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Music that brings people together: Get ready for Tuesday On The Rocks concert

By Wayne Bowman

wayne.bowman@trinidadexpress.com

Kes The Band has been enjoying one of their best Carnival seasons to date and will put the proverbial icing on the cake this coming Tuesday, February 6, as they celebrate the fifth instalment of their mega-popular concert event entitled, ‘Tuesday on the Rocks’ (TOTR 5).

Staged at O2 Park in Chaguaramas, this annual event has become a staple on the Carnival calendar and is expected to attract even more fans from around the country, region and globe this year, due to the band’s infectious Carnival 2018 hit on the Folklore Riddim entitled, ‘Hello’.

‘Hello is such a simple, but powerful greeting,’ said lead singer, Kees Dieffenthaller about the significance of the song’s refrain. ‘It’s one of those things that can literally make or break someone’s day-depending on how and if it is said and what tone is used. The theme of this year’s concert event is ‘When We Combine’ cause that’s what we always want our music to do-bring people together-and just saying hello is one the first building blocks to collaboration…’ The magic of collaboration will manifest both on and offstage at TOTR 5 with fans from all walks of life assembling to experience a superior level of entertainment value from a diverse array of talent. International superstars, ‘Nico & Vinz’ are confirmed to attend and will perform their smash hit, ‘Am I Wrong’.

For those who may not be familiar, Nico & Vinz are a Norwegian duo consisting of Kahouly Nicolay ‘Nico’ Sereba from Holmlia, Osla andVincent ‘Vinz’ Dery from Lambertseter, Oslo. They formed in 2010 as ‘Envy’, but changed their name to Nico & Vinz by the end of 2012.

In April 2013, they released ‘Am I Wrong’ after they changed their name and in coordination with their signing to Warner Bros Records in the US to avoid being confused with other artistes with a similar name. With international success of the single, the duo changed the credits of the single to the new adopted name. The song

peaked to number 2 on the Norwegian Singles Chart and also peaked to number 2 on the Danish Singles Chart and number 2 on the Swedish Singles Chart. It also reached number one on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.

The music video for ‘Am I Wrong’ was directed and edited by Kavar Singh and filmed in Botswana and at the Victoria Falls between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was put together in a deliberate effort to present a positive side of Africa when the image of the continent is too often mired in negative news stories.

Also performing at TOTR 5 will be Jamaican dancehall legend, ‘Red Rat’, who returns to Trinidad Carnival for the first time in many years and will join soca stars Blaxx (Dexter Stewart), Nadia Batson, Shal (Stephenson Marshall) and Patrice Roberts onstage, alongside the next generation of talent with Erphaan Alves, Turner (Trevon Turner), Nailah Blackman and two-time Soca Monarch, Voice (Aaron St Louis) all scheduled to appear and perform their respective hit songs.

Crossover band, Lujoe The Gifted has earned its place as the opening act and the magic that will happen live onstage is scheduled to begin and run from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

‘We always stress that this event is not a typical fete,’ Dieffenthaller explained, ‘but, in fact, it is a full-on concert that we put on at Carnival time because of the magical energy that exists within our National Festival. Carnival itself is a living, breathing organism that brings people together from all around the world and from really diverse musical, economic and social backgrounds- it’s a true celebration of life and freedom, music and culture and also a showcase of what all of these different and diverse people, positive minds, hearts and spirits can create and share together!’

Tickets for ‘Tuesday on the Rocks 5’ may still be available now at www.ticketgateway. com or from: Haagen Dazs Stores nationwide; Castro’s Bar in Arima; 519 Restaurant, C3 Centre, San Fernando; Desigual, Movietowne POS and Riley’s, Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook. For more info: WhatsApp or call 868-3924752.

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