In this workshop you will learn more about the personal background of Panamanian born Rubén Blades and how his upbringing influenced his music and trajectory becoming a renowned singer, songwriter, Harvard University alum, Panamanian presidential candidate, and Tourism Minister.
Join talented vocalist/percussionist Omar Ledezma Jr. in a conversation and listening session on the music of award-winning singer Rubén Blades, who has had an influence on Ledezma’s development as a performing artist.
This event will be conducted online via video conferencing.
Ledezma will analyze selected songs to focus on rhythmic structure, lyricism, and the significant social messages associated with the work of Blades. Finally, Ledezma will perform excerpts of some of Blades’s most famous songs on voice and percussion.
Participants will learn about how social history impacted the life and artistic work of Rubén Blades and also learn about key ingredients to creating and performing vocals in Afro-Caribbean music.