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sung by Dexter Keane
music & lyrics by Dexter Keane



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Dexter Keane

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In 1971 at the age of six, Dexter Keane was the youngest member of the T&TEC Power Stars Steelband. Dexter recalls having to be placed on a wooden crate to enable him to play the tenor pan.

In 1974 Dexter migrated to the United States with his parents.  Soon he became a member of the Maryland Pacesetters Steel Orchestra, playing several in the steelpan family of instruments and also drumming.


In the early 1980’s, Dexter was part of Glass Productions, a short-lived Maryland-based group.  In 1984-1986 Dexter, together with Innis Goden, Emrold Gray, Earl Joseph, Samuel Thomas and some former members of the T&T Baltimore and Maryland Pacesetters Steel Orchestras, formed Phase Three Pan Ensemble which eventually folded in 1987.  Later that year Dexter became a member of the Uprising Reggae Band as their drummer and lead vocalist when the band’s drummer departed.

In the four years Dexter spent with Uprising, he traveled the U.S., opening for Reggae superstars such as Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff, EeK-a-mouse, the Wailers, The Itals, Third World and Yellowman.

In 1991, playing bass, keyboards, drums and doing vocals Dexter started his own band “Dexter Keane’s Solar System.”  This was a switch back to his roots, SOCA (SOuI-CALypso).  His composition, the single “Jam Waist Tonight,” was the group’s first release and was basically the spring board for his solo career.


Three years later Dexter Keane reconnected with  the Pan scene and together with long-time associate Emrold Gray, he formed Tropical Ensemble.  In 1995 he won Baltimore’s first Calypso Monarch competition with “Jumping Up” and “The Message.”  In Miami later that year he placed 9th in a field of fifteen.   He repeated his Baltimore feat in 1996, and was also 1st runner up in Miami.

Since then this Panist/Soca Artiste has been the opening act for Ronnie McIntosh, Iwer George, and others.  His 2001 T&T carnival contribution “De Master” was a  tribute to the the Grand Master, the Lord Kitchener.

Dexter Keane’s “Zhess” is featured on Alvin Daniell’s 2011 Calypso Compilation - “It’s Showtime.”

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