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Claude Gonzales
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A good read on MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY as BIDEN and HARRIS TAKE CHARGE!!!

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July 15, 2020"Urban Exodus: Bay Area Northern California cities that gained and lost large numbers of…Continue

BIDEN to give STATUS to 11 MILLION UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS -- under PRESSURE FROM HISPANIC LEADERS. Do you know what this is going to do to BLACK AMERICA?

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The real number will turn into 20 MILLION. In CALIFORNIA alone it is about TEN MILLION. (Not to mention all the children they DROPPED over the last 20 years.) I just don't know how AFRICAN AMERICAN…Continue

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Aquil replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion So GREGORY LINDSAY play fas' with himself and try to steal the LIMELIGHT from the WOMAN IS BOSS PRESIDENT -- that was the end of him and the CORN PROJECT ...
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Brenda Hosang liked Claude Gonzales's discussion I still can't get over THIS RECORDING by FREDDY HARRIS III -- and this is a good week to play it. Cecil Hinkson: Tell KEISHA to LISTEN and LEARN!!!
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Brenda Hosang replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion I still can't get over THIS RECORDING by FREDDY HARRIS III -- and this is a good week to play it. Cecil Hinkson: Tell KEISHA to LISTEN and LEARN!!!
"Claude... I listened and by the end I realized I was concentrating so much on the song that I hardly heard the background music. Brenda h."
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Aquil replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion GREGORY LINDSAY calls for THE FIRING OF THE PRO; QUITS LAND DEVELOPMENT CORN PLANTING PROJECT; ACCUSES THE PRESIDENT OF USING THE PROJECT FOR POLITCAL PURPOSES ... ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK
"check out the show people. very informative."
19 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion VIRTUAL CARNIVAL 2021 & COVID 19 TV6 Morning Edition
"This interview made me see where Rubadiri is coming from -- but he sees ALL the TRADITIONS of CARNIVAL as marketable and that approach will kill the golden goose if he ever the support (financing) to present his ideas!!! "THE NCC IS MISTAKEN…"
Saturday
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion A Moment in Pan -- Keisha Codrington
"TOO MUCH TRINIDAD STYLING!!!"
Thursday
Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion RAID THE BARN -- Ah hear BEVERLEY PLANTING CORN ...
"Beverley plant peas in Tobago, planting corn in T'dad is ah breeze....."
Thursday
Claude Gonzales posted discussions
Jan 11
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion EDITORIAL - Pan Trinbago’s opportunity
"How long I talking about GLOBAL PAN MUSIC???? But THEY CANNOT CREATE the QUALITY MUSIC that this EDITORIAL is CALLING FOR!!!"
Jan 11
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion The Best Musical Product I have ever seen come out of TRINIDAD -- in terms of GLOBAL POTENTIAL. Makes me want to be A ZESSER -- but I am too old!!!
"Most of all, I like THE  DANCE -- one step towards CIVILITY. But that is another discussion!!! Ah thought that I have seen it all -- but I may have to make ONE MORE TRIP to TRINIDAD to attend a ZESSER PARTY. All I need is a BIG LONG CHAIN and…"
Jan 5
Aquil replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion As THE BIDEN-HARRIS INAUGURATION approaches and PATRIOTISM and HOPE RISE -- PAN pays "trinibute" to AMERICA!!! And I want FREDDY HARRIS III to know that NOBODY in the whole wide world has enjoyed ...
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Jan 4
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion A Sad State of Affairs, Indeed. - The PROSPEROUS QUEEN OF PAN
"... but how SHARMAIN could leave out the part where MADAME PRESIDENT lent $350,000 (THIRTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS) to her PERSONAL FRIEND (The Current DO NOTHING pretending-to-be PRO) to pay his PERSONAL DEBTS? Anyway, RACE GONE -- THE 2021 CAMPAIGN…"
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Aquil replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion A TRIBUTE TO PATRICK ARNOLD: PAN NIGHT AND DAY
"nice recording "
Jan 2
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Seeking justice for Lion Sleeps Tonight composer
"I looked at the DOCUMENTARY last night -- what a COMPLEX TALE. More sides than an OCTAGON!!!"
Dec 31, 2020
Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion THE VIRTUAL CARNIVAL 2021 IS ON
"I am LOOKING FORWARD to THIS VIRTUAL CARNIVAL!!!"
Dec 29, 2020

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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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