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Archived: Kees Scores Every Time. ‘Savannah Grass’ Win or Not, He’s Just Got It!

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Ever sat back and assessed the Soca industry, or the music industry for that matter. Ever noticed that they’re some artistes who could do absolutely no wrong when it comes to the masses, the DJs and even their cohorts in the biz. Kees Dieffenthaller is, much like Rihanna, one of those artists who’ll always win, no matter what!

Wondering what we’re alluding to? Check it out… We all know that in this world of social gratification, image is everything. Celebrities the world over have captured massive followings based sheerly on image. We’re not, and never will discount any artist’s creative ability, so don’t take this the wrong way, but ever notice how easily forgiven some megastars are in comparison to others?

Terri Lyons has to work very hard to be seen and acknowledged in the Soca arena.

The subliminal undertones are jaw dropping. In the Caribbean, check out Popcaan vs Tommy Lee Sparta. Marketing by image and visual popularity has worked for this young trendsetter, while for Tommy Lee, one “demonic” creative rationale led to his catapulting career. It just hasn’t been very easy for him to get back up to the point of popularity. Machel Montano is always easily forgiven for his missteps. Meanwhile, artistes like Shurwayne Winchester, Tobago’s Adanna, College Boy Jesse, MX Prime, Terri Lyons and others often have to work five times as hard to get public support- and let’s not start on DJ support, which all musicians need.

This brings us to Kees. Hey! Kees will be just fine post carnival 2019. He’s got that picture perfect image, those perfect vocals, an immense fan base and the overall magic that will guarantee him years of popularity and fame beyond “Savannah Grass.” He definitely had the people in his pocket this past Carnival 2019 and by all accounts Kees deserves the People’s Choice Award for the Tune of the Road In 2019, but remember, not all winners wear crowns. Some simply walk among us, humbled by their ability to truly touch our souls. Digest that.

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Shurwayne’s Teamed Up with The Best of the Best out of Jamaica. There’s No Stopping Him Now.

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From the likes of Beres Hammond, to Queen Ifrika, Buju Banton, Richie Spice, Capleton and countless others, a pioneer in reggae and lover’s rock engineering, has joined his versatility and unique flair with a sound out of Trinidad and Tobago. Together, and complimented by a youthful musical dynamic that’s been described as the next best thing out of Jamaica, a couple of powerful musical masters are set to unleash pure magic in music, later this month. 

“Making this connection has been a blessing. I have to especially thank Jamesy P out of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for making the initial introductions,” said well-known Trinidad and Tobago artist, Shurwayne Winchester. Known for his major accomplishments in the Soca music industry over the years, Shurwayne’s now mixing things up a little, delving into Lover’s Rock and he’s definitely made the right link to make it happen. Rohan Dwyer is responsible for mixing “Memories” by John Legend and Buju Banton on Buju’s 2020 album, Upside Down 2020- an album that’s been absorbed and commended by Billboard and Rollingstone. “Just the opportunity to work with Rohan on this project, has opened my appetite for fresh sounds and styles. I’ve immersed myself in the music because I believe that’s the only way to truly replicate the sound perfectly, and so far, the pre-release reviews have been great,” said Shurwayne. 

The single, ‘True Love,’ which features support vocals by Jamaican boy band, 8, is melodic as it is lyrically pronounced. 

“We’re at a crossroads in time presently. For years many have sat back and questioned the direction that the music of today, had been heading. Now, in this present time with all that’s happening in the world, so many people dying of the Covid-19 virus, and of course, intense race relations in the US and other parts of the world, music must be the healing source. We have to use the music to deliver the right messages to the people,” said the former Road March, Power Soca and Groovy Soca Monarch champion of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Jamaican boy band- 8.

Shurwayne hailed the talent of the boy band, saying it’s been a true pleasure to work alongside the young musicians who make up 8. “These young musicians who also double up as vocalists, are really talented,” said Shurwayne. Adrian Bacchus, George Campbell Jhada Dwyer, Moses Estick, Matthew Gillespie, Jordon McLeary and Dimetri Wynter bring the Jamaican reggae melody that can’t be missed, to the new single that’s set for release on August 21st

“What we want people to do is fall in love with music again. My aim has always been to bring quality to my audience all over the world. We strive to bring music that has staying power, music that will stand the test of time. Rohan has been a producer for Beres Hammond as well as so many other artistes over the years and these artistes’ music has stayed with us,” said Shurwayne. The new single is now available for pre-order. Music lovers are encouraged to be first in line to receive the track by visiting, https://smarturl.it/ShurwayneTrueLove

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Rihanna’s Still Working on that 9th Album. Tells Fans It’ll Be Worth The Wait.

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Would you believe it’s been four years since Barbados born, international music sensation, Rihanna released her last album. That album was called Anti, if you remember and since that time, fans worldwide, have been clamouring for the release of a ninth album. The singer however says she’s not going to put out an album just because people are anticipating one. In fact she says she’s gonna make that album worth the wait.

Rihanna spoke candidly with ET’s Rachel Smith about R9 recently. She admitted that she understands that her fans are n desperate need of her new music, but she’s making it worth the wait.

“I am always working on music,” said the artist, however she explained, “when I am ready to put it out in the way that I feel fit, it’s gonna come out. And you’re not going to be disappointed when it happens. It’s going to be worth it.”

Fifteen years ago Rihanna released her debut album, “Pon de Replay.” “I’m 15 years older. I thought that was just a few years ago, now it’s like a decade plus,” she reminisced during the video chat. The 32-year-old said she is really grateful to still be here and able to expand on other ventures. ” It’s been fun and I can’t even complain,” she said.

The Fenty Beauty entrepreneur will launch her new skincare line, Fenty Skin tomorrow, exclusively via FentySkin.com. Rappers A$ap Rocky, Lil Nas X, and supermodel Paloma Elsesser all appear in the campaign.

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