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.
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.
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
Zess Producer, DNyce Nation Unleashes the Unthinkable. Could Others Follow?
Known for his involvement in the Zess music fraternity in Trinidad and Tobago, producer DNyce of DNyce Nation has made us look, unleashing something far from the norm, and proving his ability to masterfully go beyond the typical. He sings on the single, collaborated on with none other than multiple title holder, Shurwayne Winchester- something he says, is a first for him. What’s funny is, his first vocal effort, is pretty extraordinary.
Speaking with Ebuzztt following the release of “Ring De Bell”, DNyce, who’s real name is Dike David Pererria, said the song came from a place of gratitude. He explained that his single with Shurwanyne sits on the Colours Riddim and features several other artistes, among them, Potential Kid, Ace Boss and Vice, Bass, Skem and Melick. “It’s an honour to be able to sing alongside such a great artist like Shurwayne himself and it’s an honour to be able to produce a song like this,” said the young producer. He noted that the track was meant for Shurwayne and he had no intention of singing on it however, upon realising a need for a second voice, he offered to give it a try. “The song really came about due to me being so grateful and so happy about life itself and knowing that I am blessed with the opportunity to still have something to do, knowing that there are other people who aren’t as fortunate,” he said. DNyce acknowledged the support given by Shurwayne over time, saying, “Shurwayne being a person who has taught me so many things in terms of the music industry and how to go forward with my business, I couldn’t think of anybody else to sing something like this.”
The single encapsulates the concepts of spirituality and life; “It connects both life and God in one song,” said the writer and producer. Speaking on the Zess movement, he made it clear that it is not a new genre but rather, something created by Trinidad and Tobago, that he believes, once packaged properly, could have global impact. “A lot of the new acts coming up, I’m behind,” he admitted, noting that Zess is a new style of Caribbean music, that has originated from T&T. “It’s a taste of Soca with a branch of dancehall,” he clarified, adding, “I know where I can see this style going- I know what I see and what my passion when it comes to the production of the sound is, the whole happy side of the Zess thing. I can see that reaching very far as a new style of our music; I believe it can reach global markets but yet, we still have the negative side so while I can see it going global, I can only hope that the other artistes that support the style, turn their direction into a more commercial side of things.”
DNyce told EBUZZTT that this single is one of the most positive singles delivered out of the Zess style. “For the 90% of the time that T&T’s dancehall has been getting a hearing, the radio stations and the people in charge have only been promoting the negative side of the movement,” he said, going on to say, “This is one of the most positive crossovers ever to be created within the whole Zess forum. I’m not saying that there haven’t been positive songs before that have gotten a hearing but this is something that a lot of people have been trying to do, which is to make the whole cross between the Soca and the Zess. I feel this is one of the real openings that could affect these young people’s lives not just by telling them what’s the right thing to do, but by giving it to them in a way that they can enjoy.”
“This is one of the most connecting songs of the last three years. It has connected life and God in one message.”DNyce
A part of the music and production business for over 15 years, the DNyce Nation boss told us that he had to move his business from his home in St. Barbs, Laventille, to Belmont, noting that many artistes refused to enter Laventille, to work at his studio. “I had to use Belmont as my address for artistes to be attracted to come to the studio. For years it was a fight. I was unable to reach where I wanted to reach because nobody wasn’t coming to me so I really can’t forget Belmont,” he said. Confronting his truth, the young producer lamented that Laventille- his home, remains a crime hot spot, something that saddens him. “Being born and raised in a high risk, crime riddled community, I had to move my business to attract my clientele. I hope and pray for change one day.”
DNyce Nation is now located at SW Limited, Darceuil Lane, Arima.
‘Ring De Bell’ has been unleashed, complete with a video. Be sure to check it out below.
Bunji Garlin’s Got Talent We Didn’t Even See.
Spittin’ lyrical fire is all he’d touted for years but as Covid-19 offered the chance to lay back and watch the world from the confines of his home in Trinidad, entertainer, Bunji Garlin has shown a different side of himself that could very well bring in some extra cheddar.
In a time of economic uncertainty, we’re seeing some of our Caribbean entertainers showing their diversity. Yankey Boy’s been selling pepper sauce in the United States and Jadel’s been modelling for endorsed local retailer, Cache. Patrice Roberts and Nailah Blackman have been marketing their branded merchandise, Patrice for her Coco Body line of soaps and Blackman for her line of acrylic nails. It’s all truly commendable!
A couple days ago, Garlin, who’s been relatively quiet over the past few months, expressed his feelings artistically, showing a level of accuracy in imagery that’s stunning to say the least. Bunji and his wife, Fay Ann have been actively assisting with efforts to aid the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines as they continue to deal with the challenges of the volcanic eruption. Together with ITNAC (Is There Not A Cause), Garlin and Fay have been on the ground packing supplies to send over to the islands.
Bunji’s artwork, posted to his social media platforms, showed his interpretation of photos he saw coming out of that said volcanic eruption in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Take a look below.
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