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Claude Gonzales's Discussions

Cecil Hinkson: The headline is a little bit misleading because it is really about an 11 point discrepancy -- defend yuh PRESIDENT, nah!!!

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Arrangement – a maximum of 40 points shall be awarded under this category.General Performance - a maximum of 40 points shall be awarded under this category.Tone - a maximum of 10 points shall be…Continue

All eyes on East Side in Single Pan Semis

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Newsday November 11th, 2019Arranger Harewood said, “I have plenty more to put in the song, I am going all out to retain the title. I want to elevate the music coming from Single Pan bands, we have to…Continue

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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion GREGORY LINDSAY: 20,000 MEMBERS of WHEN STEEL TALKS are waiting for your REPORTS on THE FORENSIC AUDIT and the CORRUPT VEE PEE ..
"Going over this report will only stress out people and have them angry. No one in T&T has ever gone to jail for this type of crime and I don't see them starting now, especially since some real big fish has been accused of the same crime in…"
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Peter deLight replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion GREGORY LINDSAY: 20,000 MEMBERS of WHEN STEEL TALKS are waiting for your REPORTS on THE FORENSIC AUDIT and the CORRUPT VEE PEE ..
"Sir G: You've been right. How vindicated you must feel. For years, you've been highlighting the 'corruption'. I refer to "Pan In Pain" — an article in Newsday, today. Auditor on PT —…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho's discussion Time to pay the piper
"JJJ: Ain't nobody got NO MONEY to PAY YOU. The GOVERNMENT BROKE -- ROWLEY borrow so much money and then borrow 2.7 BILLION more to pay off the PETROTRIN WORKERS -- only to hire them back (indirectly).. UWI eh have no money to pay you for the…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion A Panorama Question - How can there be a discrepancy of 28 points between two judges?
"Cecil:BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE screw up the JUDGING -- and everybody BLAMING YOU. Ah never see thing so!!!"
yesterday
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion A Panorama Question - How can there be a discrepancy of 28 points between two judges?
"bugs: TEN YEARS LATER (almost 11) ... and then allyuh find that I am too CYNICAL!!! Permalink Reply by Bugs on January 23, 2009 at 6:25am If we are all in agreement that the judges need training why is this not being done?  "
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Claude Gonzales replied to odw's discussion Nailah Blackman - More Sokah (Official Music Video) "Soca 2020"
"Given the LAVWAY FOUNDATION of THIS SONG -- and it's very early release -- I think that it is going to RUN OUT OF STEAM long before CARNIVAL. So I am hoping that she releases something MORE CREATIVE around JANUARY!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion A Panorama Question - How can there be a discrepancy of 28 points between two judges?
"Cecil: I should not complain about the OVER-ARRANGING anymore. When I make PASTELLES out here now, besides the ground beef and the ground pork -- I put sauteed mushrooms and onions on top of the meat and then I put some ROASTED Jalapeños on…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion A Panorama Question - How can there be a discrepancy of 28 points between two judges?
"odw: Thanks for sharing the CURTIS BETAUDIER involvement in TRINIDAD PAN. But if it takes a PAN SOLDIER with that HIGH LEVEL OF PAN LEGITIMACY to pose that question (for which no OFFICIAL ANSWER will be provided), then PAN PROGRESS is TRULY A PIPE…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion A Panorama Question - How can there be a discrepancy of 28 points between two judges?
"That is a VERY LEGITIMATE question; a complex question, actually!!! Cecil Hinkson: Your whole life is PAN and PANORAMA; I expect a more analytical answer from you!!! I don't know who CURTIS BETAUDIER is -- but I would guess that he has to be a…"
Friday
Claude Gonzales replied to earl richards's discussion An­oth­er ma­jor change is that pan­men will play on­ly for one band!!! More CLARIFICATION is NEEDED!!!.
"These SAME PLAYERS will PERFORM in EVERY CATEGORY!!! That is why MERRYTONESTOTHEBONE does be COMPLAINING SO BITTERLY. IT IS PAN HUSTLE SEASON -- starting in NOVEMBER, now!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Single Pan Semi Finals - Order of appearance - Panorama 2020
"Meh band get ah BAD  DRAW -- dey playing in LAST PLACE. By that time every hear enough PAN. 31 BANDS in the SEMI-FINALS. OVERKILL!!! THIS PARTY could find so many creative ways to SHELL OUT MONEY to their CONSTITUENTS!!!"
Thursday
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion 2020 SOCA: KERIDA!!! VERY CLOSE TO GLOBAL!!!
"I really like this girl. I think that she could become a BIG INTERNATIONAL STAR (MUSIC and MOVIES) if she could find the right production team. And she needs some serious voice lessons -- don't know if GUYANA has any high level VOICE…"
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eCaroh Boston replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion More 2020 SOCA!!! KENNY PHILLIPS JUMP IN THE BREW!!!
"Kenny brings leadership...."
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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion More 2020 SOCA!!! KENNY PHILLIPS JUMP IN THE BREW!!!
"Vanessa has a way of getting people to excell. Good job Kenny, but don't give up yuh day job.......lololol"
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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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