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La Plaza; En Clave with Ruben Blades


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La Plaza
En Clave with Ruben Blades
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Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

First broadcast in 1993. Ruben Blades hosts this showcase of Latin music's best and brightest performers.

Actor and singer Ruben Blades hosts this La Plaza one-hour special celebration of Latin music, featuring the late Latin jazz legend Mario Bauza, Brazilian singer Milton Nascimento, Cuban rumba group Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, and Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez. En Clave weaves performances taped in the studio and on location with archival footage and interviews with the artists. In segments shot on location in his native Panama, Blades provides musical and historical context to these various styles of Latin music.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; En Clave with Ruben Blades,” 08/27/1993, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 28, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2786618361974C50BFDE24B094883650.
MLA: “La Plaza; En Clave with Ruben Blades.” 08/27/1993. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 28, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2786618361974C50BFDE24B094883650>.
APA: La Plaza; En Clave with Ruben Blades. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2786618361974C50BFDE24B094883650
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