Kees Dieffenthaller

Kees Dieffenthaller, of Kes the Band, mid-performance at the Essence Music Festival, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

Since claiming the Soca Monarch and Road March titles in 2020, the band of brothers known as Kes has been working assiduously and steadfastly to showcase, promote and effectively ease soca music into the mainstream music markets of the world.

Masters of the groovy soca sound, Kes has also become expert at sharing our electric and engaging Carnival energy throughout their live performances. Thus, the band continues to package, present and open doors for the music and culture of our twin-island republic and, by extension, the Caribbean region and the sokah genre.

In 2022, Kes released the singles “Jolene” (which has garned scores of streams, plays, downloads and over 1.4 million views of the video on YouTube) and “Liki Tiki”, featuring Michael Bruin and JPerry from Haiti, which is becoming a bonafide smash with over two million views on YouTube.

Last weekend, the band performed for a sold-out audience in Toronto, Canada, for their first “Iz We Toronto” concert event, and announced dates for an American bicoastal tour over the next three months.

Following their appearance at the massive Essence Music Festival in New Orleans (alongside Wyclef, Machel Montano, Nas and Nicki Minaj), Kes will next headline Hot 97’s On Da Reggae and Soca Tip event, scheduled for September 2 at the Coney Island Amphitheatre, alongside Tarrus Riley, Romain Virgo, Ding Dong Ravers and Patrice Roberts.


IN Ras Shorty I’s iconic song, “Watch Out My Children”, he gave the ominous war­ning of a man with a bag of white powder. Cocaine, or “white powder”, has brought shame and disgrace to the human race since the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s.

Delivering beautiful smiles is Dr Cornelia Blackman’s life work. Blackman is the founder of CB Dental Studio, a family and cosmetic dental practice where on a typical day she goes beyond examining teeth, gums and other dental issues. Whether Blackman is engaging her patients and followers on Instagram or physically at her practice, one thing is sure—her passion for changing lives, one smile at a time.

What are you doing?

That’s the million-dollar question music creators and fans across the region are asking after seeing Sea Lots native Yung Bredda go from appearing on social media feeds to the top of international dancehall charts in under a year.

Nineties-style costuming, original live big brass and affordable prices.

That’s what veteran masman Peter Samuel is promising from his Kinetic Mas Carnival 2023 presentation Exhale and Cyber Nation.

Samuel launched the two-tier, one-band experience, on Tuesday, at Kinetic’s Alberto Street, Woodbrook, mas camp. The band allows masqueraders to choose to play mas on Monday only with Exhale ($850) or to pay for the full experience and join his Cyber Nation ($3,200 to $4,300).