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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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Soca Industry Called to Activate As Bahamas Reels From Hurricane Dorian.

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“I need 5 mins of your time. Been having sleepless days since Sunday, trying to figure out how are we going to do this now! It‘s time for the Whole Soca Industry to Give to what gives to us. Give back the support that is given to us. Show that you have the heart, show that we care about the recent disasters brought upon The Bahamas.”Kewin DuBois

Kerwin Dubois is calling on the Soca fraternity to help the Bahamas.

The devastation in the Bahamas is gut wrenching to say the least. Over 40 people have died and over 70,000 are homeless in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian’s passage last week. An all hands on board approach has been repeated by Caribbean governments and international agencies and amid that, one soca artiste has broken his silence and is calling on the soca fraternity to give back what the Bahamas has given to them, over the years.

‘Bacchanalist’ singer, Kerwin Dubois, ached by the videos and images of the Hurricane’s devastation, took to social media on Thursday. He’d created a video- some five minutes long, detailing the emotions of those who are now faced with the clean up and restoration of the tourism destination. “So what we going and do now? Every year we’re faced with this disaster. These people lost everything. You know what it is to lose everything?,” says DuBois. He says he is going to the Bahamas, expressing that he feels the need to be there to help in anyway that he can. Now, with a challenge thrown out, the artist is waiting for feedback from the stakeholders of soca- artistes, promoters and even fans, on what they propose to do, to help the people of the Bahamas.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s National Instrument Undeserving of Carifesta Main Stage?

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The Carifesta XIV experience being hosted in Trinidad and Tobago this year may have a bit of upheaval, this as Pantrinbago says the national instrument isn’t being treated with the respect it deserves.

Ace pannist Dane Gulston has spoken out on the matter of the steelpan not being included in the main concert event, “Island Beats”, which is carded for August 24th.

The Isand Beats event being hosted at the Queen’s Park Savannah, will be headlined by Machel Montano, Grammy Award winner, Shaggy and Guadeloupe’s Kassav, with other performances by young entertainers like Nailah Blackman and Voice. Gulston argues it’s outrageous that no thought was given to including the host country’s national instrument in the main stage lineup, further stating that the use of steel pan only at the opening and closing of events, is essentially a slap in the face.

Speaking on television on Friday morning, Pantrinbago President, Beverly Ramsey-Moore said while the organization, under her stewardship, has enjoyed a very good relationship with Culture and Arts Minister Nyan Gadsby Dolly, her response to the request from Pantrinbago to be included in the main stage dynamic, was unappreciated. She relayed how Gadsby Dolly seemed to have been taken aback by the request, in essence squealing, “Pan on stage with Machel and Shaggy?!”

Jamaican reggae artistes, Maxi Priest and Tarrus Riley were treated to the sweet steel pan music by Dane Gulston in May this year.

The Minister is yet to comment on the issue, this as social media is now abuzz with online commentators arguing that Trinidad and Tobago’s renowned national instrument- the only major musical instrument invented in the 20th century, should be loved by its people and shared with the world, at any opportunity given.

In May this year, Jamaican reggae sensation Tarrus Riley was greeted by Gulston to the sound of the steelpan, which he enjoyed tremendously.

Jamaican reggae hit maker @tarrusrileyja is certainly a fan of the steel pan. He’s in #TrinidadandTobago ahead of Saturday’s #Redemption6 concert being held at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain. He met up with ace pannist, #DaneGulston who showed him a thing or two. The culture of the Caribbean, while sometimes vastly different, is always wholeheartedly embraced by all Caribbean people. What a beautiful thing. #caribbean #entertainment #music #steelpan #trinidadandtobago #tarrusriley #ebuzztt

Posted by Etceterabuzz Trinidad on Thursday, May 30, 2019

Reporting by: Melissa Stanisclaus.

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