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Claude Gonzales
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Claude Gonzales's Discussions

ALL THE PAN FORUMS DEAD!!! NOBODY EH TALKING ABOUT NUTTEN -- well, except for HOW THINGS WAS LONG TIME ...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cecil hinkson yesterday. 4 Replies

All the HIGH EXPECTATIONS from BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE and her failure to deliver end up KILLING THE PAN DISCUSSIONS.But ah TELLING ALLYUH -- dem WHITE AMERICANS moving at HIGH SPEED to DOMINATE GLOBAL…Continue

At least MICHAEL JOSEPH used to come on THIS FORUM (in the middle of TIEFING 60 MILLION) and mamaguy we with some OLE TALK. But under BEVERLEY -- BIG BIG MAN AND WOMAN have to STAY SILENT!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ingrid Blackwood-Belle yesterday. 3 Replies

NINE MONTHS and NOT A WORD FROM THIS MOST TRANSPARENT PRESIDENT.If she stay silent for another MONTH she running right INTO PANORAMA. And allyuh know that all PAN PEOPLE care about is PANORAMA and…Continue

AQUIL ARRINDELL and THE LIVE EXPERIENCE (PAN) rock MAYARO RESOURCE CENTER

Started this discussion. Last reply by Aquil on Tuesday. 2 Replies

Hundreds of MUSIC LOVERS flooded the MAYARO RESOURCE CENTER last night to enjoy an EVENING OF MUSIC (With Pan) presented by some of the most talented young musicians in the entire land.Satisfied fans…Continue

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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion ALL THE PAN FORUMS DEAD!!! NOBODY EH TALKING ABOUT NUTTEN -- well, except for HOW THINGS WAS LONG TIME ...
"Yuh gotta respect the President, she alone convince all them Trini people that the Medium Band final in Tobago is ah good move, Boi ah frighten for the large bands in 2021..."
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Ingrid Blackwood-Belle replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion ALL THE PAN FORUMS DEAD!!! NOBODY EH TALKING ABOUT NUTTEN -- well, except for HOW THINGS WAS LONG TIME ...
"Claude:  even if the Panorama for Medium Bands is a success in Tobago, there is still the large bands to contend with and, as I said before, as a tourist, I'm not financially able to go to Tobago for medium bands!"
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Ingrid Blackwood-Belle replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion At least MICHAEL JOSEPH used to come on THIS FORUM (in the middle of TIEFING 60 MILLION) and mamaguy we with some OLE TALK. But under BEVERLEY -- BIG BIG MAN AND WOMAN have to STAY SILENT!!!
"Claude:  you've got me spitting out my lunch today ...."
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion ALL THE PAN FORUMS DEAD!!! NOBODY EH TALKING ABOUT NUTTEN -- well, except for HOW THINGS WAS LONG TIME ...
"Well Brenda: I fully expected this FAILED LEADERSHIP!!! So I am NOT DISAPPOINTED!!! But meh PARDNER CECIL HINKSON shedding BITTER TEARS because the thought that THE BEV was SENT BY THE LORD FROM HEAVEN ABOVE TO INTEGRATE THE PAN WITH PEACE,…"
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Brenda Hosang replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion ALL THE PAN FORUMS DEAD!!! NOBODY EH TALKING ABOUT NUTTEN -- well, except for HOW THINGS WAS LONG TIME ...
"Claude, Disappointment is a  hard pill to swallow. Brenda H."
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion At least MICHAEL JOSEPH used to come on THIS FORUM (in the middle of TIEFING 60 MILLION) and mamaguy we with some OLE TALK. But under BEVERLEY -- BIG BIG MAN AND WOMAN have to STAY SILENT!!!
"CECIL HINKSON: You are probably THE MOST HONEST PERSON that I ever met in MY LIFE!!! But -- as you know -- in the world today with DISHONEST LYING TRUMP ... HONESTY IS A THING OF THE PAST!!! BEVERLEY IS A LYING FRAUD!!!"
yesterday
Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion At least MICHAEL JOSEPH used to come on THIS FORUM (in the middle of TIEFING 60 MILLION) and mamaguy we with some OLE TALK. But under BEVERLEY -- BIG BIG MAN AND WOMAN have to STAY SILENT!!!
"Boi, I saw a pic. of the executive talking with the Tobago House of Assembly. all energies are geared to  Medium Bands finals in Tobago, they doh have time for the other stuff."
Thursday
Aquil replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion AQUIL ARRINDELL and THE LIVE EXPERIENCE (PAN) rock MAYARO RESOURCE CENTER
Tuesday
BEDE LOPEZ liked Claude Gonzales's discussion When you look at the BODY OF WORK, would you consider THE MIGHTY SPARROW an EXPLOITER and AMBULANCE CHASER?
Monday
Aquil replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion AQUIL ARRINDELL and THE LIVE EXPERIENCE (PAN) rock MAYARO RESOURCE CENTER
"Thank you Mr Claude for the first half of your article. Yes, last night was another successful concert and mention must be made that Mr. Simba Amani is also part of management and should be given credit as one of the major driving forces behind its…"
Monday
masai hall replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion When you look at the BODY OF WORK, would you consider THE MIGHTY SPARROW an EXPLOITER and AMBULANCE CHASER?
"Somebody sang a calypso, back in the day; with the punchline - "The day Nelson Katon and Rocky McCollin dead, dem imposters go beg dey bread. I always wondered about the back stories."
Sunday
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Cordell “Spongy” Barbour - Steelpan Great
"What a wonderful story!!! I LIMED with SPONGY and PATRICK PRESCOD a few times together on DIVISADERO AVENUE in SAN FRANCISCO in the EARLY EIGHTIES!!!. GREAT WRITING!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Siparia pannists need $ for US tour
"I CANNOT CORRECT YOU -- Mr. PROVIDENCE!!!"
Jul 13

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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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