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Dear Promoter: Kes The Band’s Tuesday on the Rocks was Pure Niceness!

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What started off as a concert ended as a FETE! Ebuzztt was most present at Tuesday on the Rocks’ debut on the Savannah grass on Tuesday night. The event, which has grown significantly over the years, drew a massive crowd ranging from the young to the young at heart, all there to celebrate the musical catalog of Kes the Band.

As we begin our review, we note that entering the venue seemed less strenuous than previous years as the design was more accommodating – specifically to parking and layout of food and bar. Before the event officially kicked off, patrons were entertained by the likes of Sheldon Blackman and others on a mini stage while patrons enjoyed their favourite oriental, arabian or creole finger food located near a designated eating area.

At 9pm, host JW welcomed St. Lucian soca star Teddyson John and his band The Teddyson Project to the stage. As the opening act, Teddyson – decked in white demonstrated his soulful musicality as he serenaded the crowd with his melodious hits of then and now. His set also featured Grenadian Star Skinny Banton.

The crowd was then entertained by renowned St. Lucian DJ Barrie Hype who hyped the crowd in anticipation of the headline act Kes The Band. By 10pm, with an instrumental entrance of his monster collaboration track “Stage Gone Bad” – Kees blessed the stage.

Kees Dieffenthaller has continued to wow audiences with his versatility and true artistry.

His performances were well placed and appropriately transitioned delivering favourites like “People”, Bachannal and a Millian Gyal”, “Boss Lady”, “Where Yuh From” and “Hello” while his soca comrades Sekon Sta, Nadia Batson, Terry Lyons and Patrice Lyons joined him on stage and delivered concise and well received performances.

A lover of Caribbean music, Kees dabbled in some old school dub (“Murder She Wrote”, “Too Experienced”, “Romey” and “Walk Like a Champion” – to name a few), highlighting the foundation of his musical influences and later brought on Jamaican superstar Konshens – who was definitely a favourite for the ladies. African sensation Afro B also made an appearance singing his international hit “Drogba (Joanna)”.

Changing the tempo a bit, local rapper Jimmy October and saxophonist Etienne Charles joined Kees eased the stings with their version of new calyspo singing “Magic” released two weeks ago. Kees then did an acapella version of “Reason to Love (Energy)” from the DJ Private Ryan produced track. In a natural transition, “May your heart find peace anywhere yuh come from” was all the crowd needed to hear to erupt in jubilation to welcome Freetown Collective to perform what many believe is a highly underrated song “Feel the Love” from the same riddim. It was in this moment the true essence of rhythm of love filled the Savannah as the crowd sang in chorus.

Kees and Voice have collaborated for one of the biggest carnival anthems, ‘Dear Promoter’.

Keeping the energy up, it was time to fete! Erphaan Alves, backed with a strong EA Team of supporters on stage and in the crowd demonstrated with Kes that they knew how to mash up fete with their power soca “Pick a Side”. Kes made it known the accolades of young Alves having written for him in the past.

With mention of the San Juan Youth Voicey, it was complete pandemonium when he graced the stage to a crowd that was in their feting glory. Sharing the stage with Kes proved to be genuine passion for the love of soca music by both artists.

There was absolutely no doubt the transition of the event was building up to the moment most – if not all in attendance were awaiting. The crowd called for it – “Bad for The Road” they chanted, jumping in anticipation. And just like that history was made, Iwer and Kees ran out in their Men in Black kits to mash up the savannah stage. Everything from flags, glow sticks to bottled water were in the air. The track was performed for about 15 minutes straight with increasing energy proving to be an undeniable favourite. Their collaboration is one many never anticipated, however Kees revealed it was somewhat of a dream to collaborate with a veteran he grew up partying to. Iwer was also encouraged to entertain the crowd with some of his most popular hits before concluding their set with “Stage Gone Bad” once again.

A passionate and charismatic entertainer, Kees continues to cement his place in the soca arena. Through different sets, he thanked his fans for their continuous support and love indicating that “his heart was full,” which was visibly recognisable on his face.

An event not overshadowed by a plethora of international acts and musical talents that engaged the crowd thoroughly – the event entitled Rhythm of Love delivered 10/10!

REVIEW BY: @Candiebuzz on Instagram

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Beres Reminds Us of What We Need; Delivers Like No Other.

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Beres Hammond is a legend in these parts and on Sunday night as he hosted his “Love From a Distance” virtual concert, he proved that greatness never ceases to amaze.

Beres has delivered his sweet, flavourful reggae love ballads for decades. On Sunday night, as thousands of his loyal fans around the world, streamed the virtual event, they were certainly reminded of the importance of good music, especially in times like these.

 

Beres, joined on stage by Buju Banton.

Reggae music has felt somewhat alienated in recent time, with the surge of more youthful, less melodic artistry, but all is not lost, and on Sunday, Beres accompanied by Marcia Griffiths, Buju Banton and even young dancehall sensation, Popcaan, fulfilled the silent desires of many, many people from around the world.

Vocals properly tuned, the 65-year-old hit maker, rendered some of his most memorable songs, among them, “Stop A Man from Trying,” “Rock Away”, “What One Dance Can Do” and many others. In a video clip, pre-recorded and inserted into the show, Beres told fans, “For all the well wishers, fans, family and friends and everyone, I am very saddened by the almost two years I haven’t seen you… it makes me feel bad. I’m trying to do this thing now, so we can stay in touch. Welcome to Beres…”

 

HERE’S WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ms3ihZ2xPs

 

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Jamaica’s Sean Paul Gives The World ‘Live n Livin’; Says Dancehall Is Not Dead.

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Jamaican dancehall artist, Sean Paul’s ‘Live N Livin’ is one of two albums from him, set for release this year. The album, according to a media statement issued, was inspired by the perception of members of the music industry that dancehall is dead. Confronting the sentiment head on, Sean Paul says he believes dancehall is alive and well, and maintains a strong pulse.

Sean Paul set to release two albums in 2021.


The first album being released, showcases over twenty artistes and even having proven himself over the years as an International dancehall trendsetter, Sean Paul says he still aims to highlight the significance of the genre while collaborating with different talented artists. Over the years, Sean Paul has made music with the likes of Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Sam Smith, blending and fusing his sound with world rhythms.


Live and Livin’ is dubbed “a collaborative effort,” with 16 tracks all featuring an accompanying artist. On the single, ‘Lion Heart’, Sean Paul stands solo. “It was important to me to show that in our genre of dancehall, we don’t need to clash in order to attain the spotlight. We don’t need to divide our fans to attain the rotations on the airwaves or streams. Over the years me, Shaggy, and more recently Koffee, Shenseea and others have been making it onto the world stage and we are not clashing with our co-workers, nor are we dividing our fans. This album ‘Live N Livin’ is an album I hold very dear to my heart because it shows the effort of collaboration over confrontation,” he said.


The album features veteran artists like Buju Banton, Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, Busy Signal, Mavado, and the younger generation of artists such as Chi Ching Ching, Intense, Skillibeng, and Govana and more.


‘Live N Livin’ is set to be released on March 12th and is executively produced by Sean Paul’s label Dutty Rock Productions and distributed by ONErpm.


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