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Claude Gonzales
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CECIL HINKSON: If you had to PICK one PAN PLAYER from the TRINIDAD WORLD OF PAN to represent PAN GLOBALLY in the way that ANDY NARELL does, who would you PICK?

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You don't have to restrict your choice to TRINIDAD -- THE PLAYER could be from NEW YORK or LONDON or EUROPE or CANADA. But you have to remember that PLAYING THE PAN is only like 50% of the JOB…Continue

Cecil Hinkson: Yuh well rile meh up with that ANDY NARELL conversation ...

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Ah really thought that by now TRINIDAD would have produced a GLOBAL PAN STAR gracing stages around the world and producing best-selling CDs and getting music reviews here and there and appearing on…Continue

Cecil: And this is just THE BROTHER, eh. Who very few people know about (JEFF NARREL)!!!

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EARLY DAYSSteel pan was little known outside Trinidad, the island-nation of its invention, in the early 60’s when Rupert Sterling, an exchange student from the Caribbean island of Antigua, arrived in…Continue

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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion CECIL HINKSON: If you had to PICK one PAN PLAYER from the TRINIDAD WORLD OF PAN to represent PAN GLOBALLY in the way that ANDY NARELL does, who would you PICK?
"Keisha Codrington."
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Pan performance at Bishops' High School, Guyana.
"The WORLD OF PAN could belong to GUYANA if they know how to play their CARDS RIGHT in the next 5 to 10 years. Of course you still have to look at the politics leading up to the MARCH 2ND (2020) ELECTIONS -- things could go VERY WRONG. That little…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion No season for pan
"People PIMPING Calypso and Steelband and cannot even get their NUMBERS RIGHT. Merchant died in 1999, but Beverley having him speaking/singing in 2009!!! That must be TOBAGO OBEAH!!! And the MAYOR jump in the brew and talking about 2020 marking 47…"
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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Cecil Hinkson: Yuh well rile meh up with that ANDY NARELL conversation ...
"Andy is addressing the Global pan community."
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion PANORAMA OBSESSION: The fi­nal of the Na­tion­al Panora­ma (Small Bands) will be held in To­ba­go in 2020 says BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE
"Earl: Yuh smarter than CECIL and MERRYTONESTOTHEBONE and RP and me -- all wrapped up in one."
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earl richards replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion PANORAMA OBSESSION: The fi­nal of the Na­tion­al Panora­ma (Small Bands) will be held in To­ba­go in 2020 says BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE
"I take it to mean the 2021 SINGLE PAN PANORAMA FINALS will be held in TOBAGO in late 2020."
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Claude Gonzales replied to Russell Providence's discussion Pray for Dr. Roy Cape
"You are a VERY OBSERVANT and CLEVER MAN -- MR. RUSSELL PROVIDENCE!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion PANORAMA OBSESSION: The fi­nal of the Na­tion­al Panora­ma (Small Bands) will be held in To­ba­go in 2020 says BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE
"Cecil: Since you are the GLOBAL SPOKESPERSON for BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE I would like you to explain to me this 2020 SMALL BANDS FINAL IN TOBAGO that was announced yesterday. (Now ah really think that she gone to 2021 already because she so want to…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Cecil hinkson's discussion DID T&T EVER ACKNOWLEDGE ANDY NARELL CONTRIBUTION TO PAN??
"TRINIDADIANS (and I am not saying EVERY TRINIDADIAN)!!! But TRINIDADIANS as a rule CANNOT ACKNOWLEDGE ANDY NARELL. PAN in TRINIDAD is PRIDEFULLY A BLACK THING and a TRINIDAD THING. And for TRINIDADIANS to face the fact that a WHITE AMERICAN could…"
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merrytonestothebone replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion PANORAMA OBSESSION: The fi­nal of the Na­tion­al Panora­ma (Small Bands) will be held in To­ba­go in 2020 says BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE
"So...what happen to the Medium Bands Final in Tobago?...Or, will the both finals be held there now?...Politics is a hell of a thing oui?..."
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B ajoh liked Claude Gonzales's discussion REMEMBERING ARROW: Calypso History Month
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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion PANORAMA OBSESSION: The fi­nal of the Na­tion­al Panora­ma (Small Bands) will be held in To­ba­go in 2020 says BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE
"Ah was plannin to forget all dem pan show-----------------and settle down in 2bago------------- but now I'm afraid Ah cyah make the grade."
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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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