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REMEMBERING ARROW: Calypso History Month

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What really riles me about the PAN MOVEMENT today is the mind impingement line "agreed by the membership" that BEVERLEY has been successful in selling to the HAPLESS PAN MEN

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She comes up with the ideas and the MINDLESS MEMBERS go along with VOTING FOR IT out of FEAR, REPRISAL  and ------- (ah doh want to write out the word) and then she runs out and tells the media that…Continue

[MERRYTONESTOTHEBONE is the MOST INFLUENTIAL VOICE ON THIS FORUM] Panorama 2020 launches tomorrow -- [and ONE MAN could only play for ONE BAND]!!!

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KEITH ANDERSONTRINIDAD GUARDIANOctober 19, 2019"There are two ma­jor changes agreed to by the mem­ber­ship.1: Bands will be judged on the song they se­lect. They can­not change vers­es in (songs)…Continue

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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion REMEMBERING ARROW: Calypso History Month
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion REMEMBERING ARROW: Calypso History Month
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Steel Pan In Guyana – How It All Began
"Jerome: You should let BYGONES BE BYGONES and try to get back in THE LOCAL SYSTEM. I think that GUYANA is positioned to become a WORLD LEADER in STEELDRUM MUSIC if they have THE RIGHT VISION. (And, of course, if they get past THIS NEXT…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to earl richards's discussion If a steelband in any category is found guilty of breaking this rule(one player per band) will points be deducted,disqualification or a slap on the hand, or is this rule/law an ass?
"Earl: This President (Cecil's President) is more of a POLITICIAN than an ADMINISTRATOR. So once she is giving THE IMPRESSION (like talking to the GUARDIAN) that she has put a POLICY IN PLACE to bring some integrity to the PANORAMA COMPETITION…"
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jerome ebenezer clarke replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Steel Pan In Guyana – How It All Began
"Well written and said Claude ,i was a Teacher and had resigned because of injustice meted out to my former students  i do hope that those who  were involved with this negativity read my comment ,, at least i aint lie ,"
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earl richards replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion [MERRYTONESTOTHEBONE is the MOST INFLUENTIAL VOICE ON THIS FORUM] Panorama 2020 launches tomorrow -- [and ONE MAN could only play for ONE BAND]!!!
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earl richards replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion [MERRYTONESTOTHEBONE is the MOST INFLUENTIAL VOICE ON THIS FORUM] Panorama 2020 launches tomorrow -- [and ONE MAN could only play for ONE BAND]!!!
"It is up to PANTRINBAGO to enforce this ONE PLAYER PER BAND RULE or is the responsibility of the BAND LEADERS to enforce this RULE.  "
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion [MERRYTONESTOTHEBONE is the MOST INFLUENTIAL VOICE ON THIS FORUM] Panorama 2020 launches tomorrow -- [and ONE MAN could only play for ONE BAND]!!!
"Why would PAN TRINBGO make such an announcement when they know that they CANNOT IMPLEMENT IT?"
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odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion [MERRYTONESTOTHEBONE is the MOST INFLUENTIAL VOICE ON THIS FORUM] Panorama 2020 launches tomorrow -- [and ONE MAN could only play for ONE BAND]!!!
"Too indiscipline to FOLLOW RULES! Mighty Chalkdust - Shortcut Society"
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BEDE LOPEZ replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion [MERRYTONESTOTHEBONE is the MOST INFLUENTIAL VOICE ON THIS FORUM] Panorama 2020 launches tomorrow -- [and ONE MAN could only play for ONE BAND]!!!
"Trinis, are trichadadians, you cyar stop the it will be too costly to enforce this, rule,"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion [MERRYTONESTOTHEBONE is the MOST INFLUENTIAL VOICE ON THIS FORUM] Panorama 2020 launches tomorrow -- [and ONE MAN could only play for ONE BAND]!!!
"Cecil: With a GLOBAL PLATFORM like the one that PAN TRINBAGO has, all they need is an ERO with some diplomatic skills and he could reach out both LOCALLY and INTERNATIONALLY to get a DATABASE BUILT (at NO or MINIMAL COST) with the 6000 registered…"
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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion [MERRYTONESTOTHEBONE is the MOST INFLUENTIAL VOICE ON THIS FORUM] Panorama 2020 launches tomorrow -- [and ONE MAN could only play for ONE BAND]!!!
"It is difficult to enforce this rule, unless there hire some CRACKSHOT POLICE..."
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merrytonestothebone replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion [MERRYTONESTOTHEBONE is the MOST INFLUENTIAL VOICE ON THIS FORUM] Panorama 2020 launches tomorrow -- [and ONE MAN could only play for ONE BAND]!!!
"I'll believe it when I see it...If and when they announce a fail-safe to counter people playing for more than one band in each category I'll kinda feel comfortable....When I last enquired, they had no way of ensuring that players…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to earl richards's discussion I salute this poster in calypso( Best Things In Life Are Free) for giving us free advise in ADM,MARKETING and MUSIC to make Pan Beautifully in the MECCA OF PAN. ARE WE LISTENING>
"Earl: Ah was just reading POLITICO.COM and sine this is CALYPSO HISTORY MONTH and BOTH AH WE just LOVE CALYPSO -- I am sure that you will GET THE POINT!!! Here is the news item: "Responding to stinging criticism, President Donald Trump on…"
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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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