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Kes Bring Soca To The Grammy’s Global Spin Series.

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KES are the first soca act, and the first artists from Trinidad & Tobago, to be featured in Global Spin, the Recording Academy’s new digital performance series highlighting artists from around the world.

Airing biweekly on the Recording Academy‘s official YouTube channel, Facebook page, Instagram page, and Twitter profile, Global Spin is the new home for global music on GRAMMY.com, the official website of The GRAMMYs and the Recording Academy. Each episode features a performance from a notable artist or group, celebrating both the creators and their home countries.

For their Global Spin appearance, KES performed their latest track, “Jolene.” A blend of soca, afrobeats, calypso and island pop produced by British-Trinidadian producer Dwala, “Jolene” gives listeners a first taste of KES’ next full-length album, coming this Summer through California-based Ineffable Records

“We’re always excited to carry our music to new spaces and places,” says KES frontman Kees Dieffenthaller, also known as KES. “As the first soca artists to be featured on Grammy.com, and the Global Spin series in particular, we’re thrilled to be able to introduce not only our music, but soca and the rich musical tradition of Trinidad & Tobago, to the Recording Academy, and the world at large.” 

KES’ Global Spin appearance is particularly notable as it captures one of the band’s final performances with long-time keyboardist and musical director Ricardo Rameshwar, known as Ricky Bobby, who passed away tragically and suddenly on Feb. 1st. 

One of Trinidad & Tobago’s most popular and celebrated acts, KES (aka Kes The Band) have consistently blazed new trails for soca, the genre created in the 1970s by the late Trinidadian music legend Lord Shorty (aka Ras Shorty I). The band — which, along with KES, consists of his brothers Jon (guitar) and Hans (drums) Dieffenthaller, and bassist Riad Boochoon (bass) — has brought soca to stages around the world, while collaborating with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Wizkid and Major Lazer, among others.

“The most innovative band coming out of Trinidad and Tobago, Kes is pushing the sonic limits of soca and calypso,” said Shawn Thwaites, Genre Manager, Global Music at the Recording Academy. “Their blend of soca, R&B, rock and soul are a musical callaloo of goodness.”

2021 saw KES make their U.S. television debut on Late Night with Steven Colbert, and return to the States for their first tour dates in over two years, culminating in their IzWe concert in New York City, which brought nearly 10,000 fans to Brooklyn’s Boardwalk Lot on Labor Day. The band also appeared, virtually, at Essence Fest 2021. Pulling that momentum into the new year, KES last month released the official music video for “Jolene.” The clip, gorgeously shot by Trinidadian film director Maya Cozier (She Paradise), has just been added to rotation at BET Soul.

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Buju Banton Celebrates 51st Birthday Following Sold Out Weekend Shows in New York.

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He’s booked to return to New York in November but before that, renowned reggae artiste, Buju Banton will make 13 stops across the US. The Overcome Tour kicks off on August 23rd in Fort Lauderdale. The tour announcement came on the artiste’s birthday, earlier today.

Buju’s weekend double showcase at The UBS Arena has been the talk of the internet- photos and videos showing a sold out arena on both Saturday and Sunday. On stage on Saturday night, Buju – one of Jamaica’s most beloved entertainers, said God had bigger plans for him, despite being written off for a US return, by some. “They said, “you will never come back to the United States of America…” And I said to them, “let’s see what God will do.””

Buju Banton performs at UBS arena on July 13th


Online, some fans have described Buju’s performance in New York as spiritual, one person saying, “When you were ordained to do this, nobody can take it away.”
Buju returned to the US on May 2nd after six years. Prior to the weekend showcase, he had not performed in the States, in 15 years.

A media release by Destine Media confirmed a crowd of 36,000 filled the Long Island arena on the weekend. Noting the success of both shows, it was announced that Buju will now go on a multi-city tour accompanied by the Shiloh band. “The Overcomer tour will feature Billboard chart-topping special guest artiste, Fridayy,” it explained. “Known for his exceptional musical abilities, Fridayy, a Haitian American singer, songwriter, and record producer, has made waves in the music industry with his “When It Comes To You”, Stand By Me”, “Without You” and his triple Grammy nominated song “God Did” by Dj Khaled featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and John Legend.”

In a statement regarding the milestone, Buju’s manager, represented by Joesph Budafuco, expressed great pride in the entertainer’s accomplishments. Budafuco highlighted the significance of Buju returning to tour in the US after a 15-year hiatus, emphasizing the anticipation and excitement surrounding the upcoming tour.

An artiste known for his conscious expressions, both on stage and off, Buju celebrates his 51st year of life today. He certainly has a lot to celebrate.

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Marley Magic. Stephen Remixes Old Soul.

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Stephen Marley, the acclaimed 8x GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer, announces the release of a new remix of his single “Old Soul,” the title track of his latest critically- acclaimed album by DJ Delano of Renaissance Disco titled (DJ Delano Renaissance Santa Barbara Mix).


The remix also features a sample of the classic ‘Santa Barbara’ riddim created by the legendary Grammy Award-winning Jamaican drummer, Sly Dunbar (Sly & Robbie).

The new “Old Soul” remix release coincides with the resumption of the second leg pf Stephen’s Old Soul Tour (Unplugged) dates starting this Saturday, May 25th at the Cali Roots Festival in Monterey, California with his brother Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.  Both the remix and tour are a continuation of Stephen Marley’s support of his landmark album Old Soul that was released last fall. 


“I was invited to play at Stephen Marley’s daughter’s wedding reception and wanted to play ‘Old Soul,’ my favorite song from the album, while people were dancing.  I decided to drop a riddim on the spot to create a remix doing it live.  They loved the mix and vibe from ‘the remix king” and this how the remix came about.” shared DJ Delano of Renaissance Disco.

ABOUT STEPHEN MARLEY

Stephen Marley is an acclaimed singer and producer. He has worked closely with his brother Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley on the massive crossover hit Welcome To Jamrock. In addition, he continues to champion charitable endeavors centered in Jamaica as a co-founder of the Ghetto Youths Foundation, along with his brothers Damian and Julian Marley.

In 2017, Stephen established Kaya Fest, the annual music festival, which features special guests and rare family performances, all with the larger purpose of raising awareness around the benefits of cannabis, guided by the mantra “Education Before Recreation.” This summer, Stephen embarked on his annual, hugely successful Babylon By Bus Tour, and this week, he commences his Old Soul Tour Unplugged across the US.

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