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Claude Gonzales's Discussions

It's starting to look (Through the eyes of THE MINISTER OF CULTURE) as if a SHEPPARD/FORTEAU/JOSEPH is the BEST CHOICE FOR PAN TRINBAGO!!!

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The LEADING THREE CANDIDATES are SHEPPARD, BEVERLEY and BYER!!! And since FORTEAU and SHEPPARD control the VOTING LIST and they have the APPROVAL of the GOVERNMENT -- they look like the LIKELY…Continue

BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE: You have NO CHOICE!!! You have to come on THIS FORUM and make your PITCH!!!

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BEVERLEY, you ran a hell of a good CAMPAIGN. So to CAP IT OFF you should COME ON THIS FORUM and meet the 20,000 MEMBERS OF WHEN STEEL TALKS.And don't forget that IF YOU WIN as a result of your…Continue

AMAR has a FIRST CLASS VISION and PLAN for PAN; but, clearly, he does not understand THE POLITICS OF PAN

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He did a lot of homework and has some REAL GOOD INTENTIONS. But he is missing a POLITICAL FUNDAMENTAL: PAN TRINBAGO IS A VOTING ARM OF THE PNM!!!He will never get the chance to implement HIS PLAN --…Continue

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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Robert Amar Speaks -- Robert Amar for President - Pan Trinbago 2018 Elections
"SIDD says so But the POLITICS says NO!!!"
2 hours ago
Ingrid Blackwood-Belle replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion GREGORY LINDSAY to ANNOUNCE HIS CHOICES for EXECUTIVE OFFICE SOON ...
"Claude:  I'm sitting here laughing to myself.  Soca in the Palace.  Great tune. I am glad to hear that my contribution is appreciated.  However, it seems to be falling on deaf ears.  I'm keeping a watchful eye on…"
3 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Robert Amar Speaks -- Robert Amar for President - Pan Trinbago 2018 Elections
""not pnm so that may be a problem politics runs this show whether we like it or not" SAY NO MORE!!! But like you is the only man on this forum who know that: politics runs this show whether we like it or not!!!"
4 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Robert Amar Speaks -- Robert Amar for President - Pan Trinbago 2018 Elections
"Way too ADVANCED IDEAS for the STEELBAND COMMUNITY. Leh we KEEP Forteau and Sheppard and Joseph running the thing the way it is, eh!!! AMAR well study the THING, BOY. AH FEELING SHAME FOR PAN PEOPLE!!!"
5 hours ago
Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion AQUIL ARRINDELL: Allyuh STOP campaigning or what?
"Aquil doh need PT job anymore."
5 hours ago
Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion MARCUS ASH: Ah hear that BEVERLEY gave instructions to HER CREW NOT TO POST ON THIS FORUM ...
"Yuh beg the man to come back and talk, the man came back and said lets talk, yuh tell him after the elections. Wah happen, yuh off yuh concussion meds again?"
6 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Mike Portnoy To Play On ‘Pan Rocks’ RUSH Tribute Project
"Mercer: But we LACK THE MUSICAL SKILLS to TAKE IT GLOBAL!!! I have been saying that on THIS FORUM for years. Even get CUSSED OUT BY IGNORANT PEOPLE. So once again I will ask: WHERE IS THE MUSIC? Mercer: Go on THIS FORUM and see how many times I have…"
13 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion MARCUS ASH: Ah hear that BEVERLEY gave instructions to HER CREW NOT TO POST ON THIS FORUM ...
"MARCUS: We is PARDNAHS FOR LIFE!!! And if anybody ask you what they think about CLAUDE GONZALES, they will tell you ONE OF TWO THINGS ... boy, I too old to MEMORIZE YOUR WRITINGS!!!"
13 hours ago
Marcus Ash replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion MARCUS ASH: Ah hear that BEVERLEY gave instructions to HER CREW NOT TO POST ON THIS FORUM ...
"I eagerly await! LOL "
14 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Mike Portnoy To Play On ‘Pan Rocks’ RUSH Tribute Project
"LORD HAVE MERCY!!! I doh have to READ NO MORE!!! Why allyuh think that I have been FIGHTING SO HARD for so many years on THIS FORUM to get some GLOBAL REPRESENTATION for PAN by LOCALS!!! I did not even bother to READ MORE!!!"
14 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion MARCUS ASH: Ah hear that BEVERLEY gave instructions to HER CREW NOT TO POST ON THIS FORUM ...
"MARCUS: You and me make go make some BIG STRIDES in PAN, together and we DOH NEED NO TITLES!!! We go talk, PARDNAH, after THE ELECTIONS!!!"
14 hours ago
Marcus Ash replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion MARCUS ASH: Ah hear that BEVERLEY gave instructions to HER CREW NOT TO POST ON THIS FORUM ...
"Claude, AH REACH!!!! You are wrong with your caption but right in your post....especially the first paragraph. So let's talk!"
15 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion BEVERLEY: If you do not come on THIS FORUM and PRESENT YOUR CASE -- YOU CANNOT WIN!!!
"Beverley: I want to change a word in this POSTING from UNDERGROUND -- to OVERGROUND!!!"
15 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion A Message From Pan Patriots - Why we must vote wisely
"MERCER: Believe me!!! Believe me that I TRIED TO HELP THEM!!! But with all dey EDUCATION and dey LACK OF PRACTICAL EDUCATION -- it is a waste of time!!! So we sure TO DEAD and LEAVE THEM IN THE BACKWOODS!!! Ah so FRUSTRATED ah going and SMOKE meh…"
17 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion I am thinking about SUPPORTING FUAD ABU BAKR for PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER!!! And my rationale may seem incongruent to some people!!!
"FUAD: Ah still waiting for your ANSWER!!!"
17 hours ago

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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 8:51pm on August 30, 2018, Glenda Marvray said…

Rest In God's Eternal Peace, Dr. Ellie Mannette. We have lost a steelband statesman indeed! Condolences to his family and to all of us steelband lovers.

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 ???

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