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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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Swappi Deserved to Win. Artiste Breaks Down. Here’s Why!

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He cried tears, broke down like we’d never seen him, in the aftermath of a phenomenal carnival 2019 season that even resulted in a major Carnival title- the Groovy Soca Monarch crown. Marvin Davis grew up in the Sea Lots community. He’s the perfect example of rags to riches. Swappi’s also testimony that anyone who believes, can achieve. In the aftermath of Carnival 2019, Swappi quietly reflected in a chat with Ebuzztt, tearing up over the fact that he had almost given up.

Swappi recalls a trying few years, prior to 2019.

“I’m kind of emotional right now, because I actually didn’t see this coming,” he said to us. He had been at home, laid back, after securing the win on Fantastic Friday. Swappi could not contain his emotions. He admitted that he’d been extremely frustrated prior to 2019. “I’m laying here and thinking of how frustrating and confusing it was for me last year and the year before that and the year before that. I remember going to the grocery and picking up stuff, putting it in my trolley, and getting to the cash register and having to put it all back because all I had was $20,” he said with a level of humility and sadness that could not be faked. Swappi sighed emotionally at the memory, adding, “It was really challenging, very challenging to know that this is all that I do, music…. I just want to thank all the DJs, promoters, program directors, everyone, for giving me a second chance,” he said. He expressed gratitude to all who had played a part this past Carnival season, in essentially allowing him to see the light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

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Buju Banton Gives Fans Thrill They Anticipated At Long Walk to Freedom Concert, Jamaica.

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Buju Banton is back in full force. On Saturday, March 16th, the Jamaican reggae and dancehall entertainer proved that he’s still the artiste many love and respect, this even after some 8 years off the performance circuit. The Long Walk to Freedom concert held at the Jamaica National Stadium, saw a massive crowd of fans assemble for a night many will remember for the rest of their lives.

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Buju Banton performs in Trinidad and Tobago on Easter Sunday, April 21st.

Die hard reggae and dancehall lovers, many of them with Jamaican ancestry, had flown in from Miami, New York and Canada, and parts across the Caribbean. The concert was certainly one many felt they couldn’t miss, it being Buju’s first appearance on stage, post release from a US Federal prison in December 2018. He did not disappoint. Just one day prior to the concert, an online firestorm erupted, involving his son Markus. The young music producer had uttered uncanny words, calling on US president, Donald Trump to take his father back to prison, but amid the social media blitz of negative slander, Gargamel stood unfazed and presented himself like the Lion many know he is, on stage at the stadium. Reports surfaced that Buju was in fact questioned by police, just prior to hitting the stage on Saturday night. Ebuzztt could not confirm the report.

The concert brought to the fore, a number of well renowned crowd pleasers, among them, Cocoa Tea, Singing Melody and LUST, Ghost, new reggae sensation, Koffee, Wayne Wonder, Beres Hammond- both of whom performed their hit collaborations with Buju, Romain Virgo, Chronixx, Gramps Morgan and others. The crowd received a show of epic proportions, to say the least, and just when they thought it could get no better, the Lion of Dancehall, roared.

Video Credit: The Jamaica Star
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