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Global Spin: Watch Soca Group Kes Represent Trinidad And Tobago With Percolating Performance Of "Jolene"
In their performance for Global Spin, watch soca heroes Kes bring the sounds of Trinidad and Tobago worldwide with an exhilarating performance of "Jolene"
With all due praise to Dolly Parton, let's add another "Jolene" to the Tower of Song. Enter the Trinbagonian band Kes, who perform soca music — an offshoot of calypso characterized for its blend of African and East Indian rhythms.
Consisting of brothers Kees (lead vocals), Hans (drums) and Jon Dieffenthaller (guitar), as well as bassist Riad Boochoon, Kes do the ineffable — they spiritually lift the viewer like they're physically in front of them.
In their performance for Global Spin, a video series highlighting luminous artists the world over, let Kes work their unique magic with a dynamic performance of "Jolene."
In the song, which previews the band's upcoming album, out this summer, Kes ask for coconut jelly, peas and rice, and an island breeze — you can practically feel a gust of tropical air.
Watch Kes' soul-nourishing performance of "Jolene" above and check out more episodes of Global Spin.
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Global Spin: Watch South Korean Phenoms Viviz Perform An Irresistible Version Of "Bop Bop!"
In this episode of Global Spin, a video series highlighting exceptional artists from around the globe, watch South Korean group Viviz perform their scintillating song "Bop Bop!"
We may live in an era where cultural borders are vanishing, but have you ever considered K-pop with Latin rhythms? If not, feast your ears on Viviz.
Hailing from South Korea, the trio performs their vibrant, disco-tinged single "Bop Bop!" from the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in their hometown of Seoul.
With flowers in their hair and a troupe of dancers in tow, the Viviz girls deliver a flawless performance — one that’ll get you moving right along with them.
In this episode of Global Spin, a video series spotlighting spectacular artists around the world, get to know Viviz in all their hyper-melodic, continent-spanning glory.
Enjoy the performance above and keep checking back for more episodes of Global Spin.
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Global Spin: The Change Goes On A Trek For Her Electric, Hillside Performance Of "Imperio"
In the debut episode of Global Spin, a brand-new performance series spotlighting global music and international artists, Dominican singer/songwriter/producer the Change delivers an electrifying performance of her 2019 single "Imperio"
It's fitting that the debut episode of GRAMMY.com's Global Spin series, a brand-new performance series spotlighting global music and international artists, kicks off with a sunrise performance from Dominican artist the Change.
In just three years since she released her first single, she has organically generated a fan base of more than 2 million monthly Spotify listeners off songs she wrote and produced entirely by herself. In fact, according to the Change, she recorded "Imperio," the track she performs in this installment of Global Spin, on her cell phone.
Watch her performance of the touching single below.
The Change's songwriting ability shines bright on "Imperio," which she describes as one of the most personal songs she's ever written, thanks to the track's strong hook; in it, she bounces back and forth from her lover making her feel like a girl again to not being afraid to age—so long as her partner is there along the way.
For now, the multitalented singer/songwriter/producer only has a handful of songs under her belt. But after signing to Warner Music earlier this year, the Change is primed to bring her flag to new heights.
Tune in to the sounds of the world with Global Spin every other Tuesday starting Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m ET on the Recording Academy's official YouTube channel, Facebook page, Instagram page, and Twitter profile.
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Global Spin: Facesoul Explores The Healing Power Of R&B With His Soulful Performance Of "All I Need"
In the latest episode of Global Spin, Somali-born, U.K.-based singer/songwriter FACESOUL displays the healing heights of his R&B sound with a stunning performance of his 2021 song, "'All I Need"
By growing from his roots in Islam and exploring the healing power of music, Somali-born, U.K.-based singer/songwriter FACESOUL looks deep into the soul of soul music.
In matching minimalist production, layered vocals, and a lyrical search for meaning, the transcendent artist born Faisal Salah produces a meditative, beguiling beauty unlike anything else in modern R&B.
In the latest episode of Global Spin — a brand-new performance series spotlighting global music and international artists — FACESOUL shows just how magnetic his melange of styles can be.
Watch the London-based vocalist perform "All I Need," off his 2021 album, YSRA, below.
In the clip, FACESOUL sings serenely in the center of an abandoned building, ivy and trees growing through the cracks in the stone. "Glory sure will rise, if I just believe it," FACESOUL sweetly sings, his hope and optimism growing through the darkness like the insistent nature around him.
Check back every other Tuesday for new episodes of the Global Spin performance series.
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Positive Vibes Only: Kes Brings The Infectiously Good Energy Of Soca And The Caribbean For Their Performance Of "People"
Soca group Kes light up their Positive Vibes Only performance with a vibrant rendition of their 2015 track, "People"
You may want to clear some space for this edition of Positive Vibes Only — there's no telling how your body might start to move once you hear soca group Kes perform.
Utilizing the rich culture of their native Caribbean backgrounds, Kes effortlessly makes use of soca, calypso, reggae and pop elements to create soul-stirring music and must-see performances. Watch the Trinidad and Tobago natives' electrifying rendition of their 2015 track "People" below..
Founded in 2005 by the Dieffenthaller brothers Kees (lead vocals), Hans (drums) and Jon (guitar), and their longtime friend Riad Boochoon (bass), Kes have used their unique combination of infectious sounds to expand both the soca genre and their global reach. The dynamic group has collaborated with fellow Caribbean stars such as Shenseea, while proving that their sound can successfully mesh with non-Caribbean acts like Snoop Dogg.
Musical director and keyboardist Ricardo Rameshwar (positioned at the back left of the video), died on Feb. 1 after suffering an asthma attack. Rameshwar, commonly referred to as Ricky Bobby, joined the group in 2012.
Check back every Sunday for more good energy from new episodes of GRAMMY.com's Positive Vibes Only series.