|Birth: ||Oct. 3, 1911, Panama|
Panama City, Panama
The great musician and orchestra leader, Armando Boza, was born Armando Arturo Boza Cogley in Panama City, Republic of Panama on October 3, 1911 on Calle Colon where his family lived in the Santana District. His mother was Doña Onorina Cogley of British Westindian origins and Don Pablo Boza, his father, was one of three brothers who arrived as exiles from Cuba.
Boza was an innovator from the beginning and in 1938 formed his own orchestra "La Boza, Jr.," which gave him a chance to try his wings.
During Panama's golden period of popular music there was a healthy competition among leading orchestras from which his band, which was playing in the Cabaret Florida, quite naturally emerged triumphant. From that time on La Perfecta lived up to its, by now, well-known reputation since it was comprised of the most extraordinary Panamanian and Cuban musical talent that the times had to offer.
Between the 1950s and until the first months of the year of his death in 1966, Armando Boza and his "La Perfecta" would pursue a whirlwind of artistic activity.
During his heyday he had a close professional as well as personal relationship with the Great singer and band leader Beny Moré and also with the Great Miguelito Valdés- both Cuban.
Boza recorded a large number of records with national themes that included "Historia de Un Amor" by Carlos Eleta Almaran, and "Soñar" by Arturo Hassan "Chino,"many years and is today based in Panama. There was also the extremely popular number "Chomba, Chombita" and "Me Voy Pa'Panama", originally composed by the great Panamanian pianist Alonso Wilson, who today resides in the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
For an expanded background on this great Panamanian Artist see our article:
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Record added: Aug 19, 2010
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