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Grammy Winner Rubén Blades Helps CHCI Celebrate Latino Achievement!

September 13, 2018
9:00pm – 10:30pm

Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C.

901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20001


Kicking off a month-long celebration of Latino contributions and 40 years of elevating Latino leadership, CHCI is proud to announce that Rubén Blades, along with Roberto Delgado & Orquesta, will perform at the CHCI 41st Annual Awards Gala.

Rubén Blades is an artist whose work spans many media and arenas. He currently stars in the AMC TV series Fear the Walking Dead, and recently starred in the films Hands of Stone, opposite Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, and John Turturro, and Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, opposite Michael Fassbender.

Blades has played memorable roles in films with such acclaimed directors and talent as Robert Redford in The Milagro Beanfield War, Robert Rodriguez in Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spike Lee in Mo’ Better Blues, Alan J. Pakula in The Devil’s Own, Jack Nicholson in The Two Jakes, and Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in Safe House. Blades was nominated for three Emmys for his roles in the TV movies The Josephine Baker Story, Crazy from the Heart, and The Maldonado Miracle. His work in more than 35 films and documentaries also won Blades a CableACE Award, plus Independent Spirit and ALMA awards. The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors honored him with its Raúl Juliá HOLA Founders Award, and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation honored him with its Arts Award.

In addition to his film work, Blades is a composer and vocalist, and one of the most successful artists in the history of Latin music. His landmark albums in classic Afro-Cuban salsa, as well as Afro-Cuban music touched with rock, jazz, pan-Latin, and other influences from around the world have won 17 Grammys and Latin Grammys, including one in the World Music category. His 2017 album Salsa Big Band was named the Latin Grammy Album of the Year. Blades has collaborated with rock, jazz, pop, hip-hop, reggaeton, and salsa artists, and has composed hundreds of songs and dozens of hits, known for their eloquent, politically aware lyrics, colorful characters, and memorable melodies. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers honored him with its Founders Award, and the Recording Academy with its Heroes Award.

Beyond Blades’ artistic success, he holds degrees in political science and law from the University of Panama, and an LLM from Harvard Law School. The Loeb Music Library at Harvard formed the Rubén Blades Archives in 2009 with the purpose of collecting his work and papers. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from University of California, Berkeley (Chicano studies), Lehman College in the Bronx (humanities), and the Berklee College of Music in Boston (music).

In 2006, the president of Chile awarded Blades the Pablo Neruda Order of Artistic and Cultural Merit, and in 2010 the president of Ecuador honored him with the Orden Nacional al Mérito Cultural.

Blades has always been involved in political activism. In 1994, he formed a political party, Movimiento Papa Egoró (“Mother Earth” in the indigenous Emberá language), and ran for president of the Republic of Panama, coming in third place with 18% of the vote. In 2000, Blades was named UN World Ambassador Against Racism. He epitomizes a Renaissance man.

Special UBER Code For Gala Attendees!

Enter Code CHCI2018 For 10% Of All Rides To/From Gala (Valid From 9/10 – 9/13)

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