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Claude Gonzales
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Just because Mikhail Salcedo's SOLOS could only impress 1981 square miles of the entire earth is NO REASON for merrytonestothebone to be UPSET WITH ME ... blame dem INTERNATIONAL JUDGES -- NOT ME!!!

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... EVERYBODY VEX WITH ME because TRINIDAD PAN MUSIC does not equate with GLOBAL PAN MUSIC. Sorry Folks!!! DOH BLAME ME!!! ALL I DO IS LISTEN!!!In THE BAY AREA if you are driving down the road and…Continue

Everybody knows that I spent years on THIS FORUM dreaming about a GLOBAL PAN STAR from TRINIDAD ... but now that our POTENTIAL STARS were GLOBALLY HUMILIATED -- my dreams have turned to ASHES!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude Gonzales 12 hours ago. 1 Reply

WHAT NOW MY TRINI PAN LOVE? I ask with TEARS IN MY EYES!!!THIS ONE IS FOR RUSSELL PROVIDENCE and MERRYTONESTOTHEBONETHIS ONE IS FOR MY LONDON GIRLFRIENDTHIS ONE IS FOR MY TEXAS BOYFRIEND (Ah doh want…Continue

CECIL HINKSON is MY BOSS on THIS FORUM and he asked me to reprise this article by George Goddard Jr

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cecil hinkson 4 hours ago. 1 Reply

To All Panists:Re: Steel Pan Blueprint For Success (Rough Draft Edit)Hi to all,Recently, a pan colleague asked me what were my ideas on what needs to be done to “revive the pan movement...” (as he…Continue

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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion CECIL HINKSON is MY BOSS on THIS FORUM and he asked me to reprise this article by George Goddard Jr
"Thank you Claude.."
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion FOURTH OF JULY: Who want to complain -- they could!!! But I LOVE AMERICA!!! And there are 5 MILLION MEXICANS waiting on the border to come over if they get a chance -- POLICE BRUTALITY or NOT ...
"Freddy Harris does some licks in that PAN PERFORMANCE that totally mesmerizes me -- and allyuh know that i am a hard man to reach with THE PAN. I don't know but the guy has some touches that reach my soul in a MOST TRINIDAD WAY. HAPPY FOURTH OF…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Everybody knows that I spent years on THIS FORUM dreaming about a GLOBAL PAN STAR from TRINIDAD ... but now that our POTENTIAL STARS were GLOBALLY HUMILIATED -- my dreams have turned to ASHES!!!
"TRUTH BE TOLD: EXODUS KILLED MY DREAM!!! Not that I did not KNOW IT -- because I have always argued THE FACTS without AMMUNITION. But them INTERNATIONAL JUDGES put NUCLEAR WEAPONS in my GUN when I thought that it was loaded with PEPPER SPRAY!!! OH…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE that ANDRE WHITE is in the LEAD SPOT to become THE NEXT ARRANGER of SILVER STARS STEELBAND ...
"All I could tell you at THIS POINT is that OVER 25 PEOPLE APPLIED FOR THE JOB!!! But I am still stuck in THE INTERNATIONAL 2020 PANORAMA -- searching like a MADMAN to read some reviews from the LOCAL NEWSPAPERS on THE EVENT!!! If you find any --…"
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George Rampersad replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion GEORGE RAMPERSAD speaks on BEHALF OF PAN PLAYERS ...
"Yeah - ah couple times..."
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Russell Providence replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion GEORGE RAMPERSAD speaks on BEHALF OF PAN PLAYERS ...
"Doh reinvent Bellies wheel with a few spokes from it. Forgive me if you an Bellies did build that wheel together, Otherwise..."
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Andre-Roger Dellevi replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion GEORGE RAMPERSAD speaks on BEHALF OF PAN PLAYERS ...
"Anyone listening???"
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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE that ANDRE WHITE is in the LEAD SPOT to become THE NEXT ARRANGER of SILVER STARS STEELBAND ...
"Claude I hope you got good news, Andre will fit nicely with Silver Stars."
21 hours ago
Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion GEORGE RAMPERSAD speaks on BEHALF OF PAN PLAYERS ...
"Aye Claude, time to re-post George Goddard jr  Blueprint for the Steelband ."
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Andre-Roger Dellevi replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion GEORGE RAMPERSAD speaks on BEHALF OF PAN PLAYERS ...
"George, ran across this gem.  Have you posted here in WST before???"
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Andre-Roger Dellevi liked Claude Gonzales's discussion Duvone Stewart and Salmon Cupid: These could be two GLOBAL AMBASSADORS FOR PAN!
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion They say that HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF: After 30 years ... ABU BAKR TAKE OVER!!!
"NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE could UNDERSTAND THE CONSTRUCT OF THIS CALYPSO -- NOT EVEN THE VOCALIST ... because he is FROM GRENADA.  CALYPSO IS A COMPLEX BUSINESS -- FOR REAL TRINIDADIANS!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion They say that HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF: After 30 years ... ABU BAKR TAKE OVER!!!
"Anybody could POST A CALYPSO ... but who COULD Y+UNDERSTAND CALYPSO LYRICS ... DONE DEAD AND BURY and LEAVE ME as THE DEFAULT ANALYST!!! I eh good like NAIPAUL and GORDON ROHLEUR -- but DEM DONE DEAD AND BURY ... and, furthermore, calypso lyrics is…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion They say that HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF: After 30 years ... ABU BAKR TAKE OVER!!!
"NEIGHBOR: WATER MORE THAN FOUR!!! Allyuh understand that line?"
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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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