NBC’s The Voice: Season 5 winner, Tessanne Chin stirred emotions and made hearts flutter in Trinidad once again on Tuesday night, but this time she was actually in T&T and not just performing on the hit television series.
Chin was the special guest act, and for many the main attraction, other than headliners Kes The Band during their inaugural Tuesday On The Rocks concert event, on Tuesday night at O2 Park in Chaguaramas.
Taking the stage at 12.20 a.m., Chin performed her duet with Kees Dieffenthaller, “Loving You”, before belting out two of the songs that earned her The Voice crown (“Try” and “I Have Nothing”) as well as her initial Caribbean hit “Hideaway” and her latest single, “Tumbling Down”. Thanking the audience profusely for supporting her throughout her career, Chin was as gracious and sweet as ever and left many cheeks in the audience and backstage damp with emotion.
“I’m really very happy to be back here in Trinidad,” she said afterward. “It is truly my second home and I have forged so many great friendships and memories here that I will never be a stranger. I wish I could stay for a while, but at the same time, I’m looking forward to my doubles before I leave in the morning!”
Before leaving the stage, “Kees and Tess” combined for one more duet, which seemed to leave the ownership of the titles “Soca King and Queen” in question once again this week, as the audience raved for their cover of Machel Montano and Destra Garcia’s hit, “It’s Carnival”.
Leading up to the arrival of the now world-famous Jamaican songstress, Kes The Band wowed his bevy of fans with a three-hour set of recent releases, old favourites and a string of guest collaborators, including: calypso icon David Rudder, chutney star Ravi B, groovy soca monarch contender Kerwin Du Bois, Grenadian sensation Mr Kill@ and his Rolly Polly dancers, radio personality 5Star Akil and former band mate Nadia Batson. Question Mark Entertainment director Simon Baptiste said:
“We’re extremely grateful and thankful to Tessanne for taking the time to come back and be a part of this event with us...as well as to all our sponsors and of course, to the fans for coming out and supporting Kes The Band.
“This was hopefully the first of many to come and we’re happy to have delivered on all our promises and to have been blessed with good weather, good health and the ability of execute the plan we put in place months ago.”
In 2005, former Imij and Co vocalist Dieffenthaller left that ensemble to form his own “band of brothers” dubbed Kes The Band and since then, the talented vocalist and songwriter has lived up to his initial commitment “to be different” and to stay away from the prescribed routes and myriad of mishaps common to most fledging local soca bands. Their first single was not soca at all, but the introspective and inspiring “Lion” single set the stage for a wave of possibilities.
Nine years later and we find the entire paradigm within the local industry has shifted: the style and sound of music which Kes The Band first introduced to the diaspora as Island Pop has now become the norm and the world has taken notice as Trinbagonian and Caribbean acts continue to excel in the field.
As the countdown to Carnival 2014 comes closer to completion, we see that Kes The Band has stuck to their game plan of producing good music, establishing their fan base and building upon that, even as they mature sonically and professionally.
“Yet another dream come true for me and for us, I should say,” said Dieffenthaller.
“Working with all these amazing people is a dream come true, seeing all these beautiful people come out and celebrate the Carnival with us was fantastic and being able to share our talent, while spreading the love with our music and songs.
“It was really a great feeling and a blessing to be able to reach this far and to achieve these things and we look forward to doing more in the near future. Enjoy the Carnival everybody...be safe and have fun.”