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Kes Returning to T&T With IZWE For C2K23. Details Inside.

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Kes The Band will ring in the return of Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival after three long years with their IZWE Festival, set for Tuesday, February 14th at Brian Lara Cricket Academy in San Fernando, Trinidad.

The event was launched in 2021 as a series of five, socially-distanced concerts during what would have been that year’s Carnival season. The limited-capacity shows were the first sanctioned live music events held in Trinidad & Tobago after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, which began one year earlier, and just days after the close of Trinidad & Tobago’s Carnival 2020. 

Things having opened up, Kes has exported IZWE in an expanded festival format to New York City and Toronto. IZWE concerts were hosted in 2021 and 2022 in those cities, respectively. Some 8,000 fans attended each event, with July’s IzWe Toronto concert receiving national media coverage in Canada from outlets including CBC and Breakfast Television.

With IZWE 2023, the band is set to bring the show back home to Trinidad on the Tuesday before Trinidad & Tobago Carnival — the same calendar spot where Kes held its Tuesday on the Rocks concert series from 2014 to 2020. Fans can stay tuned for guest artist announcements and more details at www.kestheband.com

The homecoming follows a banner 2022 for Kes, which included a mainstage performance at ESSENCE Fest in July, where the band played for one of its largest audiences to date. Summer saw Kes usher in the return of carnival celebrations across the Caribbean and its Diaspora, with performances in Guyana, Barbados, Anguilla, Grenada, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Houston, Toronto, London, and New York City. Their Liki Tiki U.S. Tour followed in September and October, with sold out dates up and down the East and West Coast.

This week, the band returns to the Caribbean for the Tomac Festival in Plymouth, Tobago, on Oct. 24, followed by the World Creole Music Festival in Roseau, Dominica, on Oct. 28.
Kes’ next and last U.S. date of 2022 is at Houston’s Tribeville fest on November 26th.

The band is currently wrapping work on their forthcoming full-length album, Man With No Door. The rollout began in January with island-pop smash “Jolene,” followed by “Liki Tiki,” their region-spanning, multilingual collaboration with Haiti’s Michael Brun and JPerry


“Liki Tiki” is currently up for GRAMMY® consideration in the Best Global Music Performance category.

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