Blades said Thursday in a video call interview hours before Latin Grammy, where he was honored as Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year and awarded album of the year awards for Salswing! and best salsa album for Sauce Plus, both with Roberto Delgado & Orchestra.

People say that power corrupts; I do not think so. I believe that power unmasks, ” he added. “They don’t buy you if you don’t sell yourself … Public service to me is worth more than a Grammy or all the Grammys I have earned or received. There is nothing better than serving your country and your people, period. ”

Rubén Blades Holds His Person Of The Year Award From The Latin Recording Academy.  Reuters Photo

Rubén Blades holds his Person of the Year award from the Latin Recording Academy. Reuters photo

What has happened since I know ran for president in 1994 is that he remained faithful to the music and the acting, and finally he had the luxury of having a public service position as Minister of Tourism from 2004 to 2009, fortunately without the corruption or nepotism scandals that often plague Latin American politicians. In fact, as you can see in the documentary My name is not Rubén Blades, from 2018, you can still walk the streets of Panama and people say hello to you.

After being enchanted by the music of Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers in the movie Rock rock rockBorn in Panama City in 1948, when he was ten, Blades entered music in the 1970s through a very back door, he says, but has never been separated from it since.

However, “contrary to what people who do not know what they are talking about say, I did not leave Panama with the purpose of being a musician, I left Panama because I was not going to be a lawyer in a dictatorship.”

Blades Thanks The Album Of The Year Award For &Quot;Salswing!&Quot;  Afp Photo

Blades thanks the album of the year award for “Salswing!” AFP photo

His parents had left the country before him because of a problem with the military leader Manuel Noriega. “When I arrived in Florida to be with my family, a lot of jobs were happening there and I couldn’t help them because my law degree didn’t work, it didn’t work in Florida and I called FANIA, which was the largest salsa record company. ‘ ‘Thus began the familiar story.

How it started

Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz from FANIA had recorded Sad guaguancó de Blades in 1971 and he was hoping to get a job as a composer or musician. The only offer they had available was a position in charge of the label’s correspondence.

“I started in the FANIA mail and there Ray Barretto found me … They told him, ‘the guy that’s there stamping FANIA, that guy sings and that guy writes songs’ “Blades recalled. “Barreto went to see me and I did an audition and he placed me in the orchestra together with Tito GomezMay he rest in peace, and that’s how I started in New York in 1974. ”

Rubén Blades Recalls In This Interview His Beginnings As A Musician.  Ap Photo

Rubén Blades recalls in this interview his beginnings as a musician. AP Photo

Looking for guava, the famous Pedro navaja, Plastic, Forbidden to forget, Looking for America and Disappearances -the theme that he stopped singing live due to the sadness it caused- are some of the songs of the FANIA mail manager who, counting the awards he won on Thursday, he has won 10 Latin Grammys and nine Grammys.

“Fame provides a stage and an opportunity to express opinions that are going to have an impact and should be a positive impact on our society,” Blades said. “It is positive that an artist speaks in a responsible and informed manner on issues that might not attract attention. ”

And on its continuity: “As long as I can sing and provide the public with the level of quality that I demand of myself and that the public is used to receiving from me, I will continue working. But the moment I feel that the voice or the disposition, the enthusiasm, no longer feel them, that is the day that I stop immediately, as well as I stopped smoking, ” he said.

Blades Leaves The Stage After Receiving His Award.  Ap Photo

Blades leaves the stage after receiving his award. AP Photo

“Music will never leave me because music is something that helps you spiritually, it even helps you therapeutically and keeps you in communication with the best that is in the universe, ” he said.

On Wednesday, Blades was celebrated at the traditional Person of the Year benefit concert by dozens of artists, including Andrés Calamaro, Vicentico, Flor de Toloache, Diego Torres, Farruko and Joaquín Sabina, who performed versions of his songs.

“That he (Sabina) traveled from Spain to here to share with me tonight was something that seemed very special to me, ” he said.” I said, ‘You would have done it for Zoom’. That surprised me and I appreciate it immensely. I was also surprised Christina Aguilera because I didn’t even know that she knew me, ” he added about the American singer, who played Chameleon in an arrangement similar to the Ecuadorian corridor.

A Man Walks In Front Of A Mural Alluding To Rubén Blades In The El Chorrillo Neighborhood Of Panama City.  Photo Efe

A man walks in front of a mural alluding to Rubén Blades in the El Chorrillo neighborhood of Panama City. Photo EFE

On Thursday, during the awards gala broadcast on television, René Pérez “Resident ‘‘thanked him for “raising” him with his music, educating him with his lyrics and opening the doors of his house. “We have been friends for a long time. I always have great admiration for René, ” Blades said.

The star of 73 years stresses that music and acting are teamwork. His on-screen peers, where he has garnered more than 50 film and television appearances, include Harrison Ford, Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Danny Glover, Robert De Niro … “I learn a lot from my peers,” said Blades. “I really like working and learning from other people.”

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