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Claude Gonzales
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Claude Gonzales's Discussions

They say that HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF: After 30 years ... ABU BAKR TAKE OVER!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude Gonzales yesterday. 4 Replies

It is hard for MOST PEOPLE to UNDERSTAND "THE CULTURE OF TRINIDAD" because they are not REAL TRINIDADIANS. And it is hard to KEEP ALL THE FACTS RELEVANT AT ONE TIME ... that is ANOTHER…Continue

FIERY PROTESTS ACROSS PORT-OF-SPAIN [BLACK LIVES DOH MATTER WHEN BLACK POLICE SHOOT DOWN BLACK PEOPLE ... NO MONEY IN THAT]

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude Gonzales yesterday. 2 Replies

Guardian Right NowFiery protests in and around Port-of-Spain this morning, as east Port-of-Spain, Laventille, Morvant and Beetham residents call for the intervention of the National Security Minister…Continue

I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE that ANDRE WHITE is in the LEAD SPOT to become THE NEXT ARRANGER of SILVER STARS STEELBAND ...

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... now I eh SWEARING on that eh. But ah man call me and tell me that QUITE FROM MORUGA!!!(OFF THE RECORD on the HUSH HUSH and the QT: PLENTY PEOPLE APPLY FOR THAT WUK, BOY!!!)However, what I know…Continue

PAN TRINBAGO should call an EMERGENCY GENERAL MEETING to discuss THE BIG FLOP by our PANNISTS as they faced INTERNATIONAL JUDGES ...

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BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE cannot afford to worry about the COVID CRISIS when we AS THE MECCA OF THE STEELBAND are facing an INTERNATIONAL CRISIS WITH PAN.The WHOLE NATIONAL APPROACH to SOLOING has to be…Continue

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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion They say that HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF: After 30 years ... ABU BAKR TAKE OVER!!!
"NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE could UNDERSTAND THE CONSTRUCT OF THIS CALYPSO -- NOT EVEN THE VOCALIST ... because he is FROM GRENADA.  CALYPSO IS A COMPLEX BUSINESS -- FOR REAL TRINIDADIANS!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion They say that HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF: After 30 years ... ABU BAKR TAKE OVER!!!
"Anybody could POST A CALYPSO ... but who COULD Y+UNDERSTAND CALYPSO LYRICS ... DONE DEAD AND BURY and LEAVE ME as THE DEFAULT ANALYST!!! I eh good like NAIPAUL and GORDON ROHLEUR -- but DEM DONE DEAD AND BURY ... and, furthermore, calypso lyrics is…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion They say that HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF: After 30 years ... ABU BAKR TAKE OVER!!!
"NEIGHBOR: WATER MORE THAN FOUR!!! Allyuh understand that line?"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion They say that HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF: After 30 years ... ABU BAKR TAKE OVER!!!
"BLACK STONE is one of the GREATEST CALYPSO COMPOSERS in THE HISTORY OF TRINIDAD CALYPSO COMPOSERS and he was NEVER RECOGNIZED!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Well THIS FEEL like ah REAL PAN RAMAJAY by LIAM TEAGUE!!!
"CECIL: THAT RIGHT THERE IS THE SOUL of CALYPSO and PAN and RAMAJAY!!! WICKED KEYBOARD ACCOMPANIMENT!!!!"
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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Well THIS FEEL like ah REAL PAN RAMAJAY by LIAM TEAGUE!!!
"Ramajay Mr Panman"
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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Or as BLACK STALIN SAY, we might wake up ONE DAY and hear that Steelband come from the UNITED STATES KINGDOM ... Brooklyn done start already producing PAN PRODIGY -- to MANUFACTURE we OWN CULTURE ...
"It is not about Panorama, but how the time between Panoramas is utilized."
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odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion I estimated the VIEWING AUDIENCE between 850 and 900; it was a hell of a good show; CONGRATULATIONS to EXODUS STEELBAND and AINSWORTH MOHAMMED; THE TRINIS have A LOT OF WORK TO DO!!!
"UWI Festival Steel Ensemble - Socking It With Steel"
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merrytonestothebone replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion I estimated the VIEWING AUDIENCE between 850 and 900; it was a hell of a good show; CONGRATULATIONS to EXODUS STEELBAND and AINSWORTH MOHAMMED; THE TRINIS have A LOT OF WORK TO DO!!!
"Claude...The common thread running through most of the finalists is higher level music education...As the ole adage goes..."Who have more corn, feed more fowl"...Unless T&T panists embrace music education, event at the primary level…"
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Aquil replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Or as BLACK STALIN SAY, we might wake up ONE DAY and hear that Steelband come from the UNITED STATES KINGDOM ... Brooklyn done start already producing PAN PRODIGY -- to MANUFACTURE we OWN CULTURE ...
"excellent point Mr. Merrytones. congrats to the winners. "
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merrytonestothebone replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Or as BLACK STALIN SAY, we might wake up ONE DAY and hear that Steelband come from the UNITED STATES KINGDOM ... Brooklyn done start already producing PAN PRODIGY -- to MANUFACTURE we OWN CULTURE ...
"What we have to understand is that this version of the Ramajay fell squarely in line with American culture. By that I mean not just Jazz music as an American cultural expression but the death of Steelbands too, which ultimately had an effect on…"
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Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Or as BLACK STALIN SAY, we might wake up ONE DAY and hear that Steelband come from the UNITED STATES KINGDOM ... Brooklyn done start already producing PAN PRODIGY -- to MANUFACTURE we OWN CULTURE ...
"This should come as no surprise. WST has been telling us about Khuent, Kareem, Andre, Khan and many others since they were very young boys.  There are a lot more coming behind them. bugs"
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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion FINAL 2020 INTERNATIONAL PAN RAMAJAY RESULTS!!! CONGRATS TO THE USA!!!
"Where are the results for the single performer?"
Sunday
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Or as BLACK STALIN SAY, we might wake up one say and hear that Steelband come from the UNITED STATES KINGDOM ... Brooklyn done start already producing PAN PRODIGY to MANUFACTURE we OWN CULTURE ...
"Well, it is not really a BLACK STALIN SONG (MERCHANT SONG) ... but close enough!!! I stole this poster from THE TRIVIAL SITE!!!"
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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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