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Archived: Kees Tells The Powers That Be, “Give The People What They Want.”

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Kees has always been one of Soca music’s most loved entertainers. His success in the Groovy category of the International Soca Monarch competition with the hit single, “Wotless” some years ago, pretty much cemented his name among the big guns in the arena. Fast Forward to 2019 and he’s proving that he’s a mainstay to the season of revelry in Trinidad and Tobago. Carnival 2019 is here and Kees and his band are present! “Savannah Grass”- his hit for the season, is also proving a force, as many argue it’s the perfect Road March anthem, despite its less exhaustive tempo.

Each year, the Road March race heats up and usually there are just a few contenders. Many DJs often make the call pretty early on to tell the truth, and when masqueraders hit the streets, they aren’t left with much options when it comes to the music that’s played for them to jump up to.

Machel Montano is the Reigning Road March champion. In 2019, the soca heavyweight who recently delivered a 20 track album called G.O.A.T, has released at least three Road March contenders, among them a hit called “Famalaay” with Bunji Garlin and Skinny Fabulous. The song, though collaborated on with a St. Vincent national, is eligible to be registered for the Road March race, however Skinny Fabulous will not be credited, should it win the Road March in T&T.

In an interview after his performance at UWI fete on the weekend, Kees told social media influencer and photographer, David Wears that he hopes the people are heard loud and clear in 2019. He even suggested that a separate category be considered for the “street” as this is the area where masqueraders often get to hear all the songs they love and possibly enjoy themselves most during the two day parade.

Take a look at David’s interview with Kees and let us know if you agree with him or not, by leaving a comment below.

#KesDieffenthaller gives us his thoughts on the status of Soca in T&T after an emotional end to his performance at #UWIFete2019.Take a listen and share his views.Thanks Carolyn Pasea-Pogson and the management of #KesTheBand for the opportunity.#C2K19

Posted by David Wears on Sunday, February 3, 2019

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Newspaper Report Misleading. Mr. Killa Will Not Perform at International Soca Monarch In Trinidad.

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Despite reports yesterday that Trinidad and Tobago’s crowned 2019 International Soca Monarch King, Grenada’s Mr. Killa would be performing at the competition next week Friday, there is word today that this is totally untrue.

The artist whose real name is Hollice Mapp, officially withdrew from the competition last week, citing several issues that were left untreated by the organizing committee at ISM. To date, Ebuzztt understands that both parties have met, however sources close to Mr. Killa told us that the artist has no intention of performing at the competition.

On Thursday, the Newsday newspaper in Trinidad and Tobago, reported that the artist would in fact be performing. The Caribbean Prestige Foundation and ISM have since issued the following statement:

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Grenada Stands Firm with Mr. Killa. TalkShow Hosts on the Island, Weigh In.

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The news of Grenada’s Mr. Killa’s withdrawal from defending his title in this year’s International Soca Monarch competition has led to some fiery online debate on the matter of Trinidad and Tobago’s support of other Caribbean islands’ involvement in Carnival. Some social media critics and commentators from the Spice Isle have outright stated that there has been no support or promotion of the Grenadian artiste heading into the competition.

This morning, in Grenada, talkshow hosts on Power 95.1FM weighed in on the hot topic, going as far as to include Machel Montano in their banter, arguing that had Montano been the defending champion, complementaries would have been sent to Montano’s team with hopes of his attendance.

Here’s a look at the video clip of the on air discussion. Feel free to chime in on the issue and let us know how you feel about this situation in our comments section below.

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