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It look as if THE CIP take ah KEITH DIAZ "6" for ah KEITH DIAZ "9" ...

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Now I stop using CLICHES about 55 years ago, eh. But I do recognize their USEFULNESS.So after analyzing this CIP/DIAZ "drowning man catching at a straw" newfound relationship (between THE RIGHT…Continue

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE KEITH DIAZ praises Dr Eric Williams' contribution to PAN

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cecil hinkson 13 hours ago. 1 Reply

"Pan Trinbago president Keith Diaz is today lamenting the failure of society to recognise the sterling efforts and ultimate achievements of Trinidad and Tobago’s first prime minister Dr Eric…Continue

Ah want to see this list of candidates for PRESIDENT OF PAN TRINBAGO real bad!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bugs 7 hours ago. 7 Replies

Most of all I want to see if THE RIGHT HONOURBALE KEITH DIAZ is running again. Ah hope people realize that if THREE or FOUR candidates run for PRESIDENT against THE RIGHT HONOURABLE they will split…Continue

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Claude Gonzales replied to Aquil's discussion Akiba Pan ManJoseph and Duvone Stewart, I salute you. Pan Cup forever.
"bugs: Any time YOU and GLENROY JOSEPH agree with me on ANYTHING, I become convinced of the need to submit you two to CONCUSSION PROTOCOL under the DISTINGUISHED  OBSERVATION PROTOCOLS of  DOCTOR BENNET IFEAKANDU OMALU. Luckily, he lives in…"
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Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Ah want to see this list of candidates for PRESIDENT OF PAN TRINBAGO real bad!!!
"As of right now they cannot. They have the same problem the young folks had in the civil rights movement. It was not until young folks left MLK's organization and joined the Panthers, SNCC, PUSH and the likes were young people truly afforded…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Aquil's discussion Akiba Pan ManJoseph and Duvone Stewart, I salute you. Pan Cup forever.
"Marcus: I have a joke for you!!! You can't MISS IT!!! "I may lose a few friends in the STEELPAN COMMUNITY for my MANY postings!!! But either way I was never good at KEEPING FRIENDS!!! Ask plenty people who talk to me or used to talk to me…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Aquil's discussion Akiba Pan ManJoseph and Duvone Stewart, I salute you. Pan Cup forever.
"bugs: All these people should be working TOGETHER. Along with MARCUS ASH and THE PEOPLE'S PAN YARD WOMAN and BERTEL GITTENS. And they should link up with a couple EXPATS to extend GLOBAL OUTREACH. I see a bit of a SCARY TREND EMERGING. Since it…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Ah want to see this list of candidates for PRESIDENT OF PAN TRINBAGO real bad!!!
"Glenroy: You have just summarized THE PROBLEM with the RIGGED SYSTEM!!! 120 members may be playing in THE BAND. But THREE PEOPLE are going to get together and make ALL THE ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS."
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Glenroy R Joseph replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Ah want to see this list of candidates for PRESIDENT OF PAN TRINBAGO real bad!!!
"Are you suggesting , Bugs that young people cannot take control of Pan Tribago , because they have no power in their bands ? Therefore no power over delegate selection? Because , is spite of all the noise everyone is making , that is wher change has…"
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Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR YOU!!!
"I don't know. Like Prince, Michael, Bob Marley, James Brown, Clive Bradley, Sparrow and select few, Aretha was special. The next great one might one already be here. bugs"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Ah want to see this list of candidates for PRESIDENT OF PAN TRINBAGO real bad!!!
"How are young people going to step up? Is not JUST IN PAN and TRINIDAD. Look!!! My SENATOR is EIGHTY FIVE YEARS OLD. And she eh making room for NO YOUNG PEOPLE to take over. I remember back in the early EIGHTIES when she was MAYOR of SF and one day…"
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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Ah want to see this list of candidates for PRESIDENT OF PAN TRINBAGO real bad!!!
"Bugs, I look at ComPanions in T&T and see the support they have from steelbands, pretty soon they will realize how important they are to the progress of everything PAN in T&T. On many occasions I've suggested that they form a Political…"
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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion THE RIGHT HONOURABLE KEITH DIAZ praises Dr Eric Williams' contribution to PAN
"I agree with Keith Diaz, something should be done in T&T to commemorate Dr. Williams."
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Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Ah want to see this list of candidates for PRESIDENT OF PAN TRINBAGO real bad!!!
"But Cecil how can the young people step up when the same old same old who voted the gangstas in are running the bands? The young people need to organize and setup a collective bargaining agreement with the band association.  bugs"
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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Ah want to see this list of candidates for PRESIDENT OF PAN TRINBAGO real bad!!!
"Young people have to step up, if they don't they'll be committing themselves to the same old same old."
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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR YOU!!!
"There won't be another 60s, so I don't thing there will be one like her."
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odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR YOU!!!
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odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR YOU!!!
"Claude: RESPECT indeed, her father Rev. C. L. Franklin called her a "STONE SINGER""
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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 3:27pm on February 7, 2018, Allison Reid said…

Lol... so I guess you answered part of the question and I hear you loud and clear.... Thanks Claude....

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...

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