Soca artiste Kees Dieffenthaller and his longtime girlfriend, 29-year-old model and actress, Teri-Leigh Bovell, are reportedly about to tie the knot. Fresh from his highly-anticipated New York performance held last weekend at the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square, Dieffenthaller is rumoured to be ready to enter into the next stage of life-marriage.
Sources say the entertainer and Bovell, who was featured in the February edition of Metro Magazine's Soca Wives, have reportedly been together for the past 11 years and are to tie the knot at "a secret location very soon." However, contacted for comment yesterday, the 30-year-old Wotless singer, who placed fifth at this year's International Groovy Soca Monarch Competition, chose to remain tight-lipped, stating that he preferred not to divulge any information about "this chapter of our lives."
Dieffenthaller said he wanted to "keep things cool" and asked that the media respect his decision not to comment. Dieffenthaller shot into the international spotlight last year when his signature group Kes The Band appeared and performed on Good Day NY on the US television network, FOX, in September.
"We were kinda surprised that a lot of people on the streets knew who we were. We would be in the subway and all of a sudden end up signing autographs," he said in a previous interview. And just last month, the 2011 Groovy Soca Monarch's name was on the tips of many tongues for his groundbreaking collaboration with hip hop sensation Snoop Dogg on the song, Stress Away.
It was the first time that the multi-platinum rapper, real name, Calvin Broadus, was featured on a soca track. Shortly after the song was released, Dieffenthaller said the world was becoming "more acquainted with T&T and soca music," and stated that the time had come for local artistes to seize every opportunity to expand their horizons.
"Soca and T&T are actually on a buzz right now. People are looking to collaborate with Trinidad and we need to take advantage of it," he said.