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Claude Gonzales
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I am quite willing to go down THE ROAD that MR. GERARD CLARKE and MR. GEORGE RAMPERSAD were trying to lead me -- but I want them to read this article FIRST (Session Notes: Recording Steel Drums)

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Session Notes: Recording Steel Drums"Recording Steel Drums: Our engineer rises to the unfamiliar challenge of capturing a loud steel band in their octagonal rehearsal building."…Continue

Imagine a man WRITE THIS CALYPSO DECADES AGO: CLEAR THE WAY -- GUYANA COMING BACK!!!

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Trinidad had plenty oilBut like all the oil spoilThe LABOUR UNIONBankrupt the NATION ...So, CLEAR THE WAY ...GUYANA COMING BACK!!!Continue

GREGORY LINDSAY: 20,000 MEMBERS of WHEN STEEL TALKS are waiting for your REPORTS on THE FORENSIC AUDIT and the CORRUPT VEE PEE ..

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So please come on and GIVE US SOME UPDATES!!!As you know, BEVERLEY is caught between A ROCK and  A HARD PLACE. How will she respond as the GLOBAL AUDIENCE OF PAN awaits her DECISION?Her FIRST LOYALTY…Continue

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Claude Gonzales posted discussions
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Lilian Sten replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Is "THE IRON" dead (or dying) in the MODERN STEELBAND?
""When de iron fall- de ban tumble" David Rudder, "Engine Room". Nuff said."
17 hours ago
Lilian Sten replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Is "THE IRON" dead (or dying) in the MODERN STEELBAND?
"Claude, recordings of Live Pan would be more than magical with the right sound engineer and music producer. Still missing ."
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Is "THE IRON" dead (or dying) in the MODERN STEELBAND?
"Bugs: OFF TOPIC!!! I want you to checkout "LIONHEART" on NETFLIX -- especially the SOUND TRACK!!! To be honest I did not quite finish the whole movie because I fell asleep on it and will finish it today. But since I have you here -- I am…"
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Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Is "THE IRON" dead (or dying) in the MODERN STEELBAND?
"This is where the Panorama "bad taste" Police must step in. It should be state clearly in the rules overuse of these percussive instruments will result in a -10 points from score. But I think as long as bands who promote this don't…"
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Noah replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Is "THE IRON" dead (or dying) in the MODERN STEELBAND?
"We don't always agree Cecil but I was about to say this very same thing..."
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George Rampersad replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Is "THE IRON" dead (or dying) in the MODERN STEELBAND?
"Respect bro, yuh right. De synthesizer is ah instrument dat does use the electronics dat in it tuh reproduce de sound ah odder instruments. De synthesizer doh have a “synthesizer” sound, like ah guitar have ah “guitar” sound,…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Congratulations - Odie Franklin named 2020 Panorama arranger of Steel Xplosion Steel Orchestra - Medium band category
"DEM YANKEE TRINIS well wasting their time!!! DEM TRINIS will never give them a PANORAMA WIN."
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Gerard Clarke replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Is "THE IRON" dead (or dying) in the MODERN STEELBAND?
"Synthesizer is artificial pan music and not authentic. Real pan music is from 45 gallon barrels /drums. I know certain people will want to involve me in talk wit this.....doh waste yuh time.."
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Gerard Clarke replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Is "THE IRON" dead (or dying) in the MODERN STEELBAND?
"Synthesizer is artificial pan music, not authentic. Real pan music comes from 45 gallon barrels/drums."
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion All-female band takes in men - Pan judges sit in middle of road
""The next stop was Laventille Road, Febeau Village, San Juan, where judges Michele Dowrich, Damion Phillip, Jeanette Johnson and Kenrick J Noel proved themselves true lovers of the national instrument. Accommodations at the Laventille Road…"
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odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion I was looking at an INTERVIEW on CNN tonight and the INTERVIEWEE said: CHANGE ALWAYS COMES FROM THE OUTSIDE!!!
"Woman is Boss..."
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Peter deLight replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion I was looking at an INTERVIEW on CNN tonight and the INTERVIEWEE said: CHANGE ALWAYS COMES FROM THE OUTSIDE!!!
"CIRCUMVENTED? .... THE WORLD? — MANY TIMES OVER? Nah Nah Mr G.  I disagree. Totally. Why would he? What do you see?  Just an inquiry!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Cecil hinkson's discussion HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEVERLEY RAMSAY MOORE.
"A STEELBAND could NEVER COVER a CALYPSO like an ORIGINAL and this is where I DIVERGE with the PAN LOVERS ..."
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion A Moment in Pan - Honoring All Pan Tuners - Yesterday and Today November 7
"Sherman: How come you did not ADD -- PATRICK ARNOLD or GERARD CLARKE?"
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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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