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Claude Gonzales
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Claude Gonzales's Discussions

YEAH, MON!!! All up in ah JAMAICA dem ah talk about the CARIFESTA SUPER CONCERT. But dem nah talk about BEVERLEY SUPER PAN CONCERT at all ...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude Gonzales 1 hour ago. 11 Replies

JAMAICA OBSERVERAugust 20th, 2019Top acts for CARIFESTA concertGrammy Award-winning artiste Shaggy is to join Trinidad and Tobago's Alison Hinds, Machel Montano, and evergreen Calypso Rose on…Continue

CECIL HINKSON ASKS: What needs to be done to advance the STEELBAND (PAN) to the NEXT LEVEL?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ingrid Blackwood-Belle 12 hours ago. 2 Replies

MY ANSWER IS: RECORDED MUSIC FOR THE GLOBAL MARKET!!!Look!!! BUGS just make a joke that was BIGGER THAN A JOKE.Get rid of DANE GULSTON as ERO and put in a REAL ERO.So the NEW ERO call up KIM JONG UN…Continue

‘The Reel’ Nailah [Releases her EP]

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Newsday8/21/2019"Blackman described the EP as being multi-genre, ranging…Continue

PAN TRINBAGO: THE WORLD GOVERNING BODY OF PAN ... GROVELLING FOR A PLACE ON THE STAGE IN THE MECCA OF THE STEELBAND ...

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... while they try to CONVINCE THE GLOBAL STEELAND WORLD that they could ORGANIZE a WORLD STEELPAN DAY.They CANNOT EVEN GET ON A MAIN EVENT STAGE IN TRINIDAD ... but they THINK THAT THEY COULD GO…Continue

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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion YEAH, MON!!! All up in ah JAMAICA dem ah talk about the CARIFESTA SUPER CONCERT. But dem nah talk about BEVERLEY SUPER PAN CONCERT at all ...
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merrytonestothebone replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion YEAH, MON!!! All up in ah JAMAICA dem ah talk about the CARIFESTA SUPER CONCERT. But dem nah talk about BEVERLEY SUPER PAN CONCERT at all ...
"...And you notice the steelbands that were in the road last Wednesday nite?...Katzenjammers (M'me president), All Stars (M'me Secretary and the ERO), Exodus (Big 5?) and a fancy sailor band, peltin' powder fuh spite, led by Keith…"
2 hours ago
Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion YEAH, MON!!! All up in ah JAMAICA dem ah talk about the CARIFESTA SUPER CONCERT. But dem nah talk about BEVERLEY SUPER PAN CONCERT at all ...
"Check the "Gangsta Chronicles of Pan" as written by Rolly Polly and D'Photo... Nothing new except Aquil's participation in the Carifesta is now suspect.  Say it ain't so Aquil... bugs"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion YEAH, MON!!! All up in ah JAMAICA dem ah talk about the CARIFESTA SUPER CONCERT. But dem nah talk about BEVERLEY SUPER PAN CONCERT at all ...
"merrytonestothebone: IT SINK IN!!! The announcement was made in JANUARY 2019!!! BEVERLEY RAMSEY-MOORE was elected as PRESIDENT OF PAN TRINBAGO in OCTOBER 2018!!! SIX WEEKS ago the CIP (Gregory, Aquil, Dane, Mendez) had a meeting to discuss the…"
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Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion YEAH, MON!!! All up in ah JAMAICA dem ah talk about the CARIFESTA SUPER CONCERT. But dem nah talk about BEVERLEY SUPER PAN CONCERT at all ...
"2nd wind soon come... bugs"
5 hours ago
Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion YEAH, MON!!! All up in ah JAMAICA dem ah talk about the CARIFESTA SUPER CONCERT. But dem nah talk about BEVERLEY SUPER PAN CONCERT at all ...
"Merrytones this is indeed a "Revenge Concert"  --  HOWEVER, it looks like the Bev will win the battle even if they lose the war. After-all Doc Dolly still controls the purse. And Pan Trinbago is still broke. bugs"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion YEAH, MON!!! All up in ah JAMAICA dem ah talk about the CARIFESTA SUPER CONCERT. But dem nah talk about BEVERLEY SUPER PAN CONCERT at all ...
"THE BIG 5 went ALL IN  and TAPPED OUT many moons ago. But I would like to see PAN TRINBAGO step up and put a on real LAVISH PAN CONCERT"
5 hours ago
Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion YEAH, MON!!! All up in ah JAMAICA dem ah talk about the CARIFESTA SUPER CONCERT. But dem nah talk about BEVERLEY SUPER PAN CONCERT at all ...
"Exodus owns the road - yesterday Where is this "Shaggy" fella?"
6 hours ago
Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion YEAH, MON!!! All up in ah JAMAICA dem ah talk about the CARIFESTA SUPER CONCERT. But dem nah talk about BEVERLEY SUPER PAN CONCERT at all ...
"Renegades steals the show -- Anybody seen Shaggy yet?"
6 hours ago
merrytonestothebone replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion YEAH, MON!!! All up in ah JAMAICA dem ah talk about the CARIFESTA SUPER CONCERT. But dem nah talk about BEVERLEY SUPER PAN CONCERT at all ...
""Both Shaggy and Montano were booked from as early as January as headliners for the show."....Let that sink in...Then go and support the "Revenge Concert"...If you will..."
6 hours ago
Bugs replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion YEAH, MON!!! All up in ah JAMAICA dem ah talk about the CARIFESTA SUPER CONCERT. But dem nah talk about BEVERLEY SUPER PAN CONCERT at all ...
"If Doc Dolly was running for something in Jamaica she might win.  But in Trinidad the Bev is the ruling Queen this week. ... Never seen so much Pan in Trinidad in one week outside the Panorama season. All over the internet people crying how…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Pan hosts its own super concert
"This is pretty SAD, actually!!!"
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Mercer Ramdoo liked Claude Gonzales's discussion Carifesta symposium hears "sweet soca promoting toxic behaviour" [This could be a real interesting discussion for LYRICS LOVERS!!!]
9 hours ago
Ingrid Blackwood-Belle replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion CECIL HINKSON ASKS: What needs to be done to advance the STEELBAND (PAN) to the NEXT LEVEL?
"Claude:  I have to agree with you, especially the part about getting rid of Dane Gulston.  After all, he is part of Pan Trinbago AND plays with a large band AND plays to accompany Trinidad artists on various shows.  You would have…"
12 hours ago
Cecil hinkson replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion CECIL HINKSON ASKS: What needs to be done to advance the STEELBAND (PAN) to the NEXT LEVEL?
"We really need some fresh music, ah not touching dat Dane Gulston ting..."
22 hours ago

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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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