Kees rocks the city

Observer writer

Friday, December 29, 2017

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THERE'S little question that Kees Dieffenthaller, lead singer of KES the Band, loves Jamaica. The Trinidad and Tobago soca star treated fans not only to a high-quality performance at I Love Soca Jamaica: Cooler Festival, on Boxing Day at Sabina Park in Kingston, but performed his new reggae-flavoured single Go Dung for the first time.

“It's been a song in the making. It is a tribute to '90s dancehall. It was very significant that the first time I performed this particular track was in Jamaica because it reminds me of my experience in Jamaica and with dancehall music growing up in the '80s and '90s,” Dieffenthaller told Splash.

The track is a collaboration with Major Lazer and was released digitally on December 25.

Go Dung wasn't the only highlight for the evening as Dieffenthaller put in a strong 45-minute set that had the packed venue, especially the females, in the palm of his hands. With precision, he reeled off his huge catalogue of hits from classics like Million to People and Incredible. To the delight of his audience, he threw in two quick reggae medleys, the first drawing from Buju Banton. The second threw the crowd into frenzy when Dieffenthaller began spitting the lyrics to Aidonia's Yeah Yeah, Ding Dong's Shoulder Fi A Fling, and Vybz Kartel's Mhm Hm. Each song was delivered with his signature energy. He finished with an encore, or so everyone thought, as he returned later in the night for a quick jaunt alongside sprint legend Usain Bolt as things took a more dancehall turn towards the close of the event.

“One word: epic. I mean it's cliché, but without a doubt you can see it tonight the people came out, Kees delivered, people enjoying themselves. It was an amazing show, amazing production, and it feels good to be contributing to the Christmas season with a soca party,” Andrew Bellamy, co-promoter, told Splash.

Before Kees hit the stage at 11:00 pm, the party was already in full swing as the cadre of DJs — Smoke Richie Ras, Lantern MD and King Taj — putting patrons in the mood.




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