Willie Panamá ( born William L. Duguid ) is a Panamanian international artist , singer , composer, musician and movie actor , he's an all-around artist in the genre of salsa , calypso , reggae , kompa and latin jazz
Willie started drumming at the age of 9 and his favorite instrument is the TIMBALES ! In 1995, he started his professional solo career as a singer and percussionist and has worked with the best in the music industry. He has recorded in 16 music productions in different styles of music.
Invited numerous times by Panamanian Jazz Pianist Danilo Perez to teach master classes for the Panama' Jazz Festival Performed as a background vocalist for the 25th New York Salsa Festival in the Madison Square Garden , the Midsummer Night Swing Concerts at the famous Lincoln Center and the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival Mint Party in France and the list goes on !
Toured all over Europe , Canada , Mexico the Caribbean and South America
He's a SAG and ASCAP member
Has been an exclusive artist for renowned companies such as Sabian , Gon Bops and Tycoon. He shared the big screen with actors such as Denzel Washington in Malcom X , Jamie Foxx in Any Given Sunday , Engaging , Chat , and El Padre Alberto. He formed part of the Tributo a la Salsa Colombiana that won a Golden record in Mexico for a song he co-wrote for the album.
Has shared the stage with legends such as Celia Cruz , Oscar D Leon , El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Gilberto Santa Rosa , Don Omar , Tito Nieves , Tony Vega , Orquesta La Luz of Japan , Sergio George , Alberto Barros , DLG , Maelo Ruiz , Andy Montañez , Diego Gale', Alfredo de La Fe' , Adalberto Santiago, Los Van Van de Cuba and the list goes on!
He's acquainted with jazz and country legends such as Herbie Hancock , Billy Ray Cyrus , Danilo Perez , John Patitucci , Billy Gibbons , Jose Feliciano , Tom Patitucci , Jon Secada , Susana Baca , Brian Blade , Luis Marin and from Cuba Omara Portuondo , Chucho Valdes and the list goes on !
Willie Panama' has been recognized by the United States Congress receiving a Congressional Recognition, also by the Mayor of the City of New York , the Senator of the State of Florida , the Governor of the State of Florida , Mayors in Cities of Miami Florida and the Mayor , Governor , Consuls , Ambassadors of the Republic of Panama' , the City of Calgary Canada , California State Legislature , New Jersey State Legislature and the Department of World Languages and Cultures of Howard University in Washington DC.
Has worked and performed for music producer Emilio Estefan Jr. and he's currently performing his Keep it Moving Tour.
For more information visit www.williepanama.com