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‘Local Party’

sung by Tellison “Tello” Forde
composed by Tellison Forde



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Verse 1

Panorama Saturday real big jam session
Plenty action, Fulton and Nostrand
Ah hear UFO, landed in front by Charlie
So he sponsor dem a welcome party
They say the man dress up
Say he’s ah Martian,
Tell Frankie and Ali this go be action,
And he going to put on a live show,
Tell Marshal Montano
We go show him bacchanal!


All kinda people jumping up,
Flag in the air and prancing up,
All over traffic hah to stop
Front end to bumper jammin’ up,
Blaxx, Benjai, and Destra,
Kes and Kerwin Dubois
Fay Ann, Bunji Garlin
Have a big truck rockin’ -
Big bacchanal!
All kinda people jumping up,
Flag in the air and prancing up,
All over traffic hah to stop
Front end to bumper jammin’ up

Verse 2

Trying meh best to figure
What’s up with Charlie,
Why so suddenly, he acting strangely;
Ah know from experience
When it come to party
They couldn’t stop he, from in the 70s
Take meh cell and try calling “Wire,”
Knowing for sure he’ll give me an answer,
He told me recently he discover
Martians took him over - Big bacchanal!



Verse 3

The party all the way down
By Bedford corner,
Saint, Zwaz and Smokey; big party rockers!
They jumping up
Heading to Fulton and Nostrand,
Singing a lavuay! Martian invasion!
Ah realize the way how they jumping,
Something about the beat
Was just foreign,
Pelham Goddard and Leston wey tell me,
Conspiracy theory! Big bacchanal!



Jump up, prance up, wail up
Shake yuh flag!

Chorus  (x2)



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“Local Party”
Tellison “Tello” Forde

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Tellison Forde
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Tellison ‘Tello’ Forde is the son of an “Invader” - Cecil “Coye” Forde - and Beryl Isaac. He was born at 67 Rosalino Street in Woodbrook, Trinidad, adjacent to the pan yard of Invaders Steel Orchestra.

That “Tello” was the son of an Invader was proven when Invaders performed at his christening. Father Cecil took the Steeldrum throughout Russia, and was one of the first to introduce Pan in Spain and Morocco in North Africa. Young Tellison followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a member of Invaders Steel Orchestra, and also played tenor pan in New York’s Moods Pan Groove, Pan Rebels and Bramblers USA.

“Tello” enlisted in the US Navy from November 1972 to December 1984, during which time he had the good fortune to serve under the late Commander W.W. Pippenger aboard the USS Brumby DE 1044 which arrived in Chaguaramas, Trinidad in November 1975.

Tellison returned to dedicated service with Sealift Command Department of the Navy for 13 years, always keeping his tenor pan at hand.

He is well known within the steelband community for compositions such as Prophet of Pan and Coye: Pan Religion, among others.

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