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Claude Gonzales
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  • San Pablo, CA
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Claude Gonzales's Discussions

STATE OF EMERGENCY IN STEELBAND COUNTRY ... TO COMBAT COVID 19 SPREAD

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Newsday May 15, 2021"THE Prime Minister has announced that Trinidad and Tobago will be under a State of Emergency from midnight. He said the curfew period will run from 9 pm to 5 am.He was speaking…Continue

DESPERATION to be THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF PAN TRINBAGO -- DIRTY TRICKS GALORE and NOBODY doh want to hire me as a CAMPAIGN MANAGER ...

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... to all THE CANDIDATES running for PRESIDENT OF PAN TRINBAGO -- somebody, please hire me as a CAMPAIGN CONSULTANT. I spend decades and decades following AMERICAN POLITICS on a daily basis (not…Continue

Why would ANY TRINIDADIAN (and I mean ANY ANY ANY TRINIDADIAN) go into an INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION and TRY TO PLAY JAZZ -- when we could BARELY PLAY A CALYPSO RIGHT ON THE PAN?

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It is REAL HARD being a CALYPSO LOVER and watching PAN MEN disrespect THE INSTRUMENT unless it is PANORAMA and THE GOVERNMENT HANDING OUT MILLIONS OF FREE DOLLARS TO WIN VOTES!!! And even then, man…Continue

Well ah man call me quite from CEDROS and ask me to PUT UP THIS PERFORMANCE and tell him what I think about it ...

Started this discussion. Last reply by odw 21 hours ago. 3 Replies

I tell the MAN that I EH KNOW NOTHING ABOUT PAN MUSIC; so I IS THE LAST PERSON TO ASK.He could ask men like BEDE and GLENROY and ODW and BUGS and MARCUS ASH -- hell, even the PRESIDENT OF PAN…Continue

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odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Well ah man call me quite from CEDROS and ask me to PUT UP THIS PERFORMANCE and tell him what I think about it ...
"Taking note of her intro...playing with 4 rubber on sticks."
21 hours ago
Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Well ah man call me quite from CEDROS and ask me to PUT UP THIS PERFORMANCE and tell him what I think about it ...
"Awesome performance by Ms, Tyeesha Alexander. This young lady could easily win the Panograma. bugs"
yesterday
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Well ah man call me quite from CEDROS and ask me to PUT UP THIS PERFORMANCE and tell him what I think about it ...
"Well, if I  had go give THIS GIRL some advice -- I would tell her to FIND A GOOD CALYPSO for THE FINALS. And EXPLORE the CALYPSO IDIOMS to THE FULLEST EXTENT  and she MOVES THROUGH THE SONG ... Well yuh think yuh could come TO THE STATES…"
yesterday
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion NLCB PanoGrama 2021 -- Semifinals Results
"I have LIVED THE PAN CULTURE IN AMERICA -- and know how TRINIDADIANS process WE TING!!!"
yesterday
Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion EMERGENCY BULLETIN NO.1 of Many FROM PAN DELEGATE GREGORY LINDSAY
"The link is not working."
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Wednesday
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion PanoGrama 2021 - Semifinals Order of Appearance
"I am glad to see MY CONTESTANT stay LOYAL and playing ANOTHER CALYPSO -- but I am not sure that I like his selection. Now ah have to go and listen to that calypso and see if it PLAYABLE on PAN ... too much work for a LUKE WARM PAN LOVER. Well yuh…"
Wednesday
Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion CECIL HINKSON: All dem TRINIDADIANS went to CANADA and NONE AH DEM CYAR PLAY PAN ...
"Claude I'm no longer involved with pan in any way, shape or form, you gotta find someone who is involve with pan and make your suggestion...."
Wednesday
Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion CECIL HINKSON: All dem TRINIDADIANS went to CANADA and NONE AH DEM CYAR PLAY PAN ...
"I am no authority of Pan in Canada, I gave you my opinion...just to set the record straight..."
Wednesday
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion CECIL HINKSON: All dem TRINIDADIANS went to CANADA and NONE AH DEM CYAR PLAY PAN ...
"CECIL: They postponed THE 2021 RAMAJAY for TWO MONTHS so you have plenty time to pull out your OLD STICKS (look trouble -- ah nearly say MALLETS) and start practicing. Ah big country like CANADA with over 100 THOUSAND TRINIS must be able to produce…"
Wednesday
Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion CECIL HINKSON: All dem TRINIDADIANS went to CANADA and NONE AH DEM CYAR PLAY PAN ...
"I am no authority of Pan in Canada, I gave you my opinion...just to set the record straight..."
Wednesday
Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion CECIL HINKSON: All dem TRINIDADIANS went to CANADA and NONE AH DEM CYAR PLAY PAN ...
"Boi, ah shame, Like i'll have to dust off meh sticks...lol"
Wednesday
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion PanoGrama 2021 - Steelpan Tuners and Pan Makers
"Well most of THE PANS sounded HORRIBLE!!! And the reasons were explained to me BY INSIDE INFORMATION that I am not going to reveal. Furthermore, I had some AMERICAN FRIENDS OVER  (with virgin ears to pan) and they asked some questions that…"
Tuesday
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Monday
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion PanoGrama 2021 Prelims Results - Top 20 Move On To Semi-finals
"They put MY BOY Mikiel Smith way down in 19th. It is true that he was a LITTLE LIGHT on CREATIVITY but he played THE CALYPSO like a CALYPSO and not how dem BIG TIME ARRANGERS in TRINIDAD does desecrate THE CALYPSO in their PANORAMA ARRANGEMENTS with…"
Monday

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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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