Rubén Blades

1948 - Today

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Rubén Blades Bellido de Luna (born July 16, 1948), known professionally as Rubén Blades (Spanish: [ruˈβem ˈblaðes], but [- ˈbledz] in Panama and within the family), is a Panamanian musician, singer, composer, actor, activist, and politician, performing musically most often in the 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 Son Cubano salsa to his music, creating "thinking persons' (salsa) dance music". Blades has written dozens of hit songs, including "Pedro Navaja" and "El Cantante" (which became Héctor Lavoe's signature song). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rubén Blades has received more than 1,659,059 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Rubén Blades is the 373rd most popular singer (up from 391st in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Panama (down from 7th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Panamanian Singer.

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  • 66.07

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  • 25

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.57

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.95

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, Rubén Blades ranks 373 out of 3,541Before him are Carlo Bergonzi, Karen Carpenter, Tino Rossi, Eazy-E, Agnes Baltsa, and Manuel García. After him are Chris Brown, Pinetop Perkins, Alizée, Fritz Wunderlich, Frankie Valli, and Zeca Afonso.

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Among people born in 1948, Rubén Blades ranks 107Before him are Steven Chu, Toshio Suzuki, Pedro López, Nick Drake, Christa McAuliffe, and Alia Al-Hussein. After him are Krešimir Ćosić, Edwige Fenech, Mark Phillips, Hartmut Michel, Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck, and Lars Lagerbäck.

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In Panama

Among people born in Panama, Rubén Blades ranks 8 out of 59Before him are Manuel Noriega (1934), Carlos Fuentes (1928), Omar Torrijos (1929), Edward A. Murphy Jr. (1918), Roberto Durán (1951), and Miguel Bosé (1956). After him are Billy Cobham (1944), Diego de Almagro II (1520), Jordana Brewster (1980), Laurentino Cortizo (1953), Alexis Texas (1985), and Guillermo Endara (1936).

Among SINGERS In Panama

Among singers born in Panama, Rubén Blades ranks 2Before him are Miguel Bosé (1956).