MEXICO CITY (dpa) – Sometimes one wonders what would have happened if Rubén Blades had been President of Panama. Would it have been good? Was he hated? Was it better if not?
“I think it would have been good for the country,” said Blades in a video call interview on Thursday. Hours before the Latin Grammywhere he was named Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy and Recipient of the Album of the Year Award for “SALSWING!” and best salsa album for “SALSA PLUS!“, Both with Roberto Delgado & Orquesta.
“People say that power corrupts; I don’t think so. I believe power unmask “added. “They don’t buy from you if you don’t sell yourself… Public service is worth more to me than a Grammy or all the Grammys I’ve earned or whatever they give me. There is nothing like serving your country and your people, period ”.
His time as a civil servant
What happenedor since he ran for president in 1994 is that he’s been faithful to his music and acting (fans are still waiting to see more of his scenes like Daniel Salazar on Fear The Walking Dead), and eventually he had the luxury of a civil service as minister to have tourism from 2004 to 2009, luckily without the corruption or nepotism scandals that often plague Latin American politicians. Indeed, as you can see in the documentation “My name is not Rubén Blades” as of 2018 you can still walk the streets of Panama and people say hello to you.
The life of Rubén Blades
After being enchanted by that Music by Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers in the movie “Rock Rock Rock!” when he was about 10 years old, Blades, nAcid in Panama City 1948, He got into music through a back door in the 1970s, he says, but has never parted with it since.
“Contrary to what people say who don’t know what they’re talking about, I didn’t leave Panama to become a musician“I left Panama because I didn’t want to become a lawyer in a dictatorship,” said Blades, whose parents had left the country before him because of a problem with military leader Manuel Noriega.
“When I got to Florida to be with my family there were a lot of jobs there and I couldn’t help them because my law degree wasn’t working, it wasn’t working in Florida and I called FANIA, which is the biggest salsa record company “.
FANIA’s Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz recorded Blades’ “Guaguancó triste” in 1971 and hoped they would get him a job as a composer or musician. The only offer available to them was a position for the label’s correspondence.
“I started at FANIA Post and that’s where Ray Barretto found me … They told him, ‘The guy who stamps FANIA there, this guy sings and this guy writes songs,” recalled Blades. “Barreto visited me and I auditioned and he put me in the orchestra with Tito Gómez, may he rest in peace, and that’s how I started in New York in 1974 ”.
“Looking for guave”, “Pedro Navaja”, “Plastic”, “Forbidden to forget”, “Looking for America” and “Disappearances” are some of the songs by the FANIA postman who if you count the awards that he won Thursday, he has won 10 Latin Grammys and 9 Grammys.
“As long as I can sing and offer the audience the quality that I ask of myself and that the audience is used to from me, I will continue to work. But the moment I feel the voice or the disposition, the enthusiasm, I don’t feel it anymore, that’s the day when I stop immediately, just as I stopped smoking, ”he assured me.
“Music will never leave me, because music helps you spiritually, even helps you therapeutically and keeps you connected to the best that is in the universe.”
Artists surrender to Rubén Blades
On Wednesday, Blades was named Person of the Year at the traditional benefit concert by dozens of artists including Andrés Calamaro, Vicentico, Flor de Toloache, Diego Torres, Farruko and Joaquín Sabina performing versions of his songs.
“That he (Sabina) traveled here from Spain tonight to share with me was very special for me,” he said. “I said, ‘You would have done it for Zoom.’ That surprised me and I appreciate it very much, I admire him very much ”.
“I was also surprised by Christina Aguilera because I didn’t even know she knew me,” he added of the American singer who performed “Camaleón” in an arrangement similar to the Ecuadorian gang.
On Thursday, during the televised awards gala, René Pérez “Residente” thanked him for “educating” him with his music, educating him with his texts and opening the doors of his home for him.
“We have been friends for a long time. I always have great admiration for René, ”said Blades.
The 73-year-old star emphasizes that music and acting are teamwork. His on-screen partners for whom he has earned more than 50 credits in film and television include Harrison Ford, Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Danny Glover, Robert De Niro …
“I learn a lot from my teammates,” said Blades. “I really enjoy working and learning from other people.”
However, he regretted that there weren’t many Latino characters in film and television in the United States.
“Despite the fact that we are the largest number of people in the minority and despite our contributions that are very helpful to the United States’ gross domestic product and also culturally,” he said. “So it seems to me that the presence of a Latino is necessary to represent all of our contribution and contribution that we make.”
The third constant in Blades’ life was his quest for social justice, advocating for causes ranging from fighting hunger and poverty to helping migrants and HIV patients.
“Fame provides a stage and an opportunity to express opinions that will have an impact and should have a positive impact on our society,” said Blades. “It is positive that an artist speaks responsibly and in an informed manner about topics that might not attract attention.”
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