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Volume 18, Number 2
February 15, 2012

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Also in this section:
Improv 8 back at the Ancon Theater, plus in Coronado, Casco Viejo
The Panama News Acrostic
Alert: April 14 zombie invasion
The Kite Festival on Amador, March 25
Sparky the Wonder Dog
The movie of your nightmares: Titanoboa
Film: The Forgiveness of Blood
Cool Internet sites: Panamanian music videos
Antonio Matragrano's icons
Art in the Park: Penonome March 16-17
March 8 full moon drumming in Clayton
Voces por la Vida: March 10 concert for the Ngabe and Bugle
Yoko Ono: Now and future Japan
Music (etc.) at the Beach: the Taboga Fiesta del Mar, March 17-18
Carlos Williams's version of A Raisin in the Sun
Roberto Domínguez, band leader of the Combos Nacionales era

The Panama News uses its Facebook Page as an extension of this website, and that page has a far more extensive and up-to-date listing of events, particularly bands that will be playing in Panama, than this culture section does.



Roberto Domínguez, band leader of the Combos Nacionales era
his videos, and a note by Eric Jackson

In the middle to late 1960s and into the 70s, there was a musical movement in Panama of people now collectively known as the Combos Nacionales. They were influenced by the Afro-Cuban traditions that later became known as salsa, by Panamanian and Antillean music of their parents' and grandparents' generation, and by the doo-wop, soul and rock music that people heard on the US Armed Forces stations and eventually on Panamanian radio.

So many of the outstanding figures of that scene were Atlantic siders, but not all were. On the fringes of it you had a Panama City kid, the teenage son of a Cuban mother and Panamanian police sergeant, both of them musicians, an Instituto Nacional grad named Ruben Blades who went to New York to find fame and fortune. A little older but also from the Instituto Nacional there was Roberto Domínguez, who was better known as the Roberto in Roberto y su Zafra. The "Zafra" was an ever-changing band whose constant part was Domínguez. "Roberto y su Zafra" was, in a sense, Roberto Domínguez.

He died on February 15, reportedly of a heart attack. He was 62 years old. Many Panamanians of his generation, and younger ones who were exposed to their heritage by their elders, will remember and mourn.

















Also in this section:
Improv 8 back at the Ancon Theater, plus in Coronado, Casco Viejo
The Panama News Acrostic
Alert: April 14 zombie invasion
The Kite Festival on Amador, March 25
Sparky the Wonder Dog
The movie of your nightmares: Titanoboa
Film: The Forgiveness of Blood
Cool Internet sites: Panamanian music videos
Antonio Matragrano's icons
Art in the Park: Penonome March 16-17
March 8 full moon drumming in Clayton
Voces por la Vida: March 10 concert for the Ngabe and Bugle
Yoko Ono: Now and future Japan
Music (etc.) at the Beach: the Taboga Fiesta del Mar, March 17-18
Carlos Williams's version of A Raisin in the Sun
Roberto Domínguez, band leader of the Combos Nacionales era


The Panama News uses its Facebook Page as an extension of this website, and that page has a far more extensive and up-to-date listing of events, particularly bands that will be playing in Panama, than this culture section does.

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