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Claude Gonzales's Discussions

JJJ: You have a good authentic story to tell about PAN and it should be told!!!

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JJJ: I have been reading the bits and pieces of YOUR PAN HISTORY that you have been dropping on the forum and I think that if you get together with a GOOD WRITER you could have a BEST SELLING book on…Continue

INTERNATIONAL STEELBAND FOUNDATION (BIG 5) Concert is ONE MONTH AWAY

Started this discussion. Last reply by merrytonestothebone 23 seconds ago. 14 Replies

Tickets went on sale at all National Lotteries Outlets earlier this week. Ticket prices are $200.00 each if you purchase before July 14th.Tickets bought after that date would be $300.00 each. I am…Continue

Calling on Aquil Arrindell and Gregory Lindsay to stop FIGHTING DOWN the AFRO-CENTRIC TING: PAN!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude Gonzales yesterday. 2 Replies

I am calling on (and urging) AQUIL ARRINDELL and GREGORY LINDSAY to STOP FIGHTING DOWN PAN TRINBAGO and stop putting spokes in the wheels of KEITH DIAZ and MR. SCOBIE!!!PAN is an AFRO-CENTRIC TING…Continue

PAN TRINBAGO GOES POLITICAL. With all that rain BRET bring, it look like water more than flour

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cecil hinkson 2 hours ago. 17 Replies

"Mayday, Mayday, Mayday! SOS, SOS, SOS to our leaders. Where are they? The afro-centric communities are leaderless and without voice."PNM pointing finger at PNM -- AH WANT TO BAWL!!! Ting must be…Continue

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merrytonestothebone replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion INTERNATIONAL STEELBAND FOUNDATION (BIG 5) Concert is ONE MONTH AWAY
"Claude...yuh like to complain when I respond bluntly to any posts...but yuh keep on temping me so to do....why yuh bad so much?..."
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion INTERNATIONAL STEELBAND FOUNDATION (BIG 5) Concert is ONE MONTH AWAY
"JJJ: Yuh leave out the UPPM from your list!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion INTERNATIONAL STEELBAND FOUNDATION (BIG 5) Concert is ONE MONTH AWAY
"Well, I am seeing the show as a SUCCESS with enough incentive to have one or two CONCERTS every year heading into the future. The TOP FIVE BANDS putting on a SHOW in the middle of summer in the MECCA, trying to expand the performance playing field.…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion A little PAN (among other things) on CNN this coming Sunday (June 23rd) at 9:00 East Coast Time
"So the show was RESCHEDULED for this coming Sunday. And the TV GUIDE is still showing the previously scheduled RE-RUN as coming on tonight Friday) at 11:00 p.m. PACIFIC TIME and 2:00 a.m. EAST COAST TIME!!!"
1 hour ago
Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion INTERNATIONAL STEELBAND FOUNDATION (BIG 5) Concert is ONE MONTH AWAY
"A decision like this could be the difference between success and failure, then yuh complain that pan people only like free ting."
1 hour ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion INTERNATIONAL STEELBAND FOUNDATION (BIG 5) Concert is ONE MONTH AWAY
"odw: There are over 25,000 people reading the WST forum. If a few people like Ian Franklin decide to sponsor a friend or family member -- they stepup and do it!!! One way or another that show is going to go on and in the end we will have a better…"
1 hour ago
odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion INTERNATIONAL STEELBAND FOUNDATION (BIG 5) Concert is ONE MONTH AWAY
"Time changes and so do people. Its good to have a historical perspective on the dealings in the steelband movement, no need to being defensive, we are who we are based on our life experiences. Optimism helps because when we know better, we expect…"
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Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion INTERNATIONAL STEELBAND FOUNDATION (BIG 5) Concert is ONE MONTH AWAY
"Oh CH, you're beginning to see the LIGHT hum, that's their main agenda, the real purpose of embezzlement, you're lucky you caught it now rather than later when it's to late, I detected it when they first mentioned it, I can hear…"
2 hours ago
Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion PAN TRINBAGO GOES POLITICAL. With all that rain BRET bring, it look like water more than flour
"There is a power vacume in the Mecca.  "
2 hours ago
Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion INTERNATIONAL STEELBAND FOUNDATION (BIG 5) Concert is ONE MONTH AWAY
"I think that 14th-15th $100 price hike was a bad idea."
2 hours ago
Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion INTERNATIONAL STEELBAND FOUNDATION (BIG 5) Concert is ONE MONTH AWAY
"wrong word odw, foresight is more appropriate, you see, I've had a cheerful view of life so far, and I have been down that road from since 1951 with Galloup and the T.A.S.P.O via George Goddard and the Steel Band Association, the CDC with…"
2 hours ago
odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion INTERNATIONAL STEELBAND FOUNDATION (BIG 5) Concert is ONE MONTH AWAY
"JJJ! You can't be pessimistic, how about waiting to see if they use income generated by the sales from the show and donate some of the money to help the small bands, audio/video equipment for pan in schools. That will show they are leading by…"
4 hours ago
Ian Franklin replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion INTERNATIONAL STEELBAND FOUNDATION (BIG 5) Concert is ONE MONTH AWAY
"Nice move Claude Gonzales, I will sponsor my brother. I hope that there is a maximum of representatives for each of the fab 5 and they are also pushing tickets. The entity that sells the most tickets should be noted."
12 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to earl richards's discussion All Stars, Exodus, Renegades have won Panorama playing this Great calypsonian melodies. when will we Pay him his Dues ?
"NO ORIGINALITY!!!"
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Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion INTERNATIONAL STEELBAND FOUNDATION (BIG 5) Concert is ONE MONTH AWAY
"Another "rip off/scam of pan men blood and sweat hum amigo" ? cry's and tears will follow later..."
14 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion INTERNATIONAL STEELBAND FOUNDATION (BIG 5) Concert is ONE MONTH AWAY
"Time: July 22, 2017 from 7pm to 11pm Location: The Queen’s Park Savannah Street: Queen’s Park Savannah City/Town: Port-of- Spain, Trinidad Event Type: concert Organized By: International Steelband Foundation"
15 hours ago

Claude Gonzales's Blog

LEROI BOLDON

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 9:40am 1 Comment

I would like to encourage WHEN STEEL TALKS to conduct an interview with LEROI BOLDON, who was a hands-on witness to the early development of the steelband movement. Here is a man who has spent his entire life living, loving and supporting, not just the pan, but the culture of Trinidad and Tobago from the streets of Port-of-Spain to the shores of California.

His is an informative and historical story of one man's unheralded contribution to the artform, that should be shared with the…

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At 11:58pm on May 29, 2017, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

Mi Amigo, how yo like the Preface and Authors Annotation ???

At 12:28pm on May 29, 2017, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

Mi Amigo, here is what I promised U, Iwanted to send 24 pages but my co author advised against it, THE ORACLE
Subtitled

St James
The ORIGIN
birth place of the STEEL PAN

Copyright © 2017 by Juanitto Jordano Jorda’ninho

Library of Congress

ISBN

Author: Juanitto Jordano Jorda’ninho (a.k.a.) Leslie Michael Jordán.

Editor: Colin Harris and Juanitto Jordano Jorda’ninho

Publisher: n / a

Preface

This book is about the steel pan musical instrument, which is made from a 55 gallon oil drum steel container, the only musical instrument created in the 20th Century, the true History of it, and the men who pioneered contributing their hard work, men like Carlton (sonny /sire) Roach, leader player tuner inventor, Anthony (muff man/skip) Williams Leader tuner inventor innovator arranger player, and visionary Percy (lizard) Thomas, tuner player innovator, Neville Jules leader tuner player innovator arranger.

The information that is in this book is about to disclose is whom, did what, when, where, how and why, time, dates, photos, technological schematic’s, etc.

Author’s Annotation

Invention by way of discovery, the only musical instruments to be invented in the “Twentieth Century” 20th in Trinidad and Tobago the year 1936, “Pan” as it is called in Trinidad and Tobago today, has, and is still suffering from what is called a” his story “epidemic, where fabricated stories, lies and chaos are rampant, as the actual inventors and innovators are not credited for their work, men like Carlton “sonny” Roach, Anthony “muffman”Williams,
Percy “lizard” Thomas, and Neville Jules, and others like Lennox Pierre and Andrew “Carlyle Kerr organizers of the 1951 T.A.S.P.O. and Lt Joseph Nathaniel Griffith arranger for the T.A.S.P.O., until these men are credited for their work, the “Art form” will remain in limbo.

Another example is the actual violence associated with the “Steel Pan” is so greatly exaggerated, that it’s pathetic, and ignorant to even mention its association with the instrument, as the actual violence itself was not cause by the individual players themselves, but instead by supporters, I know this for a fact because I was in the middle of the biggest Carnival riots in “Trinidad”& Tobago,
on Charlotte Street, Carnival Tuesday 1956 with Cairo Steel band, I was nine (9) years old at the time, approaching ten (10), other players and myself were hiding between 55 gallon bass drums, while others were running and ducking into other people gate way and yards to get away from the bottle throwing, I saw those who were rioting with knives, cutlasses / machetes, stones / rocks etc, you name it they had it. Most of the violence was because one band was either playing better than the other, or some was whining / dancing up on someone else’s woman/girlfriend, my “Gist” is a question, how could a player be playing pan and fighting at the same time?
Only when you mess with a player while he’s playing his “pan” This stigma needs to be put to rest.
Because what we have before us a indigenous body of instruments that have broadened the musical family of the world, which fortunately happens to be a trillion dollar industry begging to be embraced, as the music business in it self is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway lined with thieves and pimps like Animn Smith, Brian Copeland et al, meaning the Late former P.M. Patrick Manning, Junio Regrello, Clement Imbert, via there “Alleged Genesis G-pan etc etc etc, and Keith DIAZ, as great talented men die like dogs, this book was written to clarify and abrogate these chaotic epidemics, while attempting to curtail the ambiance of thieves and pimps, within it’s sphere.

Most stories to date; in “Trinidad and Tobago”, and in various parts of this humble planet earth has it that, the steel band musical instrument, or “Pan” as it is called today, the only musical ins

At 8:15am on March 2, 2017, Charles Gordon said…

Permit me to add this, although it might not be another 2017 record. Cannot remember when last it happened though:

Lady Adanna sang in position 1 in the National Calypso Monarch Competition.....she ended up in the last position when the results were released.

Chalkdust sang in position 17 (last). He ended up being first when the results were released.

Just a co-incident, I suppose!

At 7:29am on February 2, 2017, Colin Cumberbatch said…

Greetings Claude

The song Workey Workey is by Burning Flames,

Jahbone

At 10:23am on October 17, 2016, Devon Victory said…

Yes Mam I Was His Grand-kid I Miss Him So Much Every time I Talk To My Dad Sadly

At 8:43pm on July 4, 2016, Rudy Kendall said…
Give thanks for the feedback. I admit I am lazy at times when proofreading (or not) my posts. I will work on being more precise in the future.
At 6:59pm on May 26, 2016, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

Mi Amigo, we'll take it in part or whole, and don't fret your self, Trump won't send u back anywhere personal he's a friend of mine, it's not who u know, it's who knows U, he is a pan man, I gave him a tenor pan that he still has today...

At 4:44am on January 9, 2016, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

CLAUDE Mi AMIGO, I'm a bit late on this comment, but DIAZ has taken $5 million TT dollars each year since he has been made President of Pan Trinbago, NOT $5 million in the six years, he's been there, he bought a new car when he became President and build two new houses, well what do U expect when the PT Central Executive Committee lets DIAZ signs CHECKS ???

At 7:32pm on December 25, 2015, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

Hey mi amigo, Feliz Navidad to u y usted familia...

At 3:05pm on November 24, 2015, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

Yes / Si  CLAUDE Mi Amigo, FIDELITY is warranted when the tuners fail to MODULATE / FINE TUNE their work or maintain it in proper measure, and where the ARRANGERS  has fail to implement UNISON and DISCIPLINE there players, in their work, FIDELITY is ACCURACY in sound reproduction, and RHYTHMIC PATTERNS is the rate of speed of a musical piece ...

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