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There's a lot going on here, aside from Blades's agreeable duet with Linda Ronstadt and the Joe Jackson solo, which got the press. Besides, pianist Ricardo Marrero has long been on many "most-underrated" lists. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music, Rovi


Born: 16 July 1948 in Panama City, Panama

Genre: Salsa and Tropical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Rubén Blades is one of the most successful vocalists in the history of Panamanian music. A former member of bands led by Ray Barretto and Willie Colón, Blades has continued to influence salsa music with his highly literate, politically tinged lyrics and his modern-minded arrangements, which substitute the usual horn and Latin percussion sections with synthesizers and drum sets. Often referred to as "the Latin Bruce Springsteen," Blades provided a musical voice for the middle class of Central America....
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