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Claude Gonzales
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Is BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE willing to CUT DOWN the PAN TRINBAGO STAFF to REDUCE EXPENSES?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude Gonzales 10 hours ago. 1 Reply

What does that OVER-LOADED STAFF do?I can hire THREE PEOPLE who could produce more than that ENTIRE STAFF!!!So I want Beverley Ramsey-Moore to come on THIS FORUM and tell me and the 20,000 members of…Continue

Forteau and Michael Joseph: I have to CONGRATULATE you TWO MEN because you all made BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE and THE CIP look like two little HUNGRY DESPERATE PUPPIES yesterday!!!

Started 13 hours ago 0 Replies

What a shame to see BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE and THE CIP capitulate like little HUNGRY DESPERATE DOGS yesterday in THAT MEETING!!!GREGORY LINDSAY: YOU and BEVERLEY owe this forum AN APOLOGY!!!Continue

This is the question: Has the STEELBAND COMMUNITY in TRINIDAD & TOBAGO evolved SOCIALLY enough to ELECT A WOMAN PRESIDENT(of PAN TRINBAGO)?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude Gonzales 15 hours ago. 5 Replies

And my answer to that question is: NO!!!So I could not see A WOMAN winning the LAST ELECTION and I still don't see A WOMAN winning this ELECTION. My analysis (right or wrong) does not reveal MY…Continue

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Aquil replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Well it look like this is THE END of FORTEAU and JOSEPH and SHEPPARD!!!
"Thanks Marcus Ask for stepping up. "
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Marcus Ash replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Well it look like this is THE END of FORTEAU and JOSEPH and SHEPPARD!!!
"Well Claude,  After giving it some thought, I will be running for the election as a candidate....but don't worry, I won't give you a heart attack by going for President. I shall only be contesting a position that I believe I'm…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Is BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE willing to CUT DOWN the PAN TRINBAGO STAFF to REDUCE EXPENSES?
"Maybe one of her surrogates (bugs, Cecil, odw) could represent the position of their LEADER on THIS FORUM!!! Well, I will excuse BUGS because he is currently UNDER THE CARE of Doctor Bennet Ifeakandu Omalu for BEVERLEY CONCUSSION and he will not be…"
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Aquil replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion DRINK AH BEER VOTING SYSTEM determines THE PRESIDENT
"nice one Mr. Claude. it was a big article then, and it still is."
11 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Pan Trinbago Elections Date Set
"Like THE CIP had a meeting and send OSWALD ALEXANDER to TAME ME. But, right now, I am like THE DEVIL IN MRS. JONES -- I RAGING. Because people lie to me and tell me that at the RESUMPTION MEETING any quorum could CALL THE SHOT. And they argued that…"
11 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion DRINK AH BEER VOTING SYSTEM determines THE PRESIDENT
""Band leaders must by now have realized, based on political history, that there are more people, in the steelpan movement, who are motivated by self-interests and not the best interest of the organization." And yesterday's meeting…"
13 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Pan Trinbago Elections Date Set
"But, Oswald, now you cannot deny that THE CIP is just as DESPERATE as BEVERLEY and JOSEPH and DIAZ and SHEPPARD and FORTEAU. Yesterday, you all had a chance to STAND UP AN BE COUNTED and you all WIMPED OUT. Where is GREGORY LINDSAY with all his BIG…"
14 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Pan Trinbago Elections Date Set
"Oswald: TEN THOUSAND PAN MEN!!! TWENTY THOUSAND MEMBERS of WHEN STEEL TALKS ... and only TWO PEOPLE could see THE LIGHT. PAN IS DOOMED!!!"
15 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion This is the question: Has the STEELBAND COMMUNITY in TRINIDAD & TOBAGO evolved SOCIALLY enough to ELECT A WOMAN PRESIDENT?
"odw: The KINDA LICKS that KEITH DIAZ put on THAT TABLE -- doh bring none ah dem again!!!"
15 hours ago
odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion This is the question: Has the STEELBAND COMMUNITY in TRINIDAD & TOBAGO evolved SOCIALLY enough to ELECT A WOMAN PRESIDENT?
"Ah wonder if these men consider themselves EVOLVED... Always Doing The Business of PAN"
17 hours ago
Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion This is the question: Has the STEELBAND COMMUNITY in TRINIDAD & TOBAGO evolved SOCIALLY enough to ELECT A WOMAN PRESIDENT?
"Another interesting factor is the two women that run ComPanions in T&T were members of the New Visionaries with Beverley, ComPanions is the best run Pan organization in T&T, unless they are running themselves they could be a great help to…"
18 hours ago
Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion This is the question: Has the STEELBAND COMMUNITY in TRINIDAD & TOBAGO evolved SOCIALLY enough to ELECT A WOMAN PRESIDENT?
"...Evolved socially enough to elect a woman president? Hell No. But neither is the USA and they are older.  But does that really matter? Not too long ago, some Photo-man called the good Dr. Dolly, a little girl who don't know nothing from…"
18 hours ago
Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion This is the question: Has the STEELBAND COMMUNITY in TRINIDAD & TOBAGO evolved SOCIALLY enough to ELECT A WOMAN PRESIDENT?
"Pan Trinbago probably need ah womans' touch. Men screwed up for years lets see where the gyrls can take us."
18 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Bugs's discussion I fully Support the Honorable Beverley Ramsey Moore for the TOP Pan Job of Trinidad and Tobago
"Okay, bugs. We have a common sense of appreciation for NEWS. So I am glad that you found the article to be interesting. But just for fun and to show you how complex life is and don't matter how much education you have -- you are still faced…"
19 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Bugs's discussion I fully Support the Honorable Beverley Ramsey Moore for the TOP Pan Job of Trinidad and Tobago
"bugs: I drove all the way to STOCKTON to meet Dr. Omalu to set up an appointment for your "concussion issues" only to find out that THE HONOURABLE DOCTOR had RESIGNED from his job. So I am in quandary now because I don't know how I am…"
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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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