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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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No Stopping The Rasta Preacher Now. DJ Khaled Delivers Buju Banton to Even His Detractors.

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The irony. In a world where a man can be entrapped miles away from his home country, detained for near 10 years, released, and return to being an even bigger symbol of power and positivity than he ever was, proves there are no limits. Buju Banton’s fire blazes on.

Internationally acclaimed multi millionaire music mogul, DJ Khaled’s been a close friend and ally of Mark Myrie, the artiste we all fondly refer to as Buju Banton, for some 19 years. Khaled, a US national born to Palestinian parents, has been grounded enough to know the sweet beauty that can often be found in the harsh rubble of ghetto cultured living. It’s no surprise that his latest album release, an honorary tribute to his young son, Asahd, features a few of Jamaica’s best, among them Buju Banton, Sizzla Kalonji and Mavado.


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Nailah’s Sick! Here’s Why.

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Not in the literal sense.

Nailah Blackman

Ok… ok… let’s clear this up. The soca hottie’s in need of no pill or treatment. Nailah’s perfectly healthy but she’s got a sick ambition that’s almost guaranteed to take her on a whirlwind career adventure. Truth be told, female artistes in the Caribbean’s less structured music industry, often find themselves falling victim to the rigors of their reality. It’s really not as glamorous as they make it look on social media. Nailah Blackman’s however in the running to becoming one of the caribbean’s biggest superstars if she continues to play her cards right.

Here’s why we say that!

  1. Nailah’s got grit. Unlike every other female soca artiste in the business, Nailah’s stuck to her goal of delivering music the people will enjoy year round. She isn’t getting caught up in the politics of the music business, and since she kicked off her career just about two years ago, she’s remained consistent.
  2. She understands the power of Social Media. In a world where social media platforms are ruining lives, perpetuating violence and encouraging gossip and vanity, Nailah’s using it all to her advantage. She’s got her fan accounts, her hashtag game on lock and she’s filling in all the Caribbean entertainment gaps with posts on all the trending platforms, which essentially keeps the buzz on her, constantly.
  3. She’s focused on upping her game. Now, the harsh truth of the entertainment industry is that from the moment you stop trying to be the best, you fall all the way to the back of the class. In the Caribbean especially, the odds are harshly against the rise of female entertainers. For Patrice Roberts, Nailah Blackman, Destra Garcia, Spice, Shenseea, Fay Ann Lyons, Nessa Preppy and the lot of gals in the race, consistency and development is imperative. In her short time at the forefront of the music industry, Blackman’s team has secured her placement at the BET Awards, Coachella and other top tiered industry events. She’s been to Jamaica Carnival and several other major Carnival related events worldwide. Truth is, she picked up steam and she has never slowed down.
  4. Nailah’s interested in meaningful collaborations. Maybe she’s a true believer in the Law of Attraction but it seems like this has been working to her advantage. Nailah’s been on a relationship building drive. Her collaborations, in a very short space of time with artistes like Kees, Shenseea, Fay Ann Lyons, Sekon Sta and Erphaan Alves, Tarrus Riley and Ding Dong have proven incredibly effective. She’s pretty much been building a catalogue of music that’s unparalleled while at the same time, benefitting from powerful networks. Now, she’s on to creating her debut album, outside of Trinidad and Tobago.
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