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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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Buju Signals Imminent Music Release. Teaser Suggests Artiste Remains Guarded.

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Being incarcerated for almost 10 years, for a crime one vehemently denies committing, would change a man’s life forever. Mark Myrie, the man many know and easily refer to as Buju Banton, is yet to officially speak to any media house in the aftermath of his release from US prison. Ten months ago, Buju felt freedom once again and since that time, like a bird released from a cage, the ‘Optimistic Soul’ singer has unceasingly sung – his spirit soaring most when on stage, with mic in hand.

On the weekend, Buju and a cast of other powerful Caribbean entertainers including Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons, performed for a massive crowd at Dominica’s World Creole Festival. On the heels of that, he’s unleashed a teaser video for a brand new single with Dave Kelly, one of the most successful dancehall producers in Jamaica. Kelly is known for producing Cham’s international hit, ‘Ghetto Story,’ which was later remixed by RnB hit maker, Alicia Keys. He’s also credited as the creator of the Showtime riddim- a widely popular riddim in the Caribbean. The teaser hears Buju’s vocals behind an echoing sentiment, ‘mi no trust phone,’ something that can be easily believed, considering the fact that the artist has maintained that he was entrapped ten years ago.

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THANK YOU DOMINICA . . . . 🎥 by @musictraveltour

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The latest piece of musical work will follow four singles done by Buju since his release. ‘Pay The Price’, ‘Country for Sale’, ‘Holy Ground’ and Holy Mountain, which also features Jamaica’s Sizzla Kalonji and Mavado. The latter two singles form part of DJ Khaled’s ‘Father of Asahd’ album which was released in May this year.

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Tarrus Riley Gets Personal with NYC on October 1st.

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On October 1st, fans of reggae in New York City will be treated to a one of a kind event, when reggae sensation, Tarrus Riley graces the stage of the world renowned SOBs music venue where he’ll present music off his ‘Blending Life’s Experiences Musically’ EP.

Although listening sessions are a common occurrence in the music realm, Riley who recently delivered to rave reviews from both fans and music industry insiders, an unforgettable musical experience in his homeland of Jamaica, will replicate the latter in New York, according to his team at Destine Media. Simply and expertly, Tarrus replaced the typical album listening affair with a live band experience. “People can expect to have an up close and personal BLEM experience with Tarrus, who will be performing in the famous SOBs for the first time. This event with limited capacity will be a special event for NY,” said his publicist, Ronnie Tomlinson.

In an added bonus and to keep the night’s memories alive, the ticketed admission will include a copy of the coveted EP. Produced by Izy Beats, B.L.E.M (Blending Life’s Experiences Musically) offers a diverse offering of six songs inspired by the crooner’s personal situations.

“I’ve been in one of these songs at some point in my life,” Tarrus recently said.

Doors Open at 7pm.

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