Initially associated with the reggaeton genre upon gaining popularity in the early 2000s, Puerto Rican band Calle 13’s unique instrumentation and incorporation of social commentary put them into a class all their own. Comprised of stepbrothers "Residente" and "Visitante" and their half-sister ("PG-13" or "ILE"), all of whom subsequently went solo, the group holds the record for the most Latin Grammys wins.
Panama, Puerto Rico
Meet Rubén Blades, a Salsa superstar. He helped mix Cuban and Caribbean rhythms with Jazz in New York City. Rubén Blades (or, Rubencito here among friends) composed some salsa classics while also excelling as a singer. But that’s not all. Moviegoers may recognize him as one of the victims in Predator 2. He also has a law degree and ran for president of Panama. When this video with Calle 13 was filmed, he was Panama’s Tourism Minister.