Music with a
Renowned singer-songwriter of 1970s and ‘80s salsa,
and one of salsa’s most political artists.
A native of Panama received his
doctorate in law from Harvard University. Blades worked as an errand boy for Fania Records before launching his
singing career in 1974 with conga player, Ray Barretto’s and his band. In 1976,
he teamed up with legendary trombonist and composer Willie Colon, replacing Colon’s former vocalist
primarily acknowledged for producing salsa with a social message …as an
important contribution that smoothed out the rough, barrio-oriented edge of
salsa prior to that time and got listeners thinking more profoundly about
broad social issues of the day.
(Excerpts from Faces of
Salsa, interview with Willie Colon by Leonardo P.Fuente)