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TOP 5 CLASSIC POP TUNES THAT INCLUDE PAN

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A NICE LITTLE PAN JAM

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Let me get back to the PAN TALK!!! That discussion spawned by George Rampersad with the SPAIN and AFRICAN music thing was one of the most complex issues I have ever seen on THIS FORUM ...

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... and I wish that that there was more FOLLOW UP. Because I spent the last week thinking about EVOLUTION and RACISM after seeing the responses to that topic.There really cannot be a WINNER in that…Continue

T&T humiliated, dumped out Gold Cup

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Trinidad Guardian June 22, 2019Trinidad and To­ba­go skip­per Khaleem Hy­land and his team­mates suf­fered a hu­mil­i­at­ing 6-0 de­feat to the Unit­ed States in their sec­ond Group D CON­CA­CAF Gold…Continue

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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion TOP 5 CLASSIC POP TUNES THAT INCLUDE PAN
"Three STUDIO MUSICIANS and they DOUBLED with a SYNTHESIZER."
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Mercer Ramdoo replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion TOP 5 CLASSIC POP TUNES THAT INCLUDE PAN
"Who was the panist featured in the 1988 Beach Boys tune Kokomo?"
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Brenda Hosang replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion A NICE LITTLE PAN JAM
"Claude, THAT was nice.  The dancers just topped the energy level.  Makes me wish I was in the middle there. Brenda H."
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merrytonestothebone replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion A NICE LITTLE PAN JAM
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merrytonestothebone replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Time to FIRE DENNIS LAWRENCE and get a NEW COACH!!!
"Claude we eh even sure to beat Guyana...I watch Bermuda in action last night...Dey will waterline we arse..."
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Time to FIRE DENNIS LAWRENCE and get a NEW COACH!!!
"Did MERRYTONESTOTHEBONE say that it was going to GET WORSE? I am going and GOOGLE a more MALICIOUS and VINDICTIVE term for "GET WORSE"!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Is time to FIRE both BEVERLEY AND THE SOCCER COACH ...
"The truth is that when they stepped out and saw that crowd they get TOTALLY INTIMATED -- man dey start to sweat ... dey get soaking wet .. dey so much threats .. dats a game dey cyar forget.. That happens to HORSES before a race. I read an article…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion SUPPORT YOUR NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM TODAY
"DEY GET TIRED in the FIRST 15 MINUTES -- WHAT YUH EXPECT IN THE END!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Poor showing at We Beat Pan Parade
"ODW: Yuh GENUINELY LOVE PAN, BOY!!! I really have to RESPECT YOU!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion SUPPORT YOUR NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM TODAY
"Dem TRINIS TIRED ALREADY and is only 15 minutes gone -- TOO  MUCH RUM AND JAM AND WINE!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion SUPPORT YOUR NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM TODAY
"We NEED a NEW COACH!!!"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Pan Times's discussion Poor showing at We Beat Pan Parade
"merrytonestothebone could write a WHOLE PAPER on that TOPIC. Even AQUIL ARRINDELL -- he explain the whole DECAY SYSTEM to me. Once the CHILDREN IN THE PAN YARD reach a CERTAIN AGE ... DEY DONE WITH PAN. But what allyuh doh realize is that the…"
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Claude Gonzales replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion I think that the NEXT TIME that a GLOBAL STEELBAND gets a chance to PERFORM on a BIG STAGE -- the QUALITY OF THE MUSIC must be a MAJOR CONSIDERATION!!!
"Now, my position (for decades) has always been that anytime you PUT MORE THAN THREE PANS TOGETHER YOU HAVE NOISE. But even so, THERE IS NOISE and LESS NOISE!!!"
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I think that the NEXT TIME that a GLOBAL STEELBAND gets a chance to PERFORM on a BIG STAGE -- the QUALITY OF THE MUSIC must be MAJOR CONSIDERATION!!!

MARKETING is ONE THING!!!But PERFORMANCE is ANOTHER THING!!!That is why we NEED a REAL WORLD GOVERNING BODY OF PAN and not a BACKWARD ORGANIZATION like PAN TRINBAGO.I know that we have the HUMAN RESOURCES in TRINIDAD and in EXPAT LANDS to form such an OVERARCHING BODY -- if we could really understand THE CHALLENGE.See More
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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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