Listen to Voices : Alejandro Duncan Moore
Alejandro Duncan Moore was born in Colón. Growing up, his father was a musician who played a variety of music styles, including calypso, and it was he who inspired Alejandro to become a musician as well. Alejandro attended a school set up through the Salvation Army, and eventually became a music professor. He is bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish, and is married to a West Indian woman who has given him two children. Beyond his family, Alejandro continues to touch the lives of those around him through both his teachings and his music, and his legacy continues through his daughter, who is a saxophone player.
Aisha Beech Verley serves as the liason between the VFOA team members and the Panamanians of West Indian descent interview respondents, and their families. She also works in the water testing and treatment department of the Panama Canal Authority. In addition to her liaison position, she also conducts interviews and coordinates community events in Colón.
Island in the Sun
“This is my island in the sun
Where my people toiled since time begun
Having seen so many seas
This is the only [inaudible]
Oh island in the sun, dealt to me by my father’s hands
All the day I will sing and praise
Of the crystal waters and shining sun”