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Claude Gonzales
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I have come to the conclusion that PAN PROGRESS will NEVER HAPPEN in Trinidad. The next 56 years will be the same as the last 56 years!!!

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So as merrytonestonestothebone likes to say: What the hell is COCKROACH doing in FOWL BUSINESS!!!But PAN PROGRESS in AMERICA is moving faster than a SPEEDING BULLET.So ah better HOP A RIDE on the…Continue

This COULDA pay all the PAN PLAYERS!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude Gonzales yesterday. 1 Reply

Darlisa Ghouralal  Created : 16 January 2019NEWSDAYThis is 2019!!! Wake up TRINIDAD!!!…Continue

What does GYPSY bring to the TABLE? And what does FAY ANN bring to the TABLE?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mercer Ramdoo 11 hours ago. 6 Replies

Gypsy said that he went to CARNIVALS all over the WORLD -- so that makes him SKILLED in PRODUCING a CARNIVAL PRODUCT.And FAY ANN sing in some SOCA MONARCHS -- so that makes her SKILLED in PRODUCING a…Continue

With all the OLE TALK on THIS FORUM: PAN/PANORAMA PROGRESS IS DEAD. I think MAYOR REGRELLO said it BEST

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cecil hinkson yesterday. 1 Reply

“We are going around in circles, spending large sums. Panorama started in 1963 and in 2019, we still have some of the same problems. We have not really evolved as we should have."As meh PARDNAH…Continue

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odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion PARTY START for Phase II -- Boogsie breaks promise to play Professor's Pan By Storm
"Enough said...Boogsie RULES Phase ll - Clear De Way Steelband Panorama Finals 1998."
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Mercer Ramdoo replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion PARTY START for Phase II -- Boogsie breaks promise to play Professor's Pan By Storm
"Boogsie wins Panorama with this tune."
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Panorama 2019 Start with Launch on Saturday at Renegades Pan Theatre
"Minimum Mileage in Mentioning Maestro Mannette .... Richard Pryor: That's the politics, baby!!!"
8 hours ago
Mercer Ramdoo replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion What does GYPSY bring to the TABLE? And what does FAY ANN bring to the TABLE?
"PP? What dat mean?"
11 hours ago
Mercer Ramdoo replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion What does GYPSY bring to the TABLE? And what does FAY ANN bring to the TABLE?
"Politics, again??"
11 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to London Gabriel's discussion Bands being sponsored
"Cecil: That is why SANDRA AWAII was the RIGHT PERSON to stay in the PRO JOB!!!"
12 hours ago
evan lobo replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion What does GYPSY bring to the TABLE? And what does FAY ANN bring to the TABLE?
"more distraction gypsy brings his business acumen to the table to see what more he can make pp to the table to eat ah pnm food"
15 hours ago
hollis clifton replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion What does GYPSY bring to the TABLE? And what does FAY ANN bring to the TABLE?
"Gypsy brings The People's Partnership to the table. Lol"
16 hours ago
Ingrid Blackwood-Belle replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Ah supporting BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE for ONE DAY!!!
"Noah:  I put my money (Steling) where my mouth is as I proudly support everything pan related when I visit Trinidad.  However, one thing I would have to say bothers me and you probably have the seme issue.  Why is the…"
17 hours ago
Mercer Ramdoo replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion What does GYPSY bring to the TABLE? And what does FAY ANN bring to the TABLE?
"Gypsy brings talk. Fay-Ann is eminently qualified."
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Claude Gonzales replied to G Ford's discussion Panorama Live Broadcast for a Fee
"Jennifer: They all look at the PRODUCT and ASSUME that there is PROFITABILITY. And when they TEST THE MARKET -- they all LOSE MONEY and DISAPPEAR. THERE IS NO GLOBAL PRODUCT THERE!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to G Ford's discussion Panorama Live Broadcast for a Fee
"Selling PANORAMA to the WORLD is a MYTH!!!"
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CARLYLE HOULDER replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion What does GYPSY bring to the TABLE? And what does FAY ANN bring to the TABLE?
"SUCCESS IN LIFE, DEY AIN'T BLIGHT YET! WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO OFFER TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO? THAT'S THE REAL QUESTION."
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion This COULDA pay all the PAN PLAYERS!!!
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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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