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Rubén Blades

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Biography

Rubén Blades (born July 16, 1948) is a Panamanian salsa singer, songwriter, actor and politician. As songwriter, Blades brought the lyrical sophistication of South American nueva canción and Cuban nueva trova to salsa, creating thinking persons' dance music. He remains wildly popular in that country and much admired throughout Latin America, and he managed to attract 20% 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. Blades is completely bilingual, working both in English and Spanish. His most famous song is "Pedro Navaja", a song about a panderer whose day to die has come.

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Top Songs

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  1.  
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    Por la esquina del viejo barrio lo vi pasar
    Con el tumbao' que tienen los guapos al caminar
    Las manos siempre en los bolsillos de su gabn
    Pa' que no sepan en cul de ellas lleva el pual
    Usa un sombrero de ala ancha de medio lao
    Pedro Navaja  -  108,050 plays
  2.  
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    La ex-señorita no ha decidido qué hacer
    En su clase de Geografía
    La maestra habla de Turquía
    Mientras que la susodicha
    Sólo piensa en su desdicha y en su dilema
    Decisiones  -  54,840 plays
  3. Plastico  -  45,591 plays
  4. Sin Querer Queriendo  -  29,536 plays
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    Saliendo del hospital
    después de ver a mi mamá
    luchando contra un cáncer
    que no se puede curar
    vi pasar a una familia
    Amor Y Control  -  25,979 plays
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