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Panama singer changes dubious nickname for U.S.

Bands & Music By Ayala Ben-Yehuda LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - The newest face of Latin rhythmic music comes with several twists: He hails from Panama, not Puerto Rico; he calls his style romantic reggae, not reggaeton; and in Mexico, where his success has given him entry to the U.S. market, he calls himself Nigga. Felix Danilo Gomez, 27, who says his nickname came from a Panamanian singer's observation that "I sang like a black guy from Jamaica," has had the No. 1 song on Mexican radio for the past 10 weeks with "Te Quiero," according to Nielsen Music Control. His self-titled album, released by EMI Televisa, climbed to No. 1 on the Mexican sales charts last month, with sales of more than 50,000 copies, according to trade group Amprofon. (more)
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HOW MANY TIMES . . . By Patra Kastanopolous

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By PATRA KASTANOPOLOUS for Panama-Guide.com - How many times can you hear Rod Richards and John Brock perform their original song, HOW MANY TIMES, before the lyrics and melody take up permanent residence in your gray matter? One time, my friends, one time. After the last successful gig of BITCHES GHOST on November 24th, an audience member came rushing out the door babbling, “Where can I buy the CD with that song on it?” His eyes were glazed like an addict in need of a perpetual fix.

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Jammers In Da' House

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By Len Mewhinney Panama-Guide.com - This group play excellent reggae like Tom Marley Wednesdays at the Sahara Club just off Calle Uruguay across from Gaucho's Steak House. The lead singer is Ed King, and they really get the audience involved. They set up around midnight and start their first session around 12:30. The Panama beer is inexpensive - $2.00 a bottle, and the Sahara is very modern and clean. The audience is mixed with Panamanians, gringos and very good looking Colombianas. Now some of the gals from Colombia are looking for sponsors to continue their education in medical school or other professions. Everybody has a great time.....it really is worth a couple of visits - or more.

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Cutito Larrinaga to Perform a Benefit Concert for a new Library in San Carlos

Bands & Music November 20, 2007 San Carlos, Republica de Panama - Finca La Maya, a Cultural Arts & Events Center near San Carlos, Panama, is hosting an evening of romantic music and dinner to benefit a new community library. The concert and dinner party will be on December 15, 2007 at 4 pm. The festivities and concert will feature celebrated Panamanian guitarist, Cutito Larrinaga. Larrinaga is a legend in Panama, performing throughout his long career with many of Latin America's most famous musicians, amongst others. Participants will enjoy a romantic evening with Cutito Larrinaga, and an excellent buffet prepared by Glenn Gamboa, the extraordinary chef from "Three Sisters" gourmet international cooking school in El Valle de Anton. Local artists, as well as works created by children in La Maya's art classes, will be exhibited for sale, and a raffle for prizes will also be held. (more)
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Maná Postpones Panama Concert

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The Mexican rock band Maná was forced to reprogram their show, which was supposed to be held last night (Thursday, 22 November 2007) to today, Friday night, 23 November. The band's equipment was held up at the Panama - Costa Rica border due to an ongoing transportation strike on the Costa Rica side. More than 8,000 tickets have been sold, and the band will play tonight at the Figali Convention Center.

Copyright 2007 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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Cage9 Returns to Panama

Bands & Music Hi Don, We met you at Cage9's last show in Panama in 2004 at Zoomba. Hopefully you received my last press release (if not, it's below). Cage9 will be returning to Panama again. Here's details for our upcoming show, if there's anything you can do to get the word out to your readers, that would be much appreciated.

Cage9 in Panama...

  • Venue: Buzz
  • Date: Wednesday, Dec. 5th
  • Doors: 8 p.m.
  • Tix at the door: $15
  • Pre-sale tickets: $10 - available at all CD Place and Audiofoto stores
  • Cage9 will be signing autographs on Tuesday, Dec. 4th (time is still TBA) at Deka Music Group (located at Camino Real de Bethania, Edificio 9121).

Thanks, Eva Anderson, Cage9 Manager

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Bitches Ghost at the El Panama Social Club

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By Bob Askew for Panama-Guide.com - Saturday night 24 November there's a Bitches Ghost concert at the El Panama Social Club (El Panama Hotel) beginning at 8:30 p.m. Tickets $10 at the door. Those of you that have been to a previous concert know that the music is great American blues and some good ole rock 'n' roll. The band is led (lead guitar, vocalist and musical director) by Rod Richards ... formerly of the 70's band Rare Earth and had hits which topped the charts such as Get Ready, I Just Want to Celebrate, Losin' You and more. Phenomenal guitarist. Plenty of easy valet parking at the El Panama Hotel entrance ... see you there! Bob

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2008 Panama Jazz Festival

Bands & Music Jazz Police - Founded by Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez, the Panama Jazz Festival, which celebrates its 5th birthday January 21 - 26, 2008 was created in order to exchange cultural experiences between the best musicians in the world and the Panamanian people. Perez’s vision has guided the growth of the festival, which while continuing to bring top tier international artists to perform in ticketed and free events, now has as its inextricable center the need to address music education. According to Pérez, “Each year we have been expanding the educational aspect of the Festival, bringing in more notable musicians as master teachers, additional major educational institutions, growing the audition process, reaching out to the most needy communities in Panama and increasing the amount and kind of scholarships, and the cultural opportunities we are able to make available to the young people of Panama. (more)
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GET READY . . . By Wary Bradshaw

Bands & Music No one had to tell Panama’s new rock and blues group, Bitches Ghost, to “Get Ready” on Halloween night. Boy, were they good to go! The album by that name went double, double, platinum for the group Rare Earth and Rod Richards in the 70’s. The song itself never ceases to bring me to my knees, nostalgia at its finest. This classic rendition was included in Ghost’s third successful performance last night at El Hotel Panama. Those of you who weren’t there can only read this and weep. The addition of sound engineer, Gabriel Fonseca made a significant difference in the enjoyment quotient for those loyal fans who were experiencing, cheering, and applauding the event. The savvy group chose this occasion to debut their brand new signature song, Bitches Ghost, written by Rod and John. The lyrics are poignant and unforgettable . . .
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The Ghost and The City

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By Wary Bradshaw for Panama-Guide.com - Do you have a wish list you lust after that’s not available in Panama City? Mine is now amazingly short, and save for one solitary, unrelated item (recently whited out) is comprised mostly of food products such as Haas avocados, Jane’s Crazy Mixed-up Pepper, and instant polenta. I can actually survive without those luxuries. What I can’t live without is live music. I’ve embraced most things Panamanian, but try as I may I have not been able to establish an emotional connection to Latin beats. Well, that and Rap. Don’t yell at me. Music is highly personal, akin to sex. Frequently the payoffs are somewhat similar and the two are frequently compatible, but music by itself won’t make you diseased or pregnant. (For that I thank God.) (more)

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