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Bands and Music in the Republic of Panama

Panama vibrates to the sound of the music made by her people, and the assortment of sounds you will hear are as varied as the demographics. While most people listen to salsa or tipico but prefer to dance to merengue, young kids blast reggaeton from the windows of their tricked-out cars, thousands of couples ring in the New Year with live music from Samy & Sandra Sandoval and the "Accordion King" Osvaldo Ayala. Panama's jazz scene is strong and growing thanks to the efforts of the Danilo Perez Foundation. Occasionally big name bands stop by (usually for the money), and Panama has been played by Sting, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shakira, and Ricky Martin. The homegrown (excellent) rock band Cage9 comes back every once in awhile, and emerging rock bands experiment at La Casona in Casco Viejo. In this area of the Panama-Guide.com website you will find all things related to music in the Republic of Panama. If you require additional information about this or any other category of information regarding the Republic of Panama please take advantage of our powerful in-house search engine. And if you still can't find what you're looking for try sending in a request for information. If you like what you see please consider recommending Panama-Guide.com to your friends. Our dedicated readers make us the #1 English Language Website about the Republic of Panama. Salud.
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Digital Bass - Whoop

Bands & MusicBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - For a geezer like me, it's a good day when you can learn something from your kids. My son Kent is the DJ in Digital Bass, together with his friend Mauricio who is the producer. They are now playing in clubs in Panama City (White Lion) and are making their own music. This song is called "Whoop" and it's one of their first releases.

An earlier release was named "Clueless" and I have to admit that I'm relatively clueless myself when it comes to modern electronic music. He's trying to educate me, and I sit there patiently when he talks about "techno" or "house" or "dubstep". His favorite artist is Deadmau5 (Dead Mouse). So, I'm learning something. The music is new and different and it's not bad. I'm thinking about doing a video project with this song as the soundtrack. When I listen to it my brain sees traffic, construction, and the hustle and bustle of downtown Panama City. Give it a listen...

Copyright 2013 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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"Clueless" by Digital Bass and Termino

Bands & Music By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - My son (DJ) and his friend (producer) - together "Digital Bass" - collaborated with a friend in Norway - "Termino" - to produce this track. Please give it a listen, like, share. Trying to get them some exposure. Thanks for taking the time.

Copyright 2013 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Don't forget to follow Panama Guide on Twitter. Salud.

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If Don Omar Doesn't Apologize, He Will Be Sued

Bands & MusicThe dismissal of a lawsuit against the singer William Landrón Guevara, better known as Don Omar, depends on whether or not he offers a apology to the Panamanians and the ShowPro event promoter.

This was announced yesterday by Alfredo Arias, ShowPro executive manager, who said he will not hire the Puerto Rican in the future for a presentation on Panamanian soil.

According to Arias, the Puerto Rican singer's future concerts in Isthmian soil will have to be done by his competition.

Arias, who yesterday reiterated that the $130,000 was deposited into the account of Don Omar, presented documents confirming the economic transaction that took place days before the Carnival. "The money was in fact in the account of Don Omar," Arias said.

The documents presented yesterday by the businessman indicates that the money first went into the account of the promoter Relentless Agency, represented by Juan Toro, and the money was then transferred to the account of the performer.

On Thursday, February 14, according to what is contained in the documents, Don Omar returned the money to the account of the developer Relentless Agency.

Yesterday, Arias said this evidence had not been presented before because until Thursday, Juan Toro sent him written information that underpins the monetary deposit.

According to the manager of ShowPro, the $38,000 the company disbursed for airfare must be returned by the winner of several Grammy awards.

On Wednesday, Don Omar said in an interview on the TVN News morning edition, that he had not seen any money nor a contract to be in Panama on Tuesday 12 February at the end of Carnival City.

As a replacement, Wisin y Yandel gave a concert for an hour and a half at the end of the Carnival celebrations.

Solomon Shamah, administrator of the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP), said the entity will pay $250 000 and ShowPro will have to assume the cost difference.

A Report Will Be Issued - Three days after the end of Carnival in the City "Discovery 2013", the Comptroller General of the Republic asked the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) for a report of expenses during the holidays enjoying a budget of $2.95 million.

This request, according to the administrator of the ATP, arrived yesterday at the offices of the entity, and it is expected next week, upon completion tabulation of all invoices, that they will submit the report to the Comptroller.

According to Shamah, for the realization of the Carnival, a total of 492 companies were contracted which generated 3,368 jobs.

Of the total number of people employed, 146 were national artists, who were paid $630,000. (Siglo)

Editor's Comment: If he doesn't apologize, you're going to sue? For what, an apology? Grandstanding. He returned the money. ShowPro won't represent him in the future. It's over. Chill.

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Ricardo "Peluca" Isaza (1971 - 2013) Rest in Peace, My Friend...

Bands & MusicThe Panamanian rocker Ricardo "Peluca" Isaza, who was known for playing drums, died this morning, Wednesday, January 16, after an intense battle with leukemia.

The love that people felt for the drummer spurred the creation of a nationwide union called "Fuerza Peluca" to carry out activities in order to help.

National Artists also performed perform concerts to help "Peluca" who they called "a friend to all."

Regularly, through social networks and national news programs, there were calls for the donations of blood platelets type AB positive.

Just yesterday, the twitter accounts of national broadcasters, as well as programs with large audiences urgently called for the donation of platelets in the National Cancer Hospital.

Spencer Regueira, another Panamanian rocker, also said on his Twitter account: "See you soon brother, the Great Peluca Isaza

Like Regueira, the national rock page, panamarock.com is in mourning. Its homepage reads, "1971 - 2013" Dear friend, you will live forever in the hearts of us all, rest in peace." (Estrella)

Editor's Comment: Peluca was a friend of mine. He was, in fact, a friend to practically everyone who knew him. He was a very good rock drummer. I spent many nights watching him play mostly with the band "Juan Sin Tierra y Las Malas Influencias" - together with Juan Carlos Núñez (Juan Xin Tierra) and Pitongo - at the "Old Pavo Real" (now bulldozed) in the banking district. This live band playing covers of classic rock and roll drew a regular crowd of other well known musicians and artists, both new and old, every weekend. I would hang with the band members before their set, DJ in the gaps when they were not playing, and feed them tequila (because they played better with a mild buzz). Peluca was just a great guy, nice, friendly, and well known as a solid musician who played live music in Panama for years. Don't let the long hair and hard core rock and roll imagery fool you. Under the facade Peluca was a sweetheart - a kind and gentle soul. RIP my friend...

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Panama Men's Chorus Seeking New Talent

Bands & MusicThe newly formed Panama Mens Chorus is seeking additional members. Interested men should have had some previously singing experience, preferably in a chorus. The chorus meets each Monday evening at the home of its founder, David Lortie. Practices are from 7 to 9 pm. David is now located in El Dorado/Dos Mares His phone number is 6 684 0776. You can also get information at PanamaMensChorus@yahoogroups.com. Just google Yahoo Groups and type in Panama Mens Chorus. I hope you will join us. David Lortie.
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Dude ... That's Like ... Not Fair ...

Bands & MusicBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I got seriously distracted at work today...

So there I was, happily working away on a Monday afternoon. I like to listen to music while I'm working, and recently I've been building a playlist of YouTube videos. That way I can just hit "play all" and off we go.

So I ran into this video of Santana's "Black Magic Woman" with a woman belly dancing to the music. I challenge any red blooded heterosexual man (or lesbian) to keep working while this video is playing. Talk about distraction ... wow.

Copyright 2013 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Don't forget to follow Panama Guide on Twitter. Salud.

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With A Name Like "Pussy Riot" - What's Not To Like?

Bands & Music By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - (Warning - This Has Nothing To Do With Panama). The members of an all girl feminist Russian band named "Pussy Riot" were recently sentenced to two years in prison, for criticizing Russia's president Vladimir Putin. Actually they were sentenced for "for the crime of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred", but in reality this is just another case of a political leader trying to shut down opposition. The band just released this new video (below) to be played during the MTV Video Music Awards, in which they set a photo of Putin on fire. The cold war is over, Russia is now supposed to be a democracy. And one of the pillars of democracy is free speech. You should not be thrown in prison for saying something or singing a song, just because it pisses off a powerful politician. So, rock on, Pussy Riot. Не позволяйте ублюдкам вам вниз.

First, this is the video and song that got them sentenced to two years in prison;



  • St. Maria, Virgin, Drive away Putin
  • Drive away! Drive away Putin!
  • (end chorus)

  • Black robe, golden epaulettes
  • All parishioners are crawling and bowing
  • The ghost of freedom is in heaven
  • Gay pride sent to Siberia in chains

  • The head of the KGB is their chief saint
  • Leads protesters to prison under escort
  • In order not to offend the Holy
  • Women have to give birth and to love

  • Holy shit, shit, Lord's shit!
  • Holy shit, shit, Lord's shit!

  • (Chorus)
  • St. Maria, Virgin, become a feminist
  • Become a feminist, Become a feminist
  • (end chorus)

  • Church praises the rotten dictators
  • The cross-bearer procession of black limousines
  • In school you are going to meet with a teacher-preacher
  • Go to class - bring him money!

  • Patriarch Gundyaev believes in Putin
  • Bitch, you better believed in God
  • Belt of the Virgin is no substitute for mass-meetings
  • In protest of our Ever-Virgin Mary!

  • (Chorus)
  • St. Maria, Virgin, Drive away Putin
  • Drive away! Drive away Putin!
  • (end chorus)

And this is the video they just put up for the MTV Music Video Awards...



So anyway, I know this has nothing to do with Panama. I just wanted to do my two bits for the cause. So way to go, Putin. By trying to shut these kids up, you got them on Panama-Guide. I don't think your repression tactics are working, do you? This kind of crap always backfires...

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Evanescence Concert in Panama 1 November 2012

Bands & MusicBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The Grammy winning American rock band Evanescence will be playing at the Figali Convention Center on 1 November 2012. Show Pro Panama has announced tickets are on sale now at all Metro pharmacies.



Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Juan Alvaro Arciria of "Filtro Medusa" Killed His Girlfriend in Vienna, Austria

Bands & Music By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Juan Alvaro Arciria, who played guitar and sang for the rock band "Filtro Medusa" in Panama City, stabbed his 28 year old girlfriend to death in Vienna, Austria on Saturday night, 7 July 2012. Arciria - who 43 years old and a Colombian citizen - was one of the founding members of the band although he has not played with them for several years. He moved to Vienna, Austria with his girlfriend about two years ago.

Juan Alvaro's friends and former band members in Panama were shocked by the news of these tragic events, the details confirmed by a German language article appearing in the Der Standard newspaper in Austria. I heard about what had happened through mutual friends, and then confirmed the details in the local reporting in Vienna. A very similar article - practically identical - also appeared in the Die Presse newspaper.

According to the article, the 43 year old (Arciria) fatally stabbed his 28 year old girlfriend, and then he threw himself and the murder weapon out of the window. Their four year old daughter was in the apartment when these terrible events occurred, and she was taken by neighbors to safety.

Loud cries from the apartment alerted neighbors to the events, and they called the police. When the authorities arrived they could hear the young girl inside of the apartment but she could not open the door, so they broke it down. Upon entering the apartment they found the 28 year old young woman motionless on the floor with multiple stab wounds. She died at 2:30 am in the hospital as a result of her wounds.

Immediately after the incident, the alleged perpetrator (Arciria) attempted suicide by throwing himself out of their third floor bedroom window. He was admitted to the hospital with traumatic brain injury and broken legs, and he remains in a coma. The suspected murder weapon, a knife, was found on the ground near him.

The little girl was taken for emergency first aid care. She was uninjured, and is now in the care of her grandmother. The police don't have any idea as to the motive for this murder. The neighbors could not say anything about previous vocal disputes because the couple had just recently moved into that apartment.

Editor's Comment: I knew Juan Alvaro Arciria personally and consider him to be a friend. He always seemed to be a very nice guy, and I never saw him do anything violent. I have no idea why he did this. It's a damn shame. Juan Alvaro was "relatively famous" in Panama because of his participation with the rock band Filtro Medusa - and there's going to be a lot of people in Panama who will recognize Juan Alvaro's face even though they might not know his name. Back in the 2004 to 2006 time frame they were playing lots of events. Photo credit to dealante.com - they have all of the old photos of Juan Alvaro when he was still playing with the band.





Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Live Music This Weekend At The Balboa Yacht Club

Bands & MusicBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received this morning via email: "Don: We have a lot of music happening this weekend starting Thursday night and I would appreciate anything you can do to assist in getting the word out. Attempting to help Hans promoter of the Boquete Blues Festival provide some additional venues for international acts passing through the city, Slide steel aficionado Ron Hacker will play Thursday night (tonight) at 8 PM. Chicago bluesman Bob Stroger with Swiss blues guitarist Andy Egert will play Sunday night at 8 PM. "La Mamy del rock nacional" DINY will be playing Saturday night at 9 PM ... she is making a guest appearance after being out of the country for 11 years. You probably remember her from back in the day at the El Pavo Real. We have a good local rock n'roll band playing Friday night "Los Fulanos." Thanks in advance for anything you can get out there. Chip"

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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