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‘Coye: Pan Religion’

sung by Tellison “Tello” Forde and “Keet Styla”
composed by Tellison Forde

arranged by Frankie McIntosh



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Verse 1

I know some of you would think that I'm crazy
For what I am putting down here in theory
I want you to simply understand
It is an inherent tradition
Lineage of my father's generation, don't doubt me


Pan - is we religion
Pan - understand my son
Pan - play it night and day
Pan - this is what Coye played
And when he played he made you dingolay
In he heyday he made them jump and sway
And when he jam you held on to your woman
Jam them jam them Mr. sweet pan man

Verse 2

I want you to continue my legacy
And make sure you lock it down in your memory
Steel pan is our religion
An ethereal manifestation
Ancient brotherhood of the Egyptians, we still African


Verse 3

When Pan is played
you transcend mentally
To higher dimensions celestially
You experience total ecstasy
The effects of the sweet melody
Alternates your conscious stability, rock your body


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“Coye: Pan Religion”
Tellison Forde and 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 Coye: Pan Religion, 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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