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Claude Gonzales
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Claude Gonzales's Discussions

Yuh see CECIL HINKSON: A simple project like giving out 20 SCHOLARSHIPS -- and BEVERLEY manage to turn that into a NATIONAL SCANDAL and you want me to either STAY QUIET or HEAP PRAISE on her ...

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Dem BEVERLEY SUPPORTERS just like these REPUBLICANS who are blindly supporting DONALD TRUMP to the PERIL of AMERICA -- PARTY FIRST ... COUNTRY SECOND.While allyuh putting BEVERLEY FIRST -- PAN…Continue

BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE fired SANDRA AWAII (on racial grounds) and now MARCUS ASH is PAYING THE PRICE for that ... what a world we live in!!!

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Now most people would not see the CONNECTIONS HERE. So leh me explain THE POLITICS.The girl from TOBAGO was supposed to win that seat -- by a mile!!! Because in BEVERLEY'S MIND she was supposed to be…Continue

In a recent posting RUSSELL PROVIDENCE referenced "The New Butler Associate College" -- so I want to invite BEVERLEY to come to THIS FORUM and explain the link between TNBAC & PAN TRINBAGO ...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russell Providence yesterday. 1 Reply

This SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM seems like a very good cause -- despite the charges of political contamination. So I think that THE FORUM deserves a better explanation of the PROCESS so that we may all have…Continue

AS THE WORLD TURNS and PAN TRINBAGO stays BACKWARD under BEVERLEY -- GUYANA could well become the MECCA OF PAN if the MIDDLE EAST BLOWS UP ...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russell Providence yesterday. 1 Reply

After ONE TIME is REALLY TWO.The MIDDLE EAST is on the edge of EXPLOSION with the possibility of OIL going over $100 a BARREL!!!And the WE-HAVE-OIL-AND-OIL-DOH-SPOIL MECCA OF PAN close down their…Continue

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Yuh see CECIL HINKSON: A simple project like giving out 20 SCHOLARSHIPS -- and BEVERLEY manage to turn that into a NATIONAL SCANDAL and you want me to either STAY QUIET or HEAP PRAISE on her ...

Dem BEVERLEY SUPPORTERS just like these REPUBLICANS who are blindly supporting DONALD TRUMP to the PERIL of AMERICA -- PARTY FIRST ... COUNTRY SECOND.While allyuh putting BEVERLEY FIRST -- PAN PROGRESS SECOND.Look man, I am telling you that BEVERLEY is WAY OUT OF HER LEAGUE in that job. And right now she is SPOOKED and experiencing a TOTAL LOSS OF CONFIDENCE. So what good can she do for PAN PROGRESS in that embattled state of mind. Plus, with all the PROSPERITY IN PAN big speech -- DOCTOR DOLLY…See More
6 hours ago
Russell Providence replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion THE RIGHT HONOURABLE KEITH DIAZ shows up at CURTIS PIERRE'S FUNERAL SERVICE
"Mr Martin Maitland sir, don't be a jackass, I Russell Providence was never measuring anyone's attire. If you cannot read and understand that is your problem. In conclusion, don't make yourself a jackass, try reading and understanding.…"
7 hours ago
Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion THE RIGHT HONOURABLE KEITH DIAZ shows up at CURTIS PIERRE'S FUNERAL SERVICE
"R  E  S  P  E  C  T, RESPECTFUL."
8 hours ago
odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion THE RIGHT HONOURABLE KEITH DIAZ shows up at CURTIS PIERRE'S FUNERAL SERVICE
"Rest In Peace CURTIS PIERRE...when ah DEAD bury meh CLOTHES. Anslem Douglas - Bois (Stick Fight)"
11 hours ago
Jojo replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion THE RIGHT HONOURABLE KEITH DIAZ shows up at CURTIS PIERRE'S FUNERAL SERVICE
"Martin You have been watching too many National Geographic episodes. Whose ancestors were naked before slavery?  Where did you get this nonsense from? Educate…"
13 hours ago
Lennox Borel replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion THE RIGHT HONOURABLE KEITH DIAZ shows up at CURTIS PIERRE'S FUNERAL SERVICE
"Right on, Charles."
20 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion THE RIGHT HONOURABLE KEITH DIAZ shows up at CURTIS PIERRE'S FUNERAL SERVICE
"Cecil: I doh care about the CLOTHES THING!!! I want to know how YOUR PAN TRINBAGO EXECUTIVE represented itself at the funeral. Give me ah report, nah."
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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion THE RIGHT HONOURABLE KEITH DIAZ shows up at CURTIS PIERRE'S FUNERAL SERVICE
"MM, you spoke a mouthful..."
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Martin Maitland replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion THE RIGHT HONOURABLE KEITH DIAZ shows up at CURTIS PIERRE'S FUNERAL SERVICE
"Russell Providence, please stop this slave master crap. If this is the case, you would be happy for Mr. Diaz to appear naked, because that was our ancestor’s way before slavery. It is ridiculous in this day you are measuring attire for a…"
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Russell Providence replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion In a recent posting RUSSELL PROVIDENCE referenced "The New Butler Associate College" -- so I want to invite BEVERLEY to come to THIS FORUM and explain the link between TNBAC & PAN TRINBAGO ...
"New Butler Associate College ADDITIONAL CONTACT INFO nbactt@gmail.com MORE INFO About The New Butler Associate College is a fourth and fifth form secondary school that is located at #15 Scott Bushe Street, Port-of-Spain. NBAC partners with…"
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Charles Assevero replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion THE RIGHT HONOURABLE KEITH DIAZ shows up at CURTIS PIERRE'S FUNERAL SERVICE
"I totally agree with Lenox Borel.  Charles Assevero, Plano, Texas.    "
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Yolanda Morean liked Claude Gonzales's discussion THE RIGHT HONOURABLE KEITH DIAZ shows up at CURTIS PIERRE'S FUNERAL SERVICE
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Lennox Borel replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion THE RIGHT HONOURABLE KEITH DIAZ shows up at CURTIS PIERRE'S FUNERAL SERVICE
"Render your heart and not your garment. Curtis would gave been proud of Mr. Diaz’ presence regardless of his attire."
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Russell Providence replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion AS THE WORLD TURNS and PAN TRINBAGO stays BACKWARD under BEVERLEY -- GUYANA could well become the MECCA OF PAN if the MIDDLE EAST BLOWS UP ...
"An dey fine more oil again, like it have more oil than water in Guyana sea. BREAKING: Exxon strikes oil at Tripletail offshore Guyana"
yesterday
Russell Providence replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion THE RIGHT HONOURABLE KEITH DIAZ shows up at CURTIS PIERRE'S FUNERAL SERVICE
"Mr Hinkson, as a Trinidadian resident in Trinidad, who has had the opportunity to see much, outside of Trinidad, attempting to discipline Mr. Diaz for his attire at a pan pioneer's funeral may be leaning towards disingenuousness. For starters,…"
yesterday
Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion THE RIGHT HONOURABLE KEITH DIAZ shows up at CURTIS PIERRE'S FUNERAL SERVICE
"Aye Russell, ah Tshirt? surely he could have presented himself differently."
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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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