Cafecito: Ruben Blades shares how he went from working in the mailroom to singing in front of thousands

On this episode of Cafecito, we were joined by the legendary singer, songwriter, activist and former politician, Ruben Blades. The Panamanian-born Grammy award-winning musician is considered by many to be the first artist to bring socially conscious lyrics to Salsa music. An outspoken leader and activist, Blades’ run for the Panamanian presidency in 1994, yielded a respectable 18 percent of the vote.

Each week we will have a lively, candid conversation with prominent Latinos who shape our community – artists, politicians, actors, achievers and thinkers. Set at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, we will have a relaxed conversation over a cafecito about their personal and professional lives as Latinos in America.


Feliciano Garcia – Producer/Host
Martin Garcia Flores – Producer
Peddy Uval-Pery – Editor
Javier Garcia – Camera/Asst. Editor
Mike Tomczyk – Camera
Julian Lynch – Camera
Frank Puma – Audio
Steven Diaz – Intern
Sylvia Cipra – Intern
Brian Caraveo – Intern
Ashley Smith -Intern

Special Thanks to The Nuyorican Poet’s Café and Rossy’s Bakery

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