8. Feel to Party – Black Stalin

Black Stalin or Leroy Calliste (born 1941) is was a leading calypsonian from Trinidad and Tobago. He won Calypso Monarch on five occasions and Calypso King of the World in 1999.

Teaching Point

This song can be used as a teaching tool for English Language, Sociology, Economics and Social Studies. The teacher can discuss a number of topics with the students: socialisation, family values, wants and needs, budgeting, family structures, role of family members, etc. The song can also be used to help develop students critical thinking skills.

Sample comprehension question are:

Why does Stalin say “stop all housework you doing“? Do you think the singer has the money to go to fete?

Song: Feel to Party

Lyrics: Feel To Party

Stop all house working yuh doing
Tonight we going and have some fun
I just feeling to party
The way we used to when we was young
Just put on something sexy
So you’ll be free to move around
Make sure the children okay
We eh coming home til morning come

Tonight the black man feeling to party
Tonight the black man feeling to jam jam jam jam jam
Tonight the black man just here to boogie woogie
Come on come on hold on to yuh man
And leh we do
Leh we do
Leh we do ah little oy!
Bang Bang Ba dang ba bang

Leave we worries by the door steps
For that tonite we have no time
We go deal with that tomorrow
Tonight we going out to lime
We go do ah little soca
We will do ah ittle grind
We go do a little back back
And show them youngsters how to wine

Tonight the black man feeling to party
Tonight the black man feeling to jam jam jam jam jam
Tonight the black man just here to boogie woogie
Come on come on hold on to yuh man
And leh we do
Leh we do
Leh we do ah little oy!
Bang Bang Ba dang ba bang

Remember when we was courting
Before we had this family
Anyway tune playing
Two people sure to be there was we
But since we start having children
To make them strong we give dance up
So tonight tonight meh darning
We turning back the hands of the clock

Tonight the black man feeling to party
Tonight the black man feeling to jam jam jam jam jam
Tonight the black man just here to boogie woogie
Come on come on hold on to yuh man
And leh we do
Leh we do
Leh we do ah little oy!
Bang Bang Ba dang ba bang

When meh fans and them tell meh
They fine meh career going rel fine
I does simply have to tell them
You is the driving force behind
You is the one that give meh courage
You is the one that have me great
So for that meh darling
We going out and celebrate

Tonight the black man feeling to party
Tonight the black man feeling to jam jam jam jam jam
Tonight the black man just here to boogie woogie
Come on come on hold on to yuh man
And leh we do
Leh we do
Leh we do ah little oy!
Bang Bang Ba dang ba bang