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‘Culture Rise Up’

sung by “Keet Styla”
composed by Keith Prescott & Tellison Forde

arranged by Frankie McIntosh



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Verse 1

Pan limbo calypso blossomed in Trinbago
With a recipe from we African ancestry
Instead of embracing we start emulating
All other rhythms and we natural culture dying


We slipping things up hold your head up
This tempo can't drop is jamming non-stop
Culture fire burning keep we art form growing
We slipping things up hold your head up
From bottom to top pick calypso up
Keep the future bright come from darkness into the light

Verse 2

I want to hear kaiso all over the radio
station to station with more love and attention
Yes I love meh soca I have chutney fever
For the tree to fruit you must keep nurturing the root


Verse 3

I was just observing how this ship was sailing
As we steered off course and appreciation was lost
'cause this new machinery don't respect we history
You would never know that you're in the Mecca of calypso


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“Culture Rise Up”
“Keet Styla”

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“Keet Styla” and Tellison Forde
“Keet Styla” and Tellison Forde

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Since 1984, “Keet Styla” formerly known as “Designer” has been working with renowned panists and pan composers/arrangers such as Ken “Professor” Philmore, Ray Holman, Robert Greenidge and Earl Brooks - as well as musicians including Ralph MacDonald, Monty Alexander, Frankie McIntosh, Leston Paul and Etienne Charles.

Some of the more popular songs resulting from these collaborations are: ‘Rati-ray,’ ‘Pan by Storm,’ ‘Jump with Me,’ and ‘We Just Can’t Go on like this,’ to name only a few. Currently Keet Styla is the leader/vocalist of The Therapy Band in New York City.

For 2013, one of the tracks he has contributed his vocals to is Culture Rise Up, featured here.

Tellison Forde
Tellison Forde

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.

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