"Yes Claude,around that time I used to play the cuatro, New Town and some boys hear and ask me to teach them, the cuatro was called Uncle Ribs Jay hawkers. It was just a fun band, meantime Alvin Belfast used to take me at Boyie Lewis and so I…"
"Yes Claude. That was me, fifty years ago.. Today I was practicing with a Keyboard player for a gig of a person is going to Trinidad to work in the High Commissioner Office. I will be playing my tenor pan and singing some songs: such as "…"
"Hello Claude. This is what I am saying for a long time, Tripoli have never get recognize in their own country for the work we had done fifty years ago for having a repertoire for their concerts
We had divide our music in sections: Classical, Vocals,…"
"Condolences to Kim Loy Wong. I remember when Kim Loy had his band 'Hilanders/ behind the bridge and We, Tripoli met Kim Loy in Brooklyn in the year 1967.I think that he releases his book "how to tune a steel pan" He is one of the…"
Happy birthday to you. I went to New Zealand early this year with some of your old members of your band for a festival. Recently we have about 10 steel bands in Australia. They should bring you out here to be a judge in our…"
"I would not agree that sponsorship was was the main culprit for bands not coming out of the road. It help them instead of getting money to build the road stands. In those days steelband used to play good dance music with nice harmonies that it…"
"Hello Bob, This was Hugh Borde, Tripoli steel band(the name) Tripoli was patented by Hugh Borde. There was a dispute unknowing to me. The remainder of the group was then called the Esso Trinidad Steel band."
"Some times I wonder who write such crap of our musicians away. A lot of people stop buying steel band music because of the amount of Ramajay that the tune is lost. What are we selling to the world. Music is to listen too and dance too. And some of…"
"Lennox Jordan (Mad man son from Tunapuna) Pan tuner, make steel drums and teaches for the military force in Oman. This group came to Australia to play in our First Steel band Festival. Lennox goes there one a year to tune and arranged music.…"
"I remember in the late fifties, early sixties you enjoy steel band music, It was dance able, you enjoy the harmonies and still hearing the melody of the song, today they the word (ramajay) and you miss the essences of what the band is playing. This…"
"Trinidad have never honored the Esso Trinidad Steel band for playing at the Universities in United States. This band combed state to state in America. Starting, New York, North Virginia, South Virginia, North and South Carolina, Arizona, the whole…"
"Bass man used to tuned the High tenor for Tripoli and other pans. I remembered the night, I went to practice and I heard that Desperadoes member Kidnapped Bass in a car and drive him straight up the hill at Despers pan yard and then we had to get…"
hey Courtney,most people know you as the Tripoli scratcher man but we go back a little further as the cuatro man with Robert diaz flute side from maraval with martin joseph now known as rudy martin in Toronto...Its good to see you're still in the business.It has been around 40 yrs since I met you in Mr Dolsingh's office on St Vincent st...thanks to WST we can keep in touch...take care...Robert...
Is this the Courtney Leiba from the Hugh Borde clan? Oh my, if so, this is George "Sony" Goddard's niece. You guys used to come by uncle "Sony" in Diamond Vale, Diego Martin, (Trinidad). Are you the scratcher man who fell into the water during performance and continued....awesome! I was extremely young thus, mesmerized by the skill of scratching from the water. How are you?
My name is Terry Noel,i do not think you will remember me. I am one of 3 who used to come down from Arima in 1966/7 to play with Tripoli. The others Shaky Coryat. Winston Huggins, Carl Wentworth. I was in the Mounted Branch at the time. (6154). I moved to London on carnival tuesday 1973. Hugh Borde still owing me for playing on the road. (laugh) Like you I have been promoting the pan around the world since 1973. So far I have taken the pan to over 45 countries including North Korea. I came to the Australian Youth Festival in Melbourne 1983. You can visit our website on www.btmelodians.co.uk
T. Noel JP
Happy Birthday and Season Greetings, how are everything with you, are you going to Trinidad for carnival? Well everything on this is OK and at present we are preparing for our annual Christmas concert on December 12th. Talk to you soon.
I played with Tripoli in early sixties & I remember seeing Courtney playing 'scratcher' in the lake at Expo '67 in Montreal. Always wondered where he was. Remembered the Timothys, and the Headleys, Big Boy and Durant, Boboy, Fat Keith, Untin, Mike, Frank et al. Good days dem.
HI THERE - DID U NOT PLAY WITH A COMBO SIDE IN TRINIDAD AS WELL AS BEING THE FAMOUS SCRATCHER MAN FROM TRIPOLI AT CARIBANA IN CANADA- BOY U ARE A FAR WAY FROM TNT BUT WE WILL ALWAYS BE HERE - HOPE ALL IS WELLL AND U ENJOYED CARNIVAL
Hello Mr. Courtney Leiba,
I never met you, but I think that I have known you since 1967. Why 1967? well! can you send me your e mail address, or mine is firstname.lastname@example.org. I know Mr. Michael Kernahan.