bio RUBEN BLADES - Official Bio

Born July 16th, 1948 in the Republic of Panama

He holds Degrees in Law and Political Science from the University of Panama (1974) and Harvard Graduate Law School (1985). 
He has an Honorary Doctorate in Chicano Studies, from Berkeley University (California).
He has an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Lehman College, CUNY (Bronx, New York).
He has an Honorary Doctorate of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music (Boston, Massachusetts).

Awards and Distinctions
2000 Named Ambassador Against Racism by the United Nations.
2003 The National Academy of Arts & Sciences (NARAS) honored him with the "Heroes Award".
2005 ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) honored him with the “Founders Award”.
2006 The Chilean Government presented him with the Pablo Neruda Medal of Honor.
2007 The Latin American Tourism Confederation (COTAL) selected him as the Tourism Personality of the Year, honoring him with
         the Albatros Award.
2008 Latin Trade Magazine honored him with the Bravo Award for the Most Innovative Leader of the Year.
2010 Aid for Aids honored him with the “My Hero” award for his work promoting Aids awareness.
2011 The Hispanic Heritage Foundation honored him with the arts award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
2011 The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) honored him with their Raúl Juliá HOLA Founders Award.

Music and Film
He has recorded more than 20 albums and countless collaborations with diverse artists.
He has won 17 Grammy Awards (9 U.S. Grammy and 8 Latin Grammy). Among these, his most recent production Son de Panamá won both Best Salsa and Album of the Year Latin Grammys, as well as the U.S. Grammy Best Tropical Latin Album.
He has starred in 35+ movies, and 2 television shows.

Has been nominated for 3 Emmy Awards.
He won a Cable Ace Award in the Best Actor category (1989).

Founder of the Papa Egoro political party in the Republic of Panama (1992). He ran for President of the Republic of Panama in 1994, coming in third place, with 18% of the vote in the election, among 27 parties and seven presidential candidates. He worked as General Administrator of the Authority of Tourism in Panama and Minister of Tourism of Panama, from September 1st 2004, until June 30th 2009.
Rubén Blades plans to stop touring in the salsa genre in late 2018, to pursue other musical projects. 2018 will be his last salsa performances, and the last opportunity to hear these songs from his own lips.

Since 2010, Rubén Blades has been backed by Roberto Delgado and his Orchestra, of Panamá, with whom he has performed at the most prestigious festivals and concert halls in Europe, the U.S, and Latin America.
The orchestra is composed of Roberto Delgado, director, arranger, and bass guitar; Juan Berna, piano; Luis Enrique Becerra, keyboards; Juan Carlos ¨Wichy¨ López and Alejandro Castillo, trumpets; Francisco Delvecchio, Idígoras Bethancourt and Avenicio Núñez, trombones; Marco Barraza, congas; Carlos Pérez-Bidó, timbales, Raúl Rivera, bongós and percusión; and Ademir Berrocal, drums.

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