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Archived: Kees Strips Shirtless in Speyside- Shows Off His Seduction At Jazz 2013

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A steamy showcase of Soca, reggae, R&B and even calypso music courtesy Kes The Band – led of course by the band’s main man, Kees Dieffenthaller was all that it took to get the crowd at Speyside in the countryside of Tobago, to their feet and moving toward the front of the stage last evening. Taking over the show from performers like the ever enjoyable Fire Empress and her husband, David Reid who together make up Fire Fuzion, Trinidad based jazz band, Hyjnx, Tobagonian vocalist, Kervern Carter and Barbados’ Arturo Tapin, Kees left a lasting impression at the first event on the Tobago Jazz Experience 2013 calendar. He even scored points among the ladies when he went shirtless- strutting his stuff across the stage and teasing with every chord sung.

Kees thrilled the crowd at Speyside last night with his amazing vocals.

Kees wearing his island hat that’s become a mainstay to his look, exemplified Caribbean swag. #islandGQ

His sex appeal wasn’t the main attraction last evening but that certainly didn’t stop the ladies from lusting. His vocals on point as usual, the island pop heartthrob and his musical outfit of well endowed male and female dancers, musicians and technical crew impressed beyond words. Kees’ on stage swag has been a topic of many discussions in the past. On show night in Tobago, the conversations continued as many looked on in awe of his presence and natural knack for stimulating audience members of different ages.

The Speyside event brought out a massive crowd of villagers from the area and certainly as far as the Scarborough area. Many had made the trek to the countryside to take in the experience and with Kes the Band a headline act, it was more a matter of what time to get there, rather than if they should be there. They were all there!

Delivering a slate of hits that ranged from his 2011 Groovy Soca Monarch winner, Wotless to his reggae hit, Tuesday on the Rocks, some of the oldies but goodies in genres familiar to most if not all, and in between flashing smiles of appreciation to the crowd who raised their hands and moved their waists in approval, Kees was a hit. Chatting with ETCETERABUZZ.COM before the show, he said he felt privileged to have been included on the Jazz Experience cast and was happy to have had the opportunity to appear in the rural village of Speyside, noting that such areas are often forgotten.

Fya Empress of Fya Fuzion gave a tremendous performance.

Fya Empress of Fya Fuzion gave a tremendous performance.

Also appearing and impressing with their powerful renditions were King Super Blue- T&T’s reigning road march and Power Soca Monarch King and his step son, K Rich. Backstage, K Rich told us he was happy to be a part of the show and couldn’t wait to perform for the audience. Also leaving his mark last evening with what could only be described as a powerful reggae set was Guardah Knight. He performed just after Kees and truly thrilled the crowd. SuperBlue donned a dapper looking blue jacket that dazzled in the spotlight and like the showman he is- he infiltrated with poise and fervor.

This evening, the Jazz experience continues. Fans of Positive, Kimba Sorzano, Isaac Blackman and others are in for a treat and ETCETERABUZZ.COM will be live on location to bring you the latest, as it happens. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook as we follow the fun and bring it to you.

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Shaft’s Master Plan for Artistes Will Blow You Away. Super Songwriter Prepares for Global Connects.

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He’s never too far. He’s a part of the carnival tapestry even when you hardly hear of his pursuits in a season. T&T’s carnival 2019 period has seen Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop penetrate the airwaves with more than six carnival anthems. He’s the man behind Patrice Roberts’ killer tourism-jingle- like hit, ‘This is The Place,’ and Lyrikal’s monster chipper, ‘Passing Through.” Shaft’s always in the shadows, even when his name isn’t calling much.

Patrice Roberts on stage.
PHOTO : Jermaine Cruickshank.

For years, Jason’s been the songwriter of choice for many. From Destra Garcia who’s hit ‘Lucy’ was written by Bishop, to Machel Montano, Nikki Crosby’s ‘Granny’ persona- who he manages, and certainly Patrice Roberts, with whom he struck gold when they delivered, “Big Girl Now”. His artist repertoire across the islands, includes the likes of Peter Ram, Alison Hinds, King Bubba and Ricardo Drue. Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop is most certainly the model songwriter in the Caribbean. “I’m an executive songwriter. I’m the only songwriter with such a significant number of songs tabulated since 1999,” he said to us during an exclusive EBUZZTT interview. Jason’s however got his eyes set on international territory these days, telling us that when Carnival is over, he’ll be heading out to Los Angeles where he’ll be treading deep waters outside of his calm Caribbean comfort zone.

Jason writes for each season, one year in advance. Explaining his process to EBUZZTT, he said he offers artistes full concepts based on his vision for the songs he pens. He also personally hand picks who receives which songs, based on character, topic and personality. Ahead of Barbados’ CropOver, he’s already prepared to distribute songs to the artistes who’ll sing them. “I’m heading to Barbados this evening,” he said when we spoke with him on Thursday. Jason’s been hard at work. His team, based in Barbados, has worked arduously behind the scenes, executing his vision of creating a full fledged songwriting business, that also features other elements that would aid all artistes in the execution of their goals. “I’m setting up offices of Shaft Vibes Entertainment in Barbados, Trinidad and New York,” he said, highlighting that artistes will be able to hire professional songwriters for all genres, videographers, marketing specialists and even dancers.

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5 Things Trinis Do That’ll Either Intrigue You or Make You Cringe.

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Thousands are flooding Trinidad and Tobago’s shores even as you read. It’s Carnival. The feting season’s here and in the next couple weeks, the island’s guaranteed to be overrun with tourists from around the world. Never been? Here are five words that’ll tell you all you need to know about the people of Trinidad and Tobago…. TRINBAGONIANS LIVE FOR THE THRILL.

Machel Montano will be at Army Fete 2019.

Whether it’s how Trinis fete or how they interact with visitors, the energy that embodies the people of this West Indian twin island, will mesmerize you in one way or another. One thing’s for sure, you’ll never be able to get Trinidad and Tobago off your mind.

We’ll get you started with 5 things Trinbagonians do that will either make you smile and want give it a try, or give you the heebie jeebies. If you’re American, you’re guaranteed to get where we’re coming from. For those who aren’t… the replacement phrase would be uncomfortably nervous. Here goes:

1. Trinbagonians drink alcohol in the streets, unhindered and unbridled. There are no laws against it.


2. They take carnival loans. Now, while in the Western world or anywhere credit equates to life, this act would be questioned, in Trinidad and Tobago, a carnival loan simply taken to “enjoy the season”, is a norm.


3. The impromptu J’ouvert potty stop doesn’t always mean an indoor toilet stop. We’ll leave that one to your imagination. Just note that at Carnival, there’s usually a no holds barred kind of attitude to life.


4. Ketchup is a staple condiment to most street food and even home cooked meals like ‘pelau’. So, while in North America, a ketchup bottle would never accompany a pizza slice, the exact opposite takes place in these parts. In fact, Trinbagonians now add a slew of other condiments to their food… like garlic sauce and shadow beni sauce. Get with it! FAST.


5. Spending exorbitant amounts to see the same artistes you’d see at a $200 fete, just to say, “I went to _______ fete” for “the experience” is another norm here. According to some, Trinidad and Tobago just isn’t a real place. We’ll leave the rest to you, now… Have fun!

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