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Claude Gonzales
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WHEN STEEL TALKS: If you came to me and said that SOMEBODY offered you a 10% RETURN ON INVESTMENT on your MONEY -- what do I think, I would suggest that we take a VERY CLOSE LOOK at the INVESTMENT ...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude Gonzales 3 hours ago. 1 Reply

... because in THE REAL WORLD a 10% ANNUAL RATE OF RETURN is very difficult to come by on a LEGAL INVESTMENT.So when I see RUBADIRI VICTOR promising a 400% RATE OF RETURN over a FIVE MONTH PERIOD --…Continue

If DONALD TRUMP was a PAN SOLOIST he would have been THE BEST IN THE WORLD ... that SOLO tonight against BIDEN was MAGICAL!!!

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The man refuse to PRACTICE for the DEBATE  like OBAMA and all dem other past presidents. He had enough of a integrated understanding of the SUBJECT MATTER -- much like ME and the PAN CULTURE!!!So he…Continue

TRUMP LICKING UP BIDEN and BIDEN ONLY SMILING LIKE AN IMP!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude Gonzales 7 hours ago. 1 Reply

He is TOO OLD AND FRAGILE and his VOICE is TOO OLD AND SOFT!!!And TRUMP is BULLYING HIM like a LAST LITTER PUPPY!!! And BIDEN is STUCK IN ONE VOCAL TONE just like dem PANORAMA ARRANGERS in TRINIDAD…Continue

Tobago stakeholders: Perfect time to split Carnival [This is a GOOD IDEA]

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Newsday September 29, 2020“We don’t have anything right now that encourages visitors, we need to do a comprehensive rescheduling of our tourism product and have it ready for 2021. This is the time…Continue

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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion WHEN STEEL TALKS: If you came to me and said that SOMEBODY offered you a 10% RETURN ON INVESTMENT on your MONEY -- what do I think, I would suggest that we take a VERY CLOSE LOOK at the INVESTMENT ...
"One SMART TRINIDADIAN!!!! I thought that I was the ONLY ONE with GLOBAL CULTURAL INSIGHT!!! Eric A St Bernard Rubadiri Victor, according to my information, and the same number was cited by the PM in his last visit to the US, the Trini diaspora is a…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion THE VIRTUAL CARNIVAL 2021 IS ON
"Marilyn: WE LOVE THE CULTURE from small and we continue to LOVE THE CULTURE. And we will BUY THE FEED -- but there has to be SOME INTEGRITY!!! And I can tell you that BASED ON THE HIGH PROJECTION (ROI) this is JUST ANOTHER HUSTLE where THE PNM hands…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion TRUMP LICKING UP BIDEN and BIDEN ONLY SMILING LIKE AN IMP!!
"TRUMP LICKING UP JOE REAL BAD!!! Why did the DEMOCRATS put up such a SENILE MAN? He can barely SPEAK!!!"
7 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion THE VIRTUAL CARNIVAL 2021 IS ON
"Carnival visitors spent $318 million in 2018 "The total visitor arrivals to Trinidad and Tobago were 33,873 persons, with Trinidad recording 31,877 and Tobago 1,996 for the period under review. When compared with the Carnival period for 2017…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion THE VIRTUAL CARNIVAL 2021 IS ON
"THIS I GOT TO SEE!!!! THIS BAR IS SO HIGH; and, personally, I don't believe in STARTING AT THE TOP!!! FOUR HUNDRED MILLION FIRST SHOT!!! FIRST TIME OUT THE GATE!!! Ah taking a FRONT ROW SEAT for THIS ONE!!!"
9 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion PM: Carnival 2021 is NOT on ... (update) COVID kills Carnival 2021 season -- ah love the alliteration and the picture plenty nicer ...
"It’s official: Carnival 2021 has been “killed” by COVID-19."
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Update - Panist in Need
"We need more EXPATS like CHAR and GRAFTON coming to the front. For years I have talked about the LACK OF ADMINISTRATIVE SKILLS which is showing its BACKWARD FACE in this discussion. But we could rise above it and FIND WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE. MARCUS!!!…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Update - Panist in Need
"I ADMIRE THE PASSION OF THIS MAN: RUBADIRI VICTOR!!! Although we live in DIFFERENT UNIVERSES WITH THE PAN TING!!! His ideas on GLOBALIZING THE CULTURE is admirable. Although I don't think that he has the RIGHT APPROACH despite his MASSIVE…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Update - Panist in Need
"Char: A man with your PASSION could step up and PLAY A GREAT ROLE. I have read all YOUR POSTINGS!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion PLENTY PLENTY TALK!!! PLENTY PLENTY ARTICLES!!! PLENTY PLENTY IDEAS!!! But things getting worse and worse with PAN IN TRINIDAD!!!
"All dem BIG FANCY IDEAS I read for all these DECADES on the GLOBALIZATION and ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION and SOCIAL REVOLUTION and GENIUS OF THE PAN PLAYERS and THE DEVELOPMENT of PAN YARDS as CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE -- where are we today. We are on the…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion PM: Carnival 2021 is NOT on
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion PM: Carnival 2021 is NOT on
"RUBADIRI promises 55 MILLION VIEWERS on VIRTUAL CREATIVE SECTOR CARNIVAL 2021"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Soca queens to be featured live on Amazon Music's Twitch
"This could be VERY INTERESTING!!! NADIA and PATRICE have ZERO GLOBAL APPEAL. If NAILAH could present the RIGHT MATERIAL -- she has a chance. But I am not sure that THEY UNDERSTAND THE CONTENT that wins over GLOBAL AUDIENCES or they have the VOCAL…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Panist in need
"Sandra: Too bad you are not still on the PAN RINBAGO PAYROLL. Ah hear the EXECUTIVES getting some BIG BIG SALARY -- yuh woulda been able to make a BIG CONTRIBUTION to THIS CAUSE!!!"
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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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