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Trini limbo queen makes it on the Ellen DeGeneres show

Started this discussion. Last reply by bob diaz Feb 20, 2017. 10 Replies

I would like to congratulate Shemika Charles for her debut on the Ellen Show as the undisputed queen of limbo, She and her family band "Caribbean Extravaganza" Steel band led by Paul Ferrette, son of…Continue

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bob diaz commented on Pan Times's video

Flight of the Bumblebee - NYU Steel featuring Dr. Mia Gormandy-Benjamin

"Now as a trini I know that panorama bands could sound just as good because despers version of this song proved it..The reason despers sounded like this band is not the capability of the players but the discipline despers display on every…"
May 17
bob diaz replied to Pan Times's discussion Happy Birthday to Robert Greenidge
"Robert Greenidge is one of the main reasons I'm so disappointed in the progress of pan. I;ve been a musician for the greater part of my life and traveled enough to be an authority on the subject. Lets step out of our natural genre Calypso/soca…"
Apr 28
bob diaz replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Could somebody explain to me why this "PAN VIDEO" got almost FOUR MILLION VIEWS?
"I wrote a calypso about the use and none use of pan in the calypso world but didnt push it to the masses I asked my brother Sunshine Diaz to present it to the artists he backed up but I'm still waiting. The lyrics is about using the tenor pan…"
Dec 28, 2018
bob diaz replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Could somebody explain to me why this "PAN VIDEO" got almost FOUR MILLION VIEWS?
"I have tried to explain that many times but its still misunderstood. this is how I tell it best when I was in Dubai performing at the "wonderland theme park" there were acts from all over the world some world famous others average like our…"
Dec 27, 2018
bob diaz replied to Pan Times's discussion Ken "Professor" Philmore has passed
"Deepest condolences to the Professor who has contributed a lot to the success of Caribbean Extravaganza with his arrangements that was compatible to smaller steel bands..The Diaz clan will always  keep his memory going as our youngest member…"
Oct 1, 2018
bob diaz replied to Glenroy R Joseph's discussion Recognizing our Pan Pioneers
"I hear you loud and clear Glenroy, and I even agree with you about the minimized effort to promote pan in its home country...Elite tuners like Guppy Brown, Bertam (Burch) Errol Moore and many others followed in the shadows of Bertie Marshal, Tony…"
Sep 3, 2018
bob diaz commented on Charlene Lusk's blog post The Ellie Experience
"NIce words Ansel and well informed.  As one who was authorized to tune in Ellie's name in many US cities you should be very proud to be entrusted with his legacy.. By the way I'm still waiting for you to fix my F#, I already pay you…"
Sep 3, 2018
bob diaz replied to Pan Times's discussion Ellie Mannette, Father of the Modern Steel Drum, Dies at 90 - NY Times
"Thank you Andy for that detailed and accurate eulogy of the mystro, the man who introduced the art form to the white house dinner table under President bill Clinton.When he started in the fifties pan was unwelcomed in society and girls were warned…"
Sep 1, 2018
bob diaz commented on Pan Times's video

Desperadoes - Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

"Many bands show greatness periodically but I must admit my bias for the consistency of Desperadoes. For decades they have proven superiority in tone production, arrangements and discipline. Ever since I heard their arrangement of Sparrow's Mr…"
May 29, 2018
bob diaz replied to Pan Times's discussion These Tri-City siblings drum together — and stay together
"this is how most great creations begin.  I hope it isnt just a hobby to be forgotten in a few yrs but continue to be an inspiration for other siblings to follow.."
Dec 16, 2017
bob diaz replied to Pan Times's discussion Happy Birthday to Claude Gonzales
"happy birthday Claude, lets do this for each other for as long as we can because when we are beyond middle age its "any day now" as we see our peers drifting away to the land of mortality..enjoy,  its all yours.. Bob Diaz.."
Dec 16, 2017
bob diaz replied to BEDE LOPEZ's discussion INVADERS AND TOKYO STEELBAND CLASH
"Most of you have a few facts right but its like the bible where bits and pieces come together. Edward it couldnt have been 66 because I was in the Bahamas then and I also was at the scene at the hospital when despers and San Juan all stars…"
Nov 18, 2017
bob diaz replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion ALL I WANT is for ONE TRINIDAD PAN GENIUS to make some PAN MUSIC that meets my taste!!!
"That depends on your taste Claude, is it personal or national. If its personal there are lots of variety out there to choose from .For me despers never fail to provide the kind of pan music I like.. They play with a stage side or road side but their…"
Nov 9, 2017
bob diaz replied to Pan Times's discussion Narell’s Wildly Experimental New Album Jives With His Upcoming Induction Into the Percussive Hall of Fame
"We are getting yet another chance to mobilize pan to an era of inclusiveness world wide and Andy is the medium to take us there. His knowledge of the musical styles of both cultures combined could produce a new evolution of great things to come. For…"
Nov 6, 2017
bob diaz replied to Pan Times's discussion Happy Birthday to master tuner Ellie Mannette
"happy birthday Ellie. I guess I am among those who got to know you after you migrated to the US, but as it was a great loss to T&T it was a huge gain for me and my brother Paul Ferrette.Our band Caribbean Extravaganza couldnt have survived this…"
Nov 6, 2017

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I am the second son of the late Cyril Diaz who was the first to combine steel pan and regular instruments together.I am in a steel band called caribbean extravaganza from buffalo NY

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At 9:01pm on September 24, 2015, Charlene Lusk said…

Mr. Bob Diaz, how are you? I hope fine, it's been a while since I came on line and happen to see your reply to my wife /me. So I am taking this opportunity to hit you up for a minute. Hey I got to arrange for you to come and visit even if I have to send a ticket, it's about time I looked you in the man and give you a piece of my mind it's all good though. Tell me something man I still out here in the desert doing my thing between California schools and Mexico's musical Organizations,what's up with you and Ferretti?



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