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I have a PROPOSAL for THE FORUM: I want us to get together and hire MERRYTONESTOTHEBONE to do a REPRISE of "MAS" by Lord Melody as played by GUINNESS CAVALIERS!!!

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Almost 20,000 PAN LOVERS on THIS FORUM and I am sure that a few of us could chip in some SMALL CHANGE and get this project done.Why did I pick MERRYTONESTOTHEBONE? Well he is one of the FEW ON THE…Continue

What THE CIP does not tell us: The FORTEAU SIDE OF THE STORY!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude Gonzales 6 hours ago. 1 Reply

Forteau said Diaz wrote him on May 7 asking for a special convention on May 17.“I wrote Diaz on May 9 indicating to him the time was too short of the court’s decision,” Forteau said.The executive…Continue

I have NEVER SEEN DESPERATE MEN like these CONTENDERS for THIS PAN TRINBAGO THRONE ...

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Ah almost envy them!!! Ah wish ah could WAKE UP tomorrow morning with that INTENSE FEELING OF DESPERATION to PURSUE SOMETHING -- ANYTHING!!! Ah want to go set up a WEBSITE  to address all the CRIME I…Continue

This is TRULY an OLE TALK FORUM. Look at Michael Joseph as a good example!!! All this corruption he is EXPOSING now is actually OLE OLE TALK!!!

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It's been going on since 2009!!! And all the time MR. JOSEPH coming on THIS FORUM and telling EVERYBODY that is the MARDI GRAS who was the REAL ENEMY plotting to take PAN away from the CANBOULAY.Now,…Continue

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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Pan Trinbago Central Executive Accuses their President Keith Diaz of Improprieties
"Bugs: It was in the papers when he did the JET BLUE DEAL. I mentioned that ON THIS FORUM before!!! Man ah didn't dem WARRIORS could PLAY SO!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Pan Trinbago Central Executive Accuses their President Keith Diaz of Improprieties
"Well, MR. ALEXANDER, let me tell you something!!! And you could get a piece of paper and write it down. It doh matter who runs PAN TINBAGO!!! We could leave the current FORTEAU/DIAZ crew in office. Or we could replace them with the RUSSELL…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Pan Trinbago Central Executive Accuses their President Keith Diaz of Improprieties
"bugs: Right now ah in meh CHAPEL praying that James Harden doh come and rain on MY PARADE in the next three hours. But if DONALD TRUMP eh making jail -- THE RIGHT HONOURABLE KEITH DIAZ eh making NO JAIL either!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion NCC can’t get involved
"RUSSELL: Ah fraid yuh!!! Sometimes yuh does read meh mind and post my thoughts for me!!! I strongly suspect that there are experienced, qualified steel bands men [businessmen], who can authoritatively tell the Extempo King how that disbursement can…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Pan Trinbago Central Executive Accuses their President Keith Diaz of Improprieties
"OSWALD ALEXANDER: Don't let the POSTERS on THIS FORUM upset your peace, eh. Is ah bunch ah idle,old, culturally-aliented, wishing-they-could-come-back-home-but-fraid-the-crime EXPATS yuh dealing with here. And they don't have a clue about…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion What THE CIP does not tell us: The FORTEAU SIDE OF THE STORY!!!
"I have to give credit to FORTEAU!!! Forteau goes to his ATTORNEYS and he asks them to explain the ruling to him in a way that he could understand it and spill it out to the PUBLIC. THE CIP, on the other hand, believe that they understand THE…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Pan Trinbago Central Executive Accuses their President Keith Diaz of Improprieties
"Oswald: THE RIGHT HONOURABLE KEITH DIAZ is a POLITICALLY PRINCIPLED MAN. He doh spill so beans. When he took over from PATRICK ARNOLD there was a lot of DIRTY LINENS he could have washed in PUBLIC to clean his own hands. But he went out of his way…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Pan Trinbago Central Executive Accuses their President Keith Diaz of Improprieties
"TWO TAKEAWAYS!!! One: Keith Diaz stole over $1,150,650, 00 in complimentary Panorama tickets which we know that he resold on the SCALPER'S MARKET!! Two: Bugs and Russell Providence came on THIS FORUM and chastised me for MENTIONING the threat…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Aquil's discussion No Shephard dog barked when the membership spoke. Clash on Park Street as photo uses $140,000.00 of pan people’s money to stay in office.
"well they could not read and comprehend THE CONSTITUTION -- now yuh want to send them to LAW SCHOOL!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion The Central Executive of Pan Trinbago is appalled at the attitude displayed by members of its Organization
"This is a VERY DESPERATE news release!!! From quite our here I can feel the fear in the heart and lives of these men that they may ACTUALLY LOSE POWER. Clearly, it has never been about PAN and PAN PLAYERS but about gaining control of the PAN…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Aquil's discussion No Shephard dog barked when the membership spoke. Clash on Park Street as photo uses $140,000.00 of pan people’s money to stay in office.
"YEH, MAN!!!! All ah dem fellahs does play or does watch or used to PLAY CRICKET!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Aquil's discussion No Shephard dog barked when the membership spoke. Clash on Park Street as photo uses $140,000.00 of pan people’s money to stay in office.
"Forteau had access to $140,000 to pay ATTORNEYS. And THE CIP could not even afford A MAGIC MARKER!!! The OUTCOME seems OBVIOUS even without my CRYSTAL BALL!!!"
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merrytonestothebone replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion MERRYTONESTOTHEBONE: Yuh acting like Switzerland and staying NEUTRAL, NEUTRAL. Pick ah side, nah!!!
"Claude boy when I hear de man in the video say boldface boldface..."If yuh appeal...then leave!!"...I get more frighten...Ah was really considering the wuk boy..But after ah hear dat one?...Ah say nah!!...Plus dat mediator wuk is not for…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion NCC can’t get involved
"Nice One, Mr. Mercer!!! But PAN TRINBAGO is a POLITICAL ARM OF THE PNM. So do you really think that DOCTOR and LUCAS and GYPSY will touch that apple cart full of votes and alienate one side or the other? Do you think that they brought PAN TRINBAGO…"
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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 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 ???

At 7:32pm on December 25, 2015, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

Hey mi amigo, Feliz Navidad to u y usted familia...

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