Ruben Blades

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So that in 1974, when I graduated as a lawyer, I figured I'm not going to be a lawyer under a military regime.

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I was a kid, and I remember my mother singing. She was also a radio soap opera actress, but my mother sang.

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And, we watched the Beatles one week after they showed up on the Ed Sullivan Show because of the U.S. Southern Command TV network.

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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.

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I was born in Panama, the Republic of Panama, on July 16, 1948 in Panama City, in an area called San Felipe.

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They're making a ton of money, and no one is getting a nickel.

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But, when I was about thirteen, I began to sort of sing in my neighborhood.

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People are a lot smarter than anyone gives them credit for being.

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I decided we should book ourselves, so I started booking the band.

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So everything that ever happened, we knew about in Panama.

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Every band had their own distinctive sound, but it was pretty much dancing music and rhythmic music with a tremendous emphasis on copying the Cuban models.

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There was no television, so the radio provided you with everything.

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I was the first person to come into New York with a Latin American point of view which was also very much influenced by political happenings in Latin America.

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It doesn't make sense for me to be a lawyer in a place where there is no law.

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A lot of times you're just conditioned by what's around you.

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In those days the big U.S. labels didn't have any particular interest in the Latin market.

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Rock is young music, it is youth oriented. It just speaks for a generation.

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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.

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This is important to clarify, because a lot of people don't understand that I came in '69 and then went back to Panama to finish school.

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I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.

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We had something to say. Whenever we played, people didn't dance, they listened.

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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.

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It's almost as if people think that in Latin America we're not hip to what's happening here.

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I think in New York we had respect and we would pretty much fill up the places where we went, but I never got the sense that we really were Number 1 here in New York among the Latin crowds.

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It was very interesting, and we went to Germany and we toured Germany like we were a German band in 1985.

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