Kees Diffenthaller began performing in the late 90’s as the lead singer in a cover band that specialized in chart toppers and popular soca and reggae tracks. His great stage presence and performance quickly created a buzz and attracted a loyal following. Due to this, Kees left the cover band to form his own band with the dream of producing great, original music with an international appeal.
Since their formation, the band was achieved significant worldwide success. They have released several albums with more than a dozen tracks making it into the top 10 major Caribbean Charts. In addition, the band has won numerous awards for songwriting, toured globally and performed at major festivals and events in the United States, Cananda and Germany. They have also opened for acts such as Sean Paul, Musiq Soul Child, Usher, John Legend and Rihanna.
Kes the Band has managed to blend soulful vocals & calypso inspired melodies, over a fusion of rock riffs, island beats and hints of soca & reggae. This unique mixture has enabled the band to become a household name in Trinidad and Tobago and throughout the Caribbean circuit includind Miami, New York and Los Angeles.
Raised between America and the island of Trinidad and Tobago, Aaron Fresh is a breath-taking combination of West Indian and American culture. Beginning his love affair with song at an early age, 17-year-old Aaron knew that he wanted to sing by the time he reached seven years old.
In Port-Au-Spain, Aaron gained a sincere appreciation for reggae, dub and calypso music. Drawing inspiration from homegrown West Indian acts like Buju Banton and Sizzla, Aaron made sure that with his love of music, he still remembered to enjoy his childhood.
Soca music was definitely on tap at Tempo Turns 4, with Trinidad native Iwer George. For over twenty years, his distinctive vocal style and unfailing ability to stir a crowd have shaken the foundations of Soca and Calypso, making him king of the dancehalls of Trinidad and Tobago. Born in Point Fortin, South Trinidad Iwer's career began at the age of 21. He exploded onto the scene in 1987 with the runaway favourite “Boom Boom Time,” which went on to place 2nd in Trinidad and Tobago’s Road March Competition, and later the same year he took home the coveted Nation Building Calypso award with “Times Hard, Hold Tight.” Since his controversial debut on the Soca music scene, he has been perhaps the most successful artiste of the Jump and Wave theme, with such hits as “Yes Iwer,” “Jump and Dunk,” “Ah Reading,” “Carnival Come Back Again,” “Gimme Ah Bligh” and “We Reach.”
"When I explode unto the stage my mission is to totally entertain my audience. The "ting" has to happen because I am prepared to die to make it happen" – Iwer “D Boss” George
Defying critics by surpassing his first year’s monumental success, he has won several Soca titles in Trinidad and Tobago including the 2002 International Soca Monarch title for “Gimme Ah Bligh,” tying with Bunji Garlin, the 2003 Road March title for “Carnival come Back Again,” tying with Super Blue, and the 2003 Soca Monarch Title for “Ah Home.” He won his third Soca Monarch title in 2007 for the catchy slow Soca song “Fete After Fete,” dethroning Shurwayne Winchester.
“The Big Man in the Business”
Iwer George has been an unique asset to the Soca industry, “taking Soca higher” as he puts it, with contributions not only as a performer, but as promoter, radio station owner, and songwriter. His radio station Soca 91.9FM, broadcasting since 2004 from Point Fortin and with offices in Port-of-Spain and Tobago, plays strictly Soca, Calypso, Rapso, Raga Soca, and Chutney Music. As songwriter, he penned the song “Trinidad” for his brother Naya George, which won for Naya the 2002 Road March title.
As performer, Iwer George has been consistently in demand throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean, where he continues to please and amaze his audiences. Iwer is currently with the Invasion Band along with his brother Naya.
He has been termed “the yardstick against which Dancehall Soca is measured.” By whatever nickname, Iwer George -- “the Boom Boom Man,” “the Big Man in the Business,” “the Boss” – is sure to be the “King Ah De Dance” for many years.
“That is why people should not envy me now that I am enjoying some degree of success because I have paid my dues” –Iwer George
Gamal Doyle is the unmistakeably energetic soca artiste from St. Vincent & the Grenadines, better known as Skinny Fabulous. This talented and versatile artist demonstrates his quick wit and the capacity to mesmerise the crowd while he is on stage. Always willing to push the boundaries of Caribbean music, Skinny Fabulous has a style that falls somewhere between soca and dancehall.
It was in 2008 however, that he made a major impact in the soca arena. The release of "Head Bad" for Vincy Mas that year, led to him winning the St. Vincent Soca Monarch title but this was just the beginning.
Since winning the title, Skinny Fabulous has gone on to collaborate with some of the region’s top soca acts including Jamesy P, Kevin Lyttle, Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, Peter Ram, Fireman Hooper, Kimberly Inniss and many more. He has toured the region, Venezuela, Columbia, USA, Canada, Germany and England; exciting crowds wherever he goes.
Skinny Fabulous' success continued in 2009 when he was awarded St. Vincent & the Grenadines' Entertainer of the Year, was the first runner up in the OECS Soca Monarch competition and adjudged Best New Male Artist at the Soca Music Awards. He was invited to take part in the 2009 International Soca Monarch competition in Trinidad where he placed fifth. However, he received the award for the Best Presentation at that competition. To top it all off, he successfully defended his Vincy soca monarch title with the release of 'De Beast Leh Go' and he again secured a spot to compete in the 2010 International Soca Monarch competition.
In preparation for that competition, he released three tunes for Carnival in Trinidad; 'Summer Body', 'Badder Than Everybody' and a collaboration with Machel Montano called 'Fetting On'.
Easily inspired Skinny Fabulous is an artist on the look out for new material and when on stage he doesn't disappoint as he is always ready to deliver a high energy, impactful performance from his repertoire. BOOM!
Trini artist Benjai, born Rodney Le Blanc,has been around for years alongside the Asylum band, featuring artist such as Bunji Garlin and Faye Ann Lyons. This savvy groovy soca/ragga-soca artist hails from Malabar, Arima, in the twin-island republic, Trinidad and Tobago. With seventeen years in the music industry, his career is continuing to flourish, especially when Carnival season comes around.
Benjai started off participating in sound clashes demonstrating his artistic and lyrical abilities against other youth in Arima and other parts of the island. He proved himself to his peers as one of the more proficient freestle lyricist, and in 2002, he took his talents to the studio to begin recording his debut single, “Over and Over”. It was an instant hit as it was frequently played throughout the Caribbean region and made its way overseas. This soca hit paved the way for a phenomenal career.
Aside from his ties with Asylum, Benjai grabbed the attention of Soca King, Machel Montano. His composing skills and performance style got him an invitation to join internationally recognized, HD Family. The excitement built in Benjai’s career as he recorded a duet performance with Machel, and on the journey to tour the Caribbean region, North American and Europe. Benjai has returned to his career as a solo artist, and since has been releasing hits as “Whole Day” and “Drunk Again".
Its 2011, and he has been causing a stir amongst partygoers with his new release “Whine to the Side” and the tune that has everyone proud to represent T&T, “Trini”.
Chuky has gained props on the Jamaican underground music scene, and he has worked with various UK artistes on many different recording projects and live events, which he has organized and coordinated.
In 2004-5 Chuky, took time out from the music world to complete a Higher National Diploma (HND) in music engineering and production, where he was awarded his certificate at a ceremony held in Birmingham in 2006.
The year 2008 marked a memorable time for Chuky, as he was invited to share the stage in Jamaica with the likes of Yellowman, Beres Hammond, John Holt and Burning Spear to commemorate the passing of Joseph Hill, known to the world as Culture. Chuky was the only dancehall DJ to appear at this stage show. During a visit to America in the same year, Chuky met Danny Rich, an up-and-coming R & B artiste whom he wrote songs for.
The following year, he went to Switzerland where he performed in front of a crowd of over 4,000 people; this was an unforgettable moment in his career. He was amazed to see so many people singing to his songs, which had only been distributed there some months prior to his appearance. That year, he also staged his birthday bash stage show - and the list of guest artistes included Chris Goldfinger (BBC1 Radio) and many more personalities.
In the same year, Chuky flew back to St Elizabeth where he performed on stage with Ninja Man. Now, he's back in Jamaica promoting his new single, Whine Pon Mi, as well as the the reggaeton-pop hybrid Anytime, and the R&B -influenced Angel.
"You can look out for a new song called Mr Agriculture, as well. I am coming to take my space in the music business," Chuky said.
Nadia Batson (born in Trinidad and Tobago) is one of the Caribbean’s premiere solo singers and songwriters.
She also lends her talents to some other artistes behind the scenes, having written the popular single Go Ahead And Do Dat, Face Me and Sleeping In Your Bed (winner of the 2005 International Soca Queen and Groovy Soca Monarch titles) for Soca diva Michelle Sylvester.
In 2006, she sang her carnival hit, One Island and penned the Barbados road march and party monarch tune, Flames, performed by Barry Chandler of Jabae and produced by Trinidad’s Neil Bernard. She also penned Expose for Antigua’s El A Kru lead vocalist Tizzy who claimed second place in Antigua’s Party Monarch competition.
She is a lead vocalist in the super-popular Kes The Band, alongside renowned vocalist Kees Dieffenthaller.
Originally hailing from Trinidad, Lyrikal has been performing and recording music all throughout the metro New York area since 2003.
His talent has reached many listeners, including artists such as Wu Tang Clan and Sean Paul. Who he has made opening performances for.
Patch is one of Trinidad's most versatile artist, singing soca, groovy soca and most recently soca chutney. He started singing in 1999 with a monster hit called "Comess". Success followed success with "Macomere", "Misbehavin", "De Tail Gone", "Calling me Name" & for 2k9 "Rum & Roti" just to name a few.
Patch hails from deep South, Cedros and is a prolific writer, penning songs for artist such as Byron Lee (Love how you wining), Singing Sandra (Keep the Faith), Kurt Allen (Bumper Sticker), Oscar B & Leon Coldero to name a few.
Patch is also a charismatic performer/entertainer. Patch has travelled regionally throughout the Caribbean and various states in the US. Patch is on a musical mission to breakthrough international markets as he strives to promote the art and culture of Trinidad and Tobago.
Patch is a registered artist with Trinidad and Tobago Entertainment Co. Ltd, the one stop shop for entertainment in Trinidad and Tobago. www.ttentonline.com and COTT (Copyright Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago)
Da Ma$tamind & Patch - Rum and Roti
Patch ft Da Ma$tamind - De Tail Gone
Patch ft Mastamind - De Tail Gone (Remix)
Shammi & Patch - Tuttulbay (Remix)
Patch - Nothing
"There's no limit I'm willing to put on myself where doing what I love is concerned. I was born to do what I am doing now, and just the fact that I'm able to be having a career in music and doing what I love everyday, is for me in a sense, success and yes... a dream come true." - Tallpree
International soca artist Wilt "Tallpree" Cambridge represents for the Spice Island, Grenada. A beautiful paradise known for its exotic spices, beaches and warm spirited people. This fiery dancehall-soca artist hails from the town of Vendomme, in the nations capital, St. George. He's been on the musical scene since 1989, but it was not until his 1999 hit "Old Woman Alone", that he became widely recognized as one of Grenada's leading artiste. His perseverance and dedication to his talents as an entertainer began to flourish. Tallpree went from performing at any venue where he was able to touch the mic, to being welcomed to big stage events throughout the Caribbean, the US, Canada and the U.K.
Since 1999, Tallpree has been coming year after year with hit after hit. He is well known for his reoccurring theme relating to Grenada Carnival festivities, especially jouvert. Tallpree represents for the Jab Jab posse straight through, each and every year. Some of his best works include, 2000's "The Grave, The Jail and The Hospital", 2002's "Jab Jab Crew" featuring Bajan Soca Queen Alison Hinds, 2003's "Carnival Madness", and of course his most recent international Carnival phenomenon, 2009's "Wicked Jab". Tallpree remains one of the soca greats being crowned Soca Monarch king a numerous amount of times, and we have a feeling that it doesn't stop here.
Pay close attention because this is how legends are made, Ziggy Ranking an emergent superstar is well on his way to the next level. This October 10th baby born Khori Francis, has had music flowing from the inside of his soul since his conception. With his powerful voice, young Ziggy took his Sunday school choir by storm when he performed at his local Trinidadian church and graced the people with his sound. Eager to gratify and delight bigger audiences, an older Ziggy in his teens performed at multiple "blockos " competitions, claiming numerous chanting victories along his way.
The journey didn't stop there, Ziggy honed his talents when he migrated to "The City that never Sleeps", New York, and attended Queens College. He later graduated with a BSC in Music Technology and after graduation with a gracious heart, he loyally returned to Trinidad, his home, his love and the place that created him.
Determined to succeed and develop his sound Ziggy, has conquered multiple stages across the Caribbean, performing in venues in St. Kitts, St Croix, St. Maarten, Turks & Caicos, Antigua, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Caricou, Curacao, Bahamas, Grenada and so many more.
Ziggy's ever changing vocal abilities coupled with his production and written skills has propelled him into the lives of an increasingly growing fan base. The personable, quiet and friendly demeanor has granted him access into the hearts of all that hear his sound including fellow entertainers who he has brilliantly collaborated with, including Blazer and H20 Phlo and Arista Soul Artist, Angie Stone.
Some of his memorable hits include Love How Yuh Wining, Miserable Life, Zion Train, Girl Next Door and the ever present Another One Gone Again. And the videos that accompany these powerful songs stand strong telling the tales of Ziggy's heart. It is this universal music that has thrusted him up the charts and into numerous awards and accolades which include:
1. Rising Star Award Soca - December 21st 2003
2. USA Soca Male Artist of the Year -October 2nd 2005
3. Club Ice Best Reggae Artiste - 2007
4. 104.7 more fm Artiste of the Year- Jul 21, 2007
5. Saint Lucia Music Awards Favourite Regional Performance - 2008
6. Xclusive Radio 3rd anniversary Soca Artiste of the Year - 2008
7. COTT AWARDS - Best reggae for the Year- 2008
8. Diego Martin Secondary school Soca Explosion Artiste Award - 2009
Ziggy Ranking, Artist, Entertainer, Legend in The Making, is definitely here to blaze trails for lifetimes not just moments... And just like his own saying, his music will inspire all.
The winner of this year’s Chutney Soca Monarch competition was none other than the five time title holder Rikki Jai. Jai came out dressed in a white suit and from beginning to end commanded the audience with his performance. His song “White Oak and Water” was a hit with the fans, but it was Jai’s precision dance moves that really won the crowd over.
Rikki Jai has been in the Chutney Soca industry since 1998 when he released his first song, “Sumintra.” Since then he has had a successful career releasing hit songs such as, “Mor Tor,” “Scorpion,” and “Show me Your Motion.” Today he is the lead singer of the popular Chutney Soca band Karma and continues to make his mark on the Chutney Soca circuit.
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