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Claude Gonzales
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EARL RICHARDS: Ah only supposin'!!! But suppose OJAY win MEDIUM in TOBAGO and DUVONE win LARGE in TRINIDAD -- You know what that mean?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude Gonzales 8 hours ago. 1 Reply

That mean that DEM TRINIDADIANS get PASS UP in DEY OWN TING. Now ah only SUPPOSIN', eh!!! But while ah SUPPOSIN' ah hoping that KENDALL WILLIAMS doh let me down in the MEDIUM BAND in TOBAGO.Continue

So who is this OJAY RICHARDS? The man come out of the blue and run past THE MIGHTY DUVONE ...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cecil hinkson 13 hours ago. 2 Replies

... that was some real psychological drama.And with this CRACKSHOT THING -- if he carries the right crew to TOBAGO, he might very well DOUBLE UP with DIXIELAND.Now DUVONE is under REAL PRESSURE to…Continue

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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion EARL RICHARDS: Ah only supposin'!!! But suppose OJAY win MEDIUM in TOBAGO and DUVONE win LARGE in TRINIDAD -- You know what that mean?
"Ah like this OJAY fellah!!! I think that he could PASS MY TEST for GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR PAN from TRINIDAD. Ah have to hear him play THE PAN now to see I could QUALIFY HIM further."
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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion So who is this OJAY RICHARDS? The man come out of the blue and run past THE MIGHTY DUVONE ...
"Was told Ojay is one of Duvone students."
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Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Uptown Fascinators cops small band Panorama title
"Duvone get a beat down. But it's all good. He's from Tonago too. bugs"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion ‘Wrong Again’ sung by Skinny Banton | 2020 Tune of choice
"Makes sense to me. That strum is perfect for the PAN!!!"
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Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion So who is this OJAY RICHARDS? The man come out of the blue and run past THE MIGHTY DUVONE ...
"Ojay gets to do it again. He is the arranger for Dixeland.  https://www.panonthenet.com/tnt/bios/bands/dixieland-bio.htm ;"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Uptown Fascinators cops small band Panorama title
"ALLYUH GET THE POINT?"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Uptown Fascinators cops small band Panorama title
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Uptown Fascinators cops small band Panorama title
"I (Tortuously) listened to the ENTIRE VERSION of this RENDITION of "I DOH MIND" and I have to say that I was SHOCKED at the SLAP IN THE FACE to DUVONE STEWART at 3:31 in the song. WOW!!! PANORAMA IS REAL WAR!!! But I cannot say that I…"
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odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Uptown Fascinators cops small band Panorama title
"Ok, Claude, I hope this helps with your analysis. T&T Defence Force - Boots Genesis Pan Groove - Doh Back Back ."
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Uptown Fascinators cops small band Panorama title
"Thanks odw!!! I silently asked to put up the song. I will try to see if I CAN LISTEN TO THE WHOLE THING. Hell, I will listen to the whole VERSION just because you put it up!!! Thanks!!!"
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odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Uptown Fascinators cops small band Panorama title
"Uptown Fascinators - I Don't Mind Small Band Steelband Panorama Champions 2020"
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Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Uptown Fascinators cops small band Panorama title
"There has never been a great interest in the small bands final bugs"
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Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Those PANORAMA SHOWS are just BLEEDING MONEY -- PEOPLE just don't want to PAY TO SEE THEM
"Claude Kenny Philips is not a PAN MAN. He doesn't understand the marketing of PAN. WACK is not producing a must see global PRODUCT. Pan Trinbago is producing a local product with regional tendencies. What is he pushing? The event? The music?…"
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odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion The TOP TWO LEADERS in the BATTLE for GLOBAL LEADERSHIP OF PAN: Who yuh picking?
"Sanch Electronix Limited 1 hour ago Composed by Mark Loquan - patriotically, purposefully and passionately arranged by Clarence Morris for Tropical Angel Harps Steel Orchestra. Congratulations and best wishes to all."
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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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