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I don't mean to be ELITIST (however, I do have the BEST EAR FOR GLOBAL PAN MUSIC in THE WORLD) -- but does CANADA have any PAN TALENT?

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I have never seen ANYONE post a VIDEO of a CANADIAN PAN PLAYER who is a STANDOUT. Come on CECIL HINKSON -- help me out here. But doh waste meh time the way DEM TRINI SOLOISTS just did in the recent…Continue

SHARMAIN BABOOLAL -- SHE START A BACCHANAL

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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Well suddenly there is a new buzzword in the PAN WORLD: VOCABULARY!!! But when it come to PAN MUSIC -- I have a very NARROW VOCABULARY ... ANDY NARELL and SILVER STARS!!! END OF STORY!!!
"Every time I listen to SILVER STARS play this song ah does start to cry -- big old man like me. And it way too late to go look for some SHRINK to diagnose my mental health crisis.  OH ANGELA!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion SHARMAIN BABOOLAL -- SHE START A BACCHANAL
"MARCUS ASH!!! As much faith as I have in you I am SHOCKED TO HEAR that your PRACTICE SESSIONS WERE NOT RIGOROUS ENOUGH. What's going on brother?"
7 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion The Mindset Towards Steelpan Education in Trinidad & Tobago Needs a Systemic Overhaul at the Government Level
"I have to say that SALMON CUPID is one of the MOST DYNAMIC MEN I have ever met in my life. His energy field is almost COSMIC. And I am happy to see (that as a TRUE TRINIDAD PATRIOT) he was EXTREMELY RUFFLED by the results of the INTERNATIONAL PAN…"
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Brenda Hosang replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion I could have a ONE MINUTE CONVERSATION with KEISHA CODRINGTON and improve her score by 15 to 20 POINTS ... so I am TOTALLY CONFUSED!!!
"Claude,  I feel for you.  so I will stay and keep your company since the writing has been on the wall for quite some time. Brenda H"
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Brenda Hosang liked Claude Gonzales's discussion I could have a ONE MINUTE CONVERSATION with KEISHA CODRINGTON and improve her score by 15 to 20 POINTS ... so I am TOTALLY CONFUSED!!!
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion PAN CRITIC WOES: Ah see the YANKEE SHIP (NEW YORK SHIP -- actually)!!! AH SEE THE ANTIGUAN SHIP!!! AH SEE THE BAJAN SHIP!!! But ah CYAR SEE the TRINIDAD PAN SOLO SHIP ...
"Ah watch the whole of the show But it was in vain I couldn't find ONE GOOD PAN SOLOIST Down in Port-of-Spain Ah stay up all day all night Just like MARY ANN Listening for ONE NOTE That might seem JUST ALL RIGHT ... Ah see the KHENT PAN…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Andre White BEAT THE PANDEMIC SERIES! - Live stream!
"WHENSTEELTALKS: How allyuh could put KHUENT and ANDRE in THE SAME ROOM? NEW YORK SHOWING OFF OR WHAT?"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Andre White BEAT THE PANDEMIC SERIES! - Live stream!
"AUTHENTIC!!!"
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I have been HOLDING OFF posting THIS CALYPSO for over a week. But Earl Richards come this morning and PUSH MEH BUTTONS: When YUH THINK YUH could come to NEW YORK and say YUH could SOLO ON PAN?

KHUENT ROSE alone could SOLO MORE than TRINIDADIAN ... So BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE, why neglect yuh PAN CULTURE ... yuh making me FEEL SAD .... TIME for PAN TRINBAGO  to SET UP some PAN RECORDING STUDIOS IN TRINIDAD ....See More
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Claude Gonzales replied to earl richards's discussion CONGRATS to EXODUS and all the CONTESTANTS of Intl Pan Ramajay Competition, But because of COVID!9, I think the playing field was not level..
"MR. EARL RICHARDS: Yuh think that is just the RECORDING TECHNOLOGY that making the playing field NOT LEVEL?"
Tuesday
Mercer Ramdoo replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Allyuh have to check out this "BASS MAN" by KHUENT ROSE!!!
"Meticulously talented young man. Teacher, Tuner, Pannist."
Tuesday
Russell Providence replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion I would like to encourage RUSSELL PROVIDENCE or SALAH WILSON or bugs or some other knowledgeable PERSON in the WORLD of PAN to give a REVIEW on the INTERNATIONAL PAN RAMAJAY 2020 ...
""Some of the audio was poor and unfit for a competition on this level" - No fault of the producers, or the performers, considering the environment in which the competition evolved. The producers in their wisdom quite likely may have…"
Monday
Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion I would like to encourage RUSSELL PROVIDENCE or SALAH WILSON or bugs or some other knowledgeable PERSON in the WORLD of PAN to give a REVIEW on the INTERNATIONAL PAN RAMAJAY 2020 ...
"My biggest pet peeve was the production. The video quality was weak and the audio production was uneven at best as we moved between the competitors.  Some of the audio was poor and unfit for a competition on this level.  However, due to…"
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Russell Providence replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion I would like to encourage RUSSELL PROVIDENCE or SALAH WILSON or bugs or some other knowledgeable PERSON in the WORLD of PAN to give a REVIEW on the INTERNATIONAL PAN RAMAJAY 2020 ...
"Mr. Gonzales, I DOES FEEL YOU HAVE SENSE, AND SENSE MAKE BEFORE BOOK, so this is my review: While Mrs Beverley Ramsey-Moore an Mr. Marcus Ash Esq. BEGGING PEOPLE FUH MONEY to do what dem an God alone know, VISA came on board to support…"
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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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