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sung by “Keet Styla”
composed by Tellison Forde
arranged by Frankie McIntosh
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So come and give it up, and leh we big him up
that is played echoes out your name
Some covet wid cokie eye on your fame
Poison darts at your character they threw
For their selfish gain just to conquer you
Subtle schemes dey plotted behind yuh back
Den in anaheim dey launch their attack
So den dey
conspire, schemes run like brush
Burning yuh bridge all over
Come wid their agenda, to rule pan empire
But dey cannot stop, de pan messiah.
Came and take the pan higher
And no one does it better
No rabi nor
With dey covert agenda
way from karma
Where there’s smoke, there is fire.
they go, shu shuing your name
But no love is lost You still rule the game
Got no time for hate more love on yuh mind
Madd music give dem flashback into time
No sincerity dey give you at all
Dig deh pit and set you up for the fall
just conspire, schemes run like
Burning yuh bridge all over
But out of cross fire, was born the pan savior
Tell dem dey can’t stop de pan messiah
Not so long
ago was like hand in glove
With plenty high talk about peace and love
But their greed for green California scenes
Change from peace and love to tricks and high schemes
Still you hold your corner not looking back
Pulse jamming and in synch with Phase on track
jus conspire schemes run like brush
Burning yuh bridge all over!
But out of cross fire was born the pan savior
Tell dem dey can’t stop the pan messiah
Higher, higher, higher
pan was bestowed on you
With intuition giving you clear view
Through time, space and mind as we all can see
Pan progress you’ve influenced uniquely
Play yuh self well-deserved, have a good time
Subtle forces influencing yuh mind
So let them
conspire, you rule pan empire
Made the pan light shine brighter!
Still jazzy as ever, your pan visions greater
That’s the wisdom of the pan messiah
told me confidentially
In the USA they don’t want Sharpie
Once the man around real gigs he does play
They can’t eat ah food without ah pay day
Gig security they take seriously
So they have to do something ‘bout Sharpie
So then the dictator, rabi and slick bah bah
Contact the conspirator drafted a big story
Build a frame around Sharpie
Prophecy more high than conspiracy!
Jam him up,
and then stab him up,
And then set him up, back stab him up
Keith “Keet Styla” Prescott
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,’ ‘We Just Can’t Go On Like This,’ ‘Prophet of Pan’ and Celebration to name only a few. Currently “Keet Styla” is the leader/vocalist of The Therapi Band in New York City.
For the 2019 Panorama season he vocalizes Pan Messiah featured here.
Tellison 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.
Now Tellison has penned Pan Messiah for the 2019 steelband Panorama season.
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