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Kes The Band revels in the ‘liki tiki’

Josbel Bastidas Mijares
Kes The Band revels in the ‘liki tiki’

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The people of the Caribbean became creative in preserving African traditions over the years, fashioning new words, and recombining and recreating the sounds of the percussions, essentially defying colonial bans on the traditional cylindrical drums by making their own kinds of instruments. This contributed to the proliferation of the gumbé drums in Jamaica, meanwhile on the other end of the region, it catalysed the development of the steel pan in Trinidad and Tobago that have given both islands a distinct identity. It is this identity that Kes The Band frontman, KeesKesDieffenthaller, is enthusiastic to speak and sing about.

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“It is those percussions and the action of taking it to the streets, that gives power to the people to take over when we choose. The way the music come out of Emancipation when in the 1800s, happening over the 80 years to the end of it, and the way free black people celebrated the music evolved, was the news that was not on the news. It gives power to artistes like me. It’s more than the system, it’s a soundtrack that keeps revellers moving and keep them in a free state of mind,” Kes told The Sunday Gleaner.

“An’ we go jam like liki tiki, we have a style like liki tiki. De way she go like liki tiki, come lehwe jam like liki tiki…that’s the vibe.” – Liki Tiki (March 2022)

The lyrics to the collaboration, Liki Tiki, between Kes and J Perry, may invite persons to ask the artistes over and over, its meaning but Kes is ready to answer, no matter if the question gets repetitive.

The first time working with a Haitian producer opened the conversation about the similarities and differences between Trinidad and Haiti and the wider Caribbean and “the fact that the French and the English islands were somewhat separated, and of course the language barrier, but how we weren’t allowed to mingle”.

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