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Claude Gonzales
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I think it is time for the LOCALS and the EXPATS to start working together; and I think that MARCUS ASH is the only person on THE EXECUTIVE who could bridge THAT GAP!!!

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A few months ago PHELAM GODDARD did an interview on WACK and I was blown away by his honest evaluation of the PAN SCENE in TRINIDAD.THE MECCA is at a CRISIS POINT because they do not understand what…Continue

Ah wonder if SALMON CUPID get permission from BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE to put that STEELBAND in that HISTORIC INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL PARADE

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Now, remember that PAN TRINBAGO is the WORLD GOVERNING BODY OF STEELBAND. And as PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD GOVERNING BODY OF STEELBAND, I would expect that BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE would have had to SIGN…Continue

Time to FIRE DENNIS LAWRENCE and get a NEW COACH!!!

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Long time now ah saying that!!!Is only VICE have me watching the game!!!Continue

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Orvis Noel liked Claude Gonzales's discussion I think it is time for the LOCALS and the EXPATS to start working together; and I think that MARCUS ASH is the only person on THE EXECUTIVE who could bridge THAT GAP!!!
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Duvone Stewart and Salmon Cupid: These could be two GLOBAL AMBASSADORS FOR PAN!
"Ah man send me ah email cussing me and telling that I suddenly jumping on the SALMON CUPID BAND WAGON because he was in the BIG 2MILL TORONTO PARADE showcasing THE PAN. Well that man DUMBER THAN GEORGE RAMPERSAD because I have been praising SALMON…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion So which SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY has THE MOST PAN -- and ah mean SPANISH SPEAKING Country!!!
"A.L. Nunes: Intuitively, I have the most respect for you in the world -- but LIFE and SOCIETY do not PROGRESS in STRAIGHT LINES!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion So which SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY has THE MOST PAN -- and ah mean SPANISH SPEAKING Country!!!
"George Rampersad: Everybody waiting on you to come and defend the first point in your argument. Is ah DISCUSSION FORUM -- so come back and DISCUSS, nah. But none ah dem PROXIMITES that you countered with ever claimed to be THE WORLD GOVERNING BODY…"
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A.L.Nunes replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion So which SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY has THE MOST PAN -- and ah mean SPANISH SPEAKING Country!!!
"The Moors also ruled Portugal and from your logic Portugal's music has to be African music. But Portugal ruled Goa for 450 years. Therefore  Portuguese music, that is  is African music  influenced the Goans, hence the music in…"
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A.L.Nunes replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion So which SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY has THE MOST PAN -- and ah mean SPANISH SPEAKING Country!!!
"I have. And until you can prove to me that Spanish music is African music, I contend your assertion and Lilian's are both wrong. Perhaps you are mixing up Spanish music with Latin American music which is clearly influenced by African…"
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odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion So which SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY has THE MOST PAN -- and ah mean SPANISH SPEAKING Country!!!
"LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC INFLUENCED BY AFRICAN MUSIC Reggae is a Jamaican sound dominated by bass guitar and drums. It refers to a particular music style that was strongly influenced by traditional mento and calypso music, as well as American jazz, and…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Toronto All Stars Steel Orchestra at Toronto Raptors NBA Victory celebration
"As the WORLD GOVERNING BODY OF STEELBAND, the ERO and the PRESIDENT OF PAN TRINBAGO should have been PRESENT at this HISTORIC EVENT. Think of the MARKETING POSSIBILITIES for GLOBAL PAN!!! TWO MILLION PEOPLE ... enjoy it while LA BRON assembles his…"
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Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion So which SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY has THE MOST PAN -- and ah mean SPANISH SPEAKING Country!!!
"Do your research A.L. Nunes Spanish music is indeed African music. This not something that is up for debate. bugs"
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A.L.Nunes replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion So which SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY has THE MOST PAN -- and ah mean SPANISH SPEAKING Country!!!
" "Spanish music is African music." Whhhhat!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Time to FIRE DENNIS LAWRENCE and get a NEW COACH!!!
"I cannot believe that I am watching YANKEE TV with a FULL STADIUM and watching GUYANA PLAY -- THIS IS HEAVEN!!!"
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merrytonestothebone replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Time to FIRE DENNIS LAWRENCE and get a NEW COACH!!!
"And trust meh...It will get worse because the USA and Guyana also in this group..."
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Time to FIRE DENNIS LAWRENCE and get a NEW COACH!!!
"2-0 TURN OFF THE LIGHTS!!! FIRE DENNIS LAWRENCE!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Over 1000 STEELBANDS in America and the number keeps growing -- so which country is really the MECCA OF PAN
"BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE: They say that all I ever do is CRITICIZE YOU and I never propose any worthwhile ideas; so I am giving you a LEGACY IDEA right now. How about if you pursue a program to put ONE TENOR PAN (at least) in EVERY SCHOOL IN TRINIDAD.…"
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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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