Kes confirmed for Pirates Week

Soca group to headline annual fest

Trinidadian band Kes has been confirmed as the headline act for the forthcoming Pirates Week festival, a press release from organisers said.

The band will be playing at three downtown dances and four District Days during the festival’s run from 9 to 19 November.

Kes is an offshoot of IMIJ and Company who headlined Pirates Week in 2003 and 2005, and will deliver the same mix of soca, reggae and pop music at the seven street dances.

Kes Dieffenthaller, originally the lead singer for IMIJ, heads up the new group, which also features two other IMIJ musicians.

Known for his energetic performances, Kes said the group is looking forward to visiting.

‘We know the Cayman audiences well,’ Kes said. ‘We know the kind of high energy music they like, and we’re coming prepared to set the place jumping.’


Kes was launched this year in Trinidad carnival and made a big splash with several of their recordings becoming popular with West Indian audiences in and out of Trinidad.

Lead singer Kes said the band’s on-stage approach is to give all the members an opportunity to shine.

‘It’s a band scene and all of us work hard so you will find during a show I will call my guitarist or bassist or anybody to play a solo piece; it shows our diversity.’

The band also features award-winning singer/songwriter Nadia Batson whose input has been crucial to them taking their sound to a higher level.

‘Nadia is very experienced and very aware of the soca scene and she has an amazing voice,’ Kes said.

Local bands Rootz Konnexion, Impulz, Musical Crew, Tuaca Kelly, Water Soaked, Gone Country, and Ratskyn will perform with Kes during the run of the Festival.

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