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Eric Turner

 

Eric Turner and I wound up in front of the Gatun Locks hoping to find work.  Image.

Eric Turner and I wound up in front of the Gatun Locks hoping to find work. Image.

I came home from school early one afternoon, after the profesors told us we could leave early because the teachers had a conference meeting in the evening. As I walked to my home apartment, Eric Turner shot out from the living room and hugged me and I was equally surprised to have him there. Eric was Jack Toppin’s nephew. Jack was a local politician in Panama City at the time and he ran for Corregidor and won some years later. Continue reading

We Won’t Let Them Die!

“Lord” Byron Downing as he appeared in an interview from 2008.

We usually equate the Ukulele with the famous Hawaiian singers.

With the news of the death of one of the few remaining Panamanian Calypsonians, “Lord” Byron Downing, we can’t help but feel even more motivated and convinced that they are gone but not forgotten. We are also convinced of the great importance of preserving our wonderful Westindian heritage here in Panama and for the entire world to recognize and cherish. Continue reading