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CARIBBEAN WELL REPRESENTED IN BLACK PANTHER MOVIE!!!

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"Do you know who was all up and through that film? Caribbean people. From the Bahamas all the way down to Guyana and we are here for every bit of it. Here’s the cast that’s about to fill you with so…Continue

YEAR FOR LOVE or YEAR FOR CRIME?

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"YEAR FOR LOVE" by VOICE was one of the most successful CARNIVAL SONGS of all time. It win SOCA MONARCH and it win PANORAMA and it win ENDLESS AIR PLAY and it win VOICE  a THOUSAND APPEARANCES IN…Continue

Anthony Joseph just gave THE FORUM a BIG CLUE in terms of producing GLOBAL PAN MUSIC

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeremy de Barry 2 hours ago. 21 Replies

QUESTION (asked by Anthony Joseph): Do you all think Andy Narell will be successful if he used a full steel orchestra instead of all the top class musicians that he features in his recordings and…Continue

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Claude Gonzales replied to Bugs's discussion All Tuners in Trinidad & Tobago must go on strike until Birch Kelman receives an Apology!
"Aquil: Yuh tell me that THE CIP don't get involved in POLITICS -- yet yuh leading this whole POLITICAL CAMPAIGN against KEITH DIAZ to get him to apologize. And yuh tell meh that KEITH DIAZ going and STEP DOWN after CARNIVAL done. But my sources…"
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Jeremy de Barry replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Anthony Joseph just gave THE FORUM a BIG CLUE in terms of producing GLOBAL PAN MUSIC
"In passing; Pity can't access these videos. They are from: Solo Harmonites - Topic (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCf1GQcfa9J9mvfmBFoyQ8Q) Auto-generated by YouTube With the message: This video is not available [without the - In your country…"
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Anthony Joseph replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Anthony Joseph just gave THE FORUM a BIG CLUE in terms of producing GLOBAL PAN MUSIC
"I go help yuh push, ah get enough blows already  ! Hope you all enjoy forum"
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Inez John replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Anthony Joseph just gave THE FORUM a BIG CLUE in terms of producing GLOBAL PAN MUSIC
"Deja vu. It seems to me we have this discussion every year. You think perhaps if Helon Francis (what a voice) manages to get a contract or work with a top brass singer/performer, he could help squeeze pan in the recording?  Doh share blows eh…"
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Jeff Medina replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Anthony Joseph just gave THE FORUM a BIG CLUE in terms of producing GLOBAL PAN MUSIC
"By the way Mr Medina is a T&T born musician who has worked with not only most of the Caiso/Soca artists but has recorded and played with Artists like Grover Washington,Stanley Turrentine, Eric Gale, Ralph McDonald,Evelyn Champagane King,…"
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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Anthony Joseph just gave THE FORUM a BIG CLUE in terms of producing GLOBAL PAN MUSIC
"I don't know how the Codrington Pan Family is today,[because of Cary's illness] but they were ready to take Pan to the next level but no one saw their potential."
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Anthony Joseph replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Anthony Joseph just gave THE FORUM a BIG CLUE in terms of producing GLOBAL PAN MUSIC
"Well said Sid, I will send your reply to some of friends in the pan world aspiring to make it their source of income, humility is more often than not the better approach to success. I sure wish we can get some input from some people who are out…"
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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Anthony Joseph just gave THE FORUM a BIG CLUE in terms of producing GLOBAL PAN MUSIC
"The Panorama blinders block the progress of steelpan music in T&T. Indigisounds has the technology, y'all use it. your goal should be to put a song on BILLBOARD. 4-5 panist with vocals."
6 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Bugs's discussion All Tuners in Trinidad & Tobago must go on strike until Birch Kelman receives an Apology!
"Mr. Bugs: You have me very confused this morning. You are the first person I saw chastising KEITH DIAZ and his EXECUTIVES and calling them GANGSTAS and calling for them to be put in CLUB JAIL -- when I came on this forum. So, you, more than anybody…"
7 hours ago
Steve Taylor (Sidd) replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Anthony Joseph just gave THE FORUM a BIG CLUE in terms of producing GLOBAL PAN MUSIC
"Anthony Joseph. With all due respect you asked an important question using the name Andy Narell. An already successful pan musician composer, arranger, producer with a slight edge of being white. Now I am no racists. But that is the reality. You are…"
7 hours ago
Anthony Joseph replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Anthony Joseph just gave THE FORUM a BIG CLUE in terms of producing GLOBAL PAN MUSIC
"It's ironic that we can only single out a select four or five, even though only two were mentioned that appears to have been successful in the art form but I get your point odw but what about the rest ? Still left waiting to play in a panorama…"
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merrytonestothebone replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion IS THIS PANORAMA MUSIC?
"Another big issue with back-in-times tunes for me is the business of a preparation period. Panorama is one of the few competitions in the world where you can begin preparation a year and even more in advance all you have to do is choose an old song.…"
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odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Anthony Joseph just gave THE FORUM a BIG CLUE in terms of producing GLOBAL PAN MUSIC
"AJ: I beg to disagree,"Mr Medina has a good idea of what is going on in the industry, I see talented accomplished musicians playing for little or no pay because of the love." Robert Greenidge and Andy Narell have made a name for themselves…"
8 hours ago
Anthony Joseph replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Anthony Joseph just gave THE FORUM a BIG CLUE in terms of producing GLOBAL PAN MUSIC
"Claude I've been around steelbaands for a very long time and you will be amazed to find out how many of us have a seasonal love affair with pan, which leaves us with a widely dispersed few die hards like those on this forum fighting each other…"
9 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Anthony Joseph just gave THE FORUM a BIG CLUE in terms of producing GLOBAL PAN MUSIC
"Anthony Joseph: From the Caribbean to the EXPAT world plus the odd few around the world who like STEELBAND MUSIC -- I think that we have a decent size base that would support SOME WELL RECORDED PAN MUSIC. And if somebody puts out the right music and…"
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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 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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