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Victor Cobham was born in Colón. His grandparents were, on his father’s side, from Barbados and St. Lucia; on his mother’s side, they were from Martinica. Both of his grandfathers came to Panama to work on the Canal. As a child he was punished at school for speaking English, and was forced to speak only Spanish. He also learned to play the piano as a young boy. Victor loves music, especially instrumental music. He sees himself as a true Panamanian, but thinks that this identity is disappearing in younger generations due to the impact of globalization. Victor, however, believes that it is important to maintain the Panamanian traditions. Today he is divorced and has five children and five grandchildren.