Wesley Michael Duncan/A Jamalar Tribute(1951-2012)
Michael was born just outside of the Mississippi Pike County line in rural McComb.
He was the third of five children of Lois and Calvin Duncan.
“Head”, as he was affectionately called, was born with the gift of gab. It’s been said that Michael emerged from the womb talking, not crying. His gift to communicate enabled him to help Alfred Caston, Jessie Veal and Albert Mickel startup the New Orleans based Jamalar Agency in the early eighties. Alfred had the vision, but Michael was there to help bring that vision to fruition. The early company would be run from his apartment kitchen table in Jackson, Mississippi.
It was Michael’s job to help organized the early workshops in southern cities and direct new emerging artists to the newly formed Jamalar Agency. In the beginning, he was able to corral more artists than the small Jamalar Agency could service.
Michael Duncan resigned his duties with Jamalar around 1987 when he took his talents to United Parcel service. Because his association with Jamalar was more than business, he remained connected in an advisory role until his passing.
On the 10th of August 2012 , Wesley Michael Duncan died of heart failure in the same place of his birth, on the Pike County Line. With a presence like his, It’s hard not to be missed.