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Edgar King was born in 1939 to parents who were Barbadian-Panamanian. Growing up in the Canal Zone neighborhood of Paraíso, King was drawn to music early in life, even in church. After training a group of friends to harmonize in 1956, he formed a group called the Skytones, who sang at local functions for several years during the 1960s. As a musician, King asserts that he saw little racism in the rich artistic community of his native Panama, but he is nevertheless sure that it exists. Edgar has been married to his current wife for twelve years, has three children from a previous marriage, and continues to work as a singer. He believes that the most important thing the world’s youth needs in today’s society is a respect for old values: honesty, integrity, and reverence for one’s elders.
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