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Claude Gonzales
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What is really SO TRAGIC is that you have at least 200,000 TRINI PAN LOVERS around the world -- and NOBODY has the SKILLS to counter DOCTOR DOCTOR when she ATTACKS THE PRECIOUS PAN ...

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... LEAST OF ALL THE PRESIDENT OF PAN TRINBAGO.Man, if I was on ALLYUH SIDE I woulda been BLAZING DOLLY.It just goes to show the WEAK CHARACTER of the STEELBAND COMMUNITY after 63 years of GIMME…Continue

WE HAVE TO GET RID OF BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE!!! SHE IS A NOTHING LEADER!!!

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Every step she takes, every move she makes -- is BEHIND THE TIMES!!!Can't you see ... she is 2O YEARS BEHIND ... CURRENTLY!!!DEM WHITE PEOPLE IN AMERICA ARE 20 YEARS BEYOND PAN TRINBAGO and…Continue

RUSSELL PROVIDENCE: After all THE PRAISE that I gave to MARCUS ASH on THIS FORUM -- THE MAN come PRAISING GREGORY LINDSAY and NEVER said a KIND WORD ABOUT ME ...

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But RUSSELL: I doh take CHAIN UP!!! Not FROM NOBODY!!!And after ME and DOCTOR DOLLY just LINK UP like KINDRED PAN SPIRITS (and EXPLAIN where PAN BELONGS  in the CULTURAL FOOD CHAIN) -- CHAIN UP and…Continue

BEVERLEY and DEM could try ALL THE BLUFFING THEY WANT: But when it comes to GLOBAL PAN -- dey better do like LLORAINE and WAKE UP!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude Gonzales 13 hours ago. 1 Reply

DOCTOR DOLLY REALLY EMPOWER ME!!! Ah think ah could get ah WUK with the PNM after this!!!Continue

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What is really SO TRAGIC is that yoy have at least 200,000 TRINI PAN LOVERS around the world -- and NOBODY has the SKILLS to counter DOCTOR DOCTOR when she ATTACKS THE PRECIOUS PAN ...

... LEAST OF ALL THE PRESIDENT OF PAN TRINBAGO.Man, if I was on ALLYUH SIDE I woulda been BLAZING DOLLY.It just goes to show the WEAK CHARACTER of the STEELBAND COMMUNITY after 63 years of GIMME GIMME, DEPENDENCY and HANDOUTS.And with BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE in charge of PAN TRINBAGO for the next 8 YEARS -- BACKWARDNESS and DEPENDENCY FOR EVER AND EVER ... AMEN!!!HOW BOOGSIE SO QUIET? Like the NEW HADCO CONTRACT TIE HIM DOWN!!! Allyuh doh even want to know how the REHAB on the PHASE II PANYARD…See More
8 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion "This is a slap in the face" - A Message From Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra
"Don't waste your TIME giving SUCH GOOD ADVICE to BACKWARD BEVERLEY and the TRIPLE BACKWARD PAN COMMUNITY in TRINIDAD -- my dear EILEEN!!!"
11 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Live -- CARIFESTA XIV Opening Ceremony - Friday 16th August 2019
"AH HOPE DOCTOR DOLLY PUT SOME PAN IN THAT OPENING!!!"
11 hours ago
Russell Providence replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion RUSSELL TALKING!!! DANE TALKING!!! GREGORY TALKING!!! MARCUS TALKING!!! DOLLY TALKING!!! So how come AQUIL ARRINDELL EH TALKING in THESE CRUCIAL TIMES?
"Aquil musbe get wuk? If so, at least he eh biting de hand that feeding him either side. remember what Aquil wrote publicly when Forteau was waring Diaz? "
13 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion BEVERLEY and DEM could try ALL THE BLUFFING THEY WANT: But when it comes to GLOBAL PAN -- dey better do like LLORAINE and WAKE UP!!!
"BEVERLEY: Yuh should HUMBLE and CALL ME with this GLOBAL PAN TING!!! I HAVE THE VISION WHEN IT COME TO THAT!!!"
13 hours ago
odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion DEAR DOCTOR DOLLY: Do you know how much LICKS I get over THE LAST 41 YEARS (+) for SEEING WHAT YOU SEE ON THE PAN TING and VERBALIZING IT?
"Squibby - Pan Running Wild Solo Harmonites Pan running wild 1982 Steelband Music Festival"
13 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion World Pan Day to be Celebrated Annually
"FLUFF!!!!!!! BEVERLEY DOES NOT HAVE A CLUE!!!"
13 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion DEAR DOCTOR DOLLY: Do you know how much LICKS I get over THE LAST 41 YEARS (+) for SEEING WHAT YOU SEE ON THE PAN TING and VERBALIZING IT?
"PAN MUST PROGRESS!!! But BEVERLEY KILLING BOTH AH WE!!!"
15 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion CECIL HINKSON: You CAMPAIGNED SO HARD to PUT BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE in OFFICE and now she want to fight with your FAVOURITE MINISTER OF CULTURE ...
"But BRO: Let me give an EXAMPLE of how BACKWARD THESE PEOPLE ARE. They launch a WORLD STEELPAN DAY and then a few days later you have TWO STEELBANDS coming from ANTIGUA and GUYANA (both countries that LOVE THE PAN and both countries that I have…"
15 hours ago
Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion CECIL HINKSON: You CAMPAIGNED SO HARD to PUT BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE in OFFICE and now she want to fight with your FAVOURITE MINISTER OF CULTURE ...
"What can I say Bro. ah done put meh money on that horse, ah just hatta wait and see how the race end up...."
16 hours ago
odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion You have to be a "REAL TRINIDADIAN" to get to the depth of Doctor Dolly's Comment ...
"A CONVERSATION WITH CULTURE MINISTER DR. NYAN GADSBY-DOLLY Soyini Nneka Published on Feb 16, 2017 Lord Nelson - We Like It"
17 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Russell Providence's discussion Pan Trinbago vs Small, Medium and Single Pan Steelbands
"Easy on GREGORY, MR. RUSSELL PROVIDENCE!!! Now i thought that GREGORY LINDSAY did RETIRE from the PAN TING, EH!!! But suddenly THE MAN FRONT AND CENTER in the PAN TRINBAGO ADMINISTRATION. I will say that the man is slightly susceptible to a little…"
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Glenda Marvray liked Claude Gonzales's discussion MARCUS ASH CALLS on THE STEELPAN FRATERNITY to right a wrong, put differences aside, unite, respect ourselves and elevate TOGETHER!!!
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Rosalía and Ozuna Drop Steel Drum-Infused Reggaeton Banger “Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi”
"WHEY WE MUSIC? Let me fix my ENGLISH: WHERE IS OUR MUSIC? I know that all the MUSICAL GENIUSES live in TRINIDAD but: WHERE IS THE MUSIC? When I look at stuff like this IT BREAKS MY HEART!!! The first time I heard REGGAETON I just about WENT CRAZY --…"
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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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