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    It's almost as if people think that in Latin America we're not hip to what's happening here.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: people  america 
     
    I decided we should book ourselves, so I started booking the band.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: book 
     
    There's something about the tango that brings even more emotion out of the lyrics.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: emotion  lyrics 
     
    Tango was very popular in Panama at the time when I was growing up. In the Fifties in Panama, the radio stations played all types of music.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: time  music 
     
    So everything that ever happened, we knew about in Panama.
    — Ruben Blades
    The grandmother, the mother, the worker, the student, the intellectual, the professional, the unemployed, everybody identified with the songs because they were descriptions of life in the city.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: song  mother 
     
    Tortured characters are, I think, an actor's dream.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: character  dreams 
     
    Basically, I would like to be considered for roles that are well-written. I think that part of the problem that we've had as actors is that they insist on looking at us as Latino actors and not as actors, period.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: problem 
     
    I don't accept ideologies that are not a product of consensus. I don't have an ideology, but I do have a sense of what's right and what's wrong.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: right  wrong 
     
    At a certain point, people in Panama thought that everything was going to be solved as soon as Noriega was gone. Of course, the disappointment was huge.
    — Ruben Blades
    In general, both in Spanish and English, the quality of the entertainment media is horrible.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: media  quality 
     
    To fix Panama, you need more than charisma and records: you need a program of action.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: action 
     
    I was always interested in trying to find how different genres would affect the lyrics that I'd written. Salsa is where most of my songs have been recorded, the genre of salsa. It's very frenetic, fast-paced. And I felt that the lyrics sometimes were being lost.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: lost  song  lyrics 
     
    The first time I played was in Buenos Aires - was in 1983. The dictatorship was in position.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: time 
     
    I was never particularly a part of the following of tango; I just liked it... most of all, I recognized that the urban content and the approach seemed very familiar and very connected to the songs that I was doing, the kind of songs that I wanted to write - the songs about the street.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: urban  song  write 
     
    Not everybody goes to government to serve themselves and not their country.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: government 
     
    My mother never finished elementary school. My father didn't, and that was a reality for many of us.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: reality  school  father  mother 
     
    I think being born in Panama was a blessing because Panama is a port city. It's a really - the mentality is that - I remember that of admitting things in. You know, ports, ideas come in and out all the time.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: time  blessing  ideas 
     
    I really think that music itself, being one of the greatest possible vehicles for mass communication, should be probed to its extremes, to see how effective it can actually become, which is one of the reasons why I became also interested in presenting political points of view.
    — Ruben Blades
    I'm planning to retire from salsa. I'm planning to do a farewell tour.
    — Ruben Blades
    I collected the 'Walking Dead' comics.
    — Ruben Blades
    Everyone has a black guy inside them. Mine is a Cuban sonero who is 80-something years old and sings better than I do. His name is Medoro Madera. Medoro has been recording since 1997.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: black  year 
     
    It was very interesting, and we went to Germany and we toured Germany like we were a German band in 1985.
    — Ruben Blades
    In those days the big U.S. labels didn't have any particular interest in the Latin market.
    — Ruben Blades
    You know, it was uncomfortable doing the same thing. I don't like a rut.
    — Ruben Blades
    So that when I came to New York again, it was, I'm not too sure right now, but it was '74 or '75. I went to Miami in '74 and then I came to New York, I think, at the end of '74.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: right 
     
    So that when I came from Panama... my family was exiled in 1973 and they went to Miami.
    — Ruben Blades
    There was no television, so the radio provided you with everything.
    — Ruben Blades
    And, he'd seen me in Panama, and he talked about maybe doing something in New York so I hooked it up when I came here and I recorded in 1969 my first album with Pete Rodriguez.
    — Ruben Blades
    It doesn't make sense for me to be a lawyer in a place where there is no law.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: law 
     
    They're making a ton of money, and no one is getting a nickel.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: money 
     
    There was a lot of stuff happening in Havana that was being heard and appreciated by New Orleans musicians because of this situation. And vice versa.
    — Ruben Blades
    And music was a very important part of our lives. The radio was on all day.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: live  music 
     
    We had something to say. Whenever we played, people didn't dance, they listened.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: people  dance 
     
    What is interesting in this is the exchange of music that occurred between New Orleans and Cuba, I mean, they had ferries that would go from one port to another.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: music 
     
    Rock is young music, it is youth oriented. It just speaks for a generation.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: youth  young  music 
     
    But, when I was about thirteen, I began to sort of sing in my neighborhood.
    — Ruben Blades
    Anywhere you had a commerce center, you had a lot of music.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: music 
     
    Yes, I was going to law school and it was closed in '69.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: law  school 
     
    So that in 1974, when I graduated as a lawyer, I figured I'm not going to be a lawyer under a military regime.
    — Ruben Blades
    tags: military 
     
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    ruben blades
    Birth    : July 16, 1948
    Occupation  : Singer