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Claude Gonzales
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Claude Gonzales's Discussions

Ah tell allyuh that dey KILLING EXPATS when dey go to TRINIDAD and allyuh doh believe me ...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude Gonzales 8 hours ago. 1 Reply

I could write ah long story on this and the political motivation ... but this is a PNM FORUM!!!…Continue

I think that BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE should give AQUIL ARRINDELL a special appointment in her CABINET!!!

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Imagine if MARCUS ASH and AQUIL ARRINDELL were both involved in PAN PROGRESS in PAN TRINBAGO. PAN PROGRESS will take off like a ROCKET under these two young fellahs.So I am appealing to THE BEV to…Continue

CALYPSO OF THE DAY: BLACK INVENTIONS!!!

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A momentary lapse of reason ... I HOPE!!! But I know better since this is an AFRO-CENTRIC PNM FORUM!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude Gonzales 10 hours ago. 1 Reply

As merrytonestothebone likes to say: What cockroach doing in FOWL BUSINESS?But I feel compelled to EXPLAIN some THINGS POLITIC to THIS FORUM!!!Everybody is quiet because they were expecting the GREAT…Continue

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odw replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion CALYPSO OF THE DAY: BLACK INVENTIONS!!!
"Mighty Duke - Teach The Children"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion REAL NICE 2019 SOCA!!! Farmer Nappy - Hookin Meh!!!
"THE RED BOYZ -- dey REAL WICKED!!!"
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earl richards replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Well the SUPER MAJORITY putting real pressure on the lone ALIEN in the CAMP!!!
"Claude!!! A few NBA season ago i told you that Lebron James wife asked him what he wants for dinner and he replied Curry Chicken with Greens at the side. But last night he told her the Curry is unfit and the greens is withered so he will settle for…"
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earl richards replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Putting convicts to work [to make PANS, too] a good move
"Well, Well, Well!!. A very good plan indeed. Could this plan be implemented to include building or finishing the long awaited Pantrinbago headquarters, after all this is important too."
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earl richards replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion EARL RICHARDS: How yuh WOMAN IS BOSS PRESIDENT silent so?
"Look hear Claude!!! You did not come to Trinidad & Tobago by Boat, So these saying are in your VOCABULARY!!! PATIENCE IS VIRTUE AND  GOOD THINGS COMES TO THOSE WHO WAIT!!!. Is either you are IMPATIENT or SUFFERING from THREE CONCUSSIONS in…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Well the SUPER MAJORITY putting real pressure on the lone ALIEN in the CAMP!!!
"bugs: Doh matter how good the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS look in the REGULAR SEASON -- they always get KNOCKED OUT in the PLAYOFFS. DITTO for the CINCINNATI BENGALS!!! Well doh talk about the TORONTO RAPTORS -- sure to LOSE in the FIRST ROUND!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion A TRIBUTE to PATRICK ARNOLD founder of the OUR BOYS STEELBAND and 12-year PRESIDENT of PAN TRINBAGO
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Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Well the SUPER MAJORITY putting real pressure on the lone ALIEN in the CAMP!!!
"Cecil  Claude got up this morning and saw Toronto's record and lost it. De Curry bad. De Green is ah lunatic. De Durant is unhappy and is coming to New York. And De Clay is joining King James as Laker next year. Talk about the falling of a…"
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Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Well the SUPER MAJORITY putting real pressure on the lone ALIEN in the CAMP!!!
"Are we talking about the same past PRO of gangsta inc.  Claude, give us one thing that the gangstas' PRO said that was true? So now are we to look for "Professionalism" over integrity? Your concussion is working overtime. I heard…"
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Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Well the SUPER MAJORITY putting real pressure on the lone ALIEN in the CAMP!!!
"Pan Trinbago meeting on 4th December 2018."
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion 2018 - Pan Trinbago Regional Elections Nominations
"Across the nation, you have 38 (THIRTY EIGHT) people running PAN TRINBAGO and the whole organization is nothing but a bureaucratic boondoggle driven by corruption and maladministration. Ah thought Salisha James loss at the HIGH LEVEL!!! What she…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Aquil Arrindell: After watching your CONCERT I think that you should form a PAN PERFORMANCE Music Production Company!!!
"Take yuh rest!!! Go through the rest of the year and enjoy your CHRISTMAS. But from January 2nd, we have to get busy. Still, it eh go be no  big set ah stress to start calling up men and finding out if they in. And you could bounce the idea…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion EARL RICHARDS: How yuh WOMAN IS BOSS PRESIDENT silent so?
"It take three weeks for PAN PLAYERS to realize                                                          …"
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Aquil replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Aquil Arrindell: After watching your CONCERT I think that you should form a PAN PERFORMANCE Music Production Company!!!
""And for the record: A young, handsome, talented, intelligent man like you -- if yuh wife leave yuh ... is now LIFE/FETE START!!!" lol... i dying with laugh here.... OK give me a week rest. I have not stop going before during and after the…"
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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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