Ruben Blades — Panamanian Musician born on July 16, 1948,

Rubén Blades Bellido de Luna, known professionally as Rubén Blades, 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' dance music"... (wikipedia)

I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.
I was a kid, and I remember my mother singing. She was also a radio soap opera actress, but my mother sang.
A lot of times you're just conditioned by what's around you.
I was born in Panama, the Republic of Panama, on July 16, 1948 in Panama City, in an area called San Felipe.
So that I saw music as a way of documenting realities from the urban cities of Latin America.

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