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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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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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Mr. Killa Does Damage At ISM 2019 Semi Finals.

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Who is this Mr. Killa and why the hell is he mashing up Trinidad and Tobago? The King of ‘Mash Up’ hails from Grenada and like a whirlwind he’s invaded Trinidad in the heat of the Carnival season… and guess what? Nobody’s complaining! Go brave Killa, go brave!

The entertainer, born, Hollice Mapp, hails from Guave. He’s no newbie. In fact, Mr. Killa’s been Grenada’s culture ambassador for quite some time. He’s an incredible entertainer. In Ibiza a couple years ago, Mr. Killa’s on stage antics led to an insane viral energy that immediately propelled him further. In the wake of that, his social media activity thrust him even higher toward stardom in the Caribbean, amplifying his worth as an all round entertainer. From dancing to performance and vocal ability, Mapp has all that it takes to stand among the best in the music industry.

On Sunday night in Arima, East Trinidad, Mr. Killa made his presence felt, like only he could, at the semi finals of the International Socia Monarch competition- so much so that the online competition punters have already crowned him King, ahead of Fantastic Friday. The artiste’s tune, ‘Run Wid It’ has influenced pure wild abandon at fetes, in recent days. People have reportedly been picking other people, tables, chairs and other items of solid weight. There’s no doubt that Mr. Killa’s influence is real and powerful.

Take a look at his performance from the Semi Finals of the ISM competition, on Sunday night. Let us know if you think Mr. Killa’s the man to beat on finals night in Port-of-Spain.

Hollice Mapp aka Mr. Killa Run With It- ISM 2019 semi finals! That performance was pure 🔥 🔥 🔥 🇬🇩 🇬🇩 🇬🇩Just so killa run up in the finals!

Posted by Doc Edd Francis on Sunday, February 10, 2019

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