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Claude Gonzales's Discussions

I love it when EXPATS lament as in this case with SALMON CUPID!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by merrytonestothebone 4 hours ago. 2 Replies

"It has been 25 years since I have been teaching Music with the Toronto Board Of Education using the Steelpan as the main instrument. I teach music during the day as a subject. It’s very unfortunate…Continue

PAN TRINBAGO is now a SECRET SOCIETY under BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE -- what a shame after all her PROMISES of TRANSPARENCY!!!

Started 19 hours ago 0 Replies

BEVERLEY have the WHOLE PAN COMMUNITY under VOWS OF SILENCE (The MAFIA OMERTA CODE) about what is going on in the PAN TRINBAGO MEETINGS.And this is a WOMAN who PROMISED TRANSPARENCY!!!To make matters…Continue

bugs: You started a GOOD PROJECT. We could compile a list of 20 EXPATS who TOOK PAN TO THE WORLD!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude Gonzales 47 minutes ago. 19 Replies

So far we have YOUR THREE and ONE from WHEN STEEL TALKS. I am adding SALAH WILSON and Robert Greenidge and Lawford Dupres and Ken Lawrence!!!. Merrytonestothebone added Rudy Smith and Othello…Continue

If BARR could release the MUELLER REPORT (HIGHLY REDACTED) -- why can't BEVERLEY release the DOLLY FORENSIC REPORT on CORRUPTION (UNREDACTED)?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cecil hinkson on Thursday. 1 Reply

SIXTY MILLION DOLLARS disappeared under NINE YEARS of DIAZ and FORTEAU and JOSEPH and SHEPPARD RULE!!!And a report was handed over to DOLLY and BEVERLEY.Why can't they release it so that the…Continue

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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion bugs: You started a GOOD PROJECT. We could compile a list of 20 EXPATS who TOOK PAN TO THE WORLD!!!
"Earl and merrytonestothebone: Suddenly I realize how many TRINIDADIANS actually built this PAN CASTLE in so many FOREIGN LANDS. Earl: Nobody eh going and FACT CHECK this book -- so if yuh make up a nice story about yourself and you take out some…"
47 minutes ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion bugs: You started a GOOD PROJECT. We could compile a list of 20 EXPATS who TOOK PAN TO THE WORLD!!!
"To make it clear: I am sticking with the EXPAT PROJECT (the LOCAL PROJECT is way out of my reach -- somebody in Trinidad could do that)  but I was planning to add LAWFORD DUPRES and maybe one PAN TUNER from Trinidad ... and they are not really…"
51 minutes ago
merrytonestothebone replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion bugs: You started a GOOD PROJECT. We could compile a list of 20 EXPATS who TOOK PAN TO THE WORLD!!!
"Nutten wrong with that as the main headline but still prepare two lists...local and expat..."
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earl richards replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion bugs: You started a GOOD PROJECT. We could compile a list of 20 EXPATS who TOOK PAN TO THE WORLD!!!
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion bugs: You started a GOOD PROJECT. We could compile a list of 20 EXPATS who TOOK PAN TO THE WORLD!!!
"merrytonestothebone: With your permission I want to change the TITLE to "GLOBAL PIONEERS OF STEELDRUM MUSIC". That way I can throw in some LOCALS who made GLOBAL CONTRIBUTIONS without actually EXPATTING to FOREIGN."
2 hours ago
merrytonestothebone replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion bugs: You started a GOOD PROJECT. We could compile a list of 20 EXPATS who TOOK PAN TO THE WORLD!!!
3 hours ago
merrytonestothebone replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion I love it when EXPATS lament as in this case with SALMON CUPID!!!
"Oh yes...Can't leave Salmon out at all...Very important expat in the mix..."
4 hours ago
odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion bugs: You started a GOOD PROJECT. We could compile a list of 20 EXPATS who TOOK PAN TO THE WORLD!!!
"Taj Mahal - Salsa de Laventille Composer/arranger Robert Greenidge"
4 hours ago
odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion bugs: You started a GOOD PROJECT. We could compile a list of 20 EXPATS who TOOK PAN TO THE WORLD!!!
13 hours ago
Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion I love it when EXPATS lament as in this case with SALMON CUPID!!!
"Personally, I like SALMON CUPID. I think that he is the MOST DYNAMIC PAN PERSON that I have EVER MET. Which reminds me that I have to add him to the bugs and merrytonestothebone EXPAT ACHIEVEMENT LIST."
15 hours ago
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion PanGEA (Pan Global Education Alliance) workshop plans to bring pan education into the 21st century
"“We need to decolonize music education in T&T." We need to DECOLONIZE Panorama Arrangements in T&T PANORAMA and be proud to PLAY a CALYPSO in CALYPSO instead of COLONIAL IMAGERY!!! Listen to THIS CALYPSO and then listen to the…"
18 hours ago
BEDE LOPEZ replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion bugs: You started a GOOD PROJECT. We could compile a list of 20 EXPATS who TOOK PAN TO THE WORLD!!!
"let the members , make their suggestion and you can pick some of the suggwesions, I suggest  Leslie Jordan, he have a great knoweledg of the now famous 4ths and 5ths, ,"
19 hours ago
merrytonestothebone replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion bugs: You started a GOOD PROJECT. We could compile a list of 20 EXPATS who TOOK PAN TO THE WORLD!!!
"Tommy Crichlow ... Canada http://tommycrichlow.com"
21 hours ago
Lawford Dupres replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion bugs: You started a GOOD PROJECT. We could compile a list of 20 EXPATS who TOOK PAN TO THE WORLD!!!
"Thanks for the feedback. My memories would go back to the 50's and later, so if you find a collater/author for the book I'd be able to make a small contribution to the records. Good luck with the project!"
21 hours ago
merrytonestothebone replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion bugs: You started a GOOD PROJECT. We could compile a list of 20 EXPATS who TOOK PAN TO THE WORLD!!!
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Claude Gonzales's Blog

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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