Born in the capital city Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, it seems Kerwin was always destined for success in Calypso and Soca. Kerwin, who started singing in primary school not only took part in the nation’s first Junior Calypso Monarch Competition, but also won the title in the second year. The talented performer rose through the ranks of the calypso world, captured the Young Kings title and even reached the Big Yard for the National Calypso Monarch finals on several occasions. Hailed as a rising star, he delighted all with his melodious voice and thought-provoking lyrics and was selected to represent Trinidad along with other young Calypsonians for a Calypso Youth Exchange programme hosted by the Association of British Calypsonians in the UK, where he settled for a number of years, eventually capturing the UK Calypso Monarch title. In recent years, Du Bois has spread his wings and can no longer be considered simply a calypsonian, having branched out into Soca not only as a performer but also as a highly rated producer and songwriter.
In 2007 he teamed up with one of the most highly rated divas of soca Denise “saucy wow” Belfon, the results the hit song “De rose & de stem,” however one hit wasn’t enough, and the popular “Party Rocker” certainly had the industry buzzing. In 2008 he captured third place with Shal Marshall in the International Soca Monarch competition with the international hit “Gyal Farm,” which he wrote and produced. Things didn’t end there as “Breathless,” another one of his compositions and productions, also took Roy Cape’s Blaxx to the International Soca Monarch finals. It was therefore no surprise when he was nominated for eight (8) International Soca Awards and went on to capture two, the Soca Producer of the Year and Best Groove Collaboration. He was also nominated for 3 COTT awards, Groovy.
2011 proved to be a busy but extremely successful year for Du Bois, writing and producing a list of popular hits for the season. Du Bois teamed up with Kees from Kes the Band to write and produce ‘Wotless’. This anthem is Kees’ biggest hit to date. ‘Wotless’ being the biggest Groovy Soca track for the year won the Groovy Soca Monarch; the song has also propelled Kees’ career to higher levels in the Soca arena. In a collaboration with Kees, Kerwin also wrote and produced ‘Ah Ting’. A song that displays intense vibe blended with angelic melodies not taking away from the vibrant pulse & jam of this piece which also brought the dynamic and talented Kerwin Du Bois to the finals of the International Soca Monarch Competition.
The year 2012 has been dubbed by many as the Year of the Bacchanalist… With four major hits, Carnival 2012 was transformed, when the “Runaway Bacchanalist” released: ‘I AM SOCA’ featuring Patrice Roberts, ‘Baddist’ featuring Destra Garcia, ‘Runaway’ featuring Bunji Garlin, ‘Bacchanalist’ and ‘Make Room. .
Du Bois made it all the way to the finals of the International Soca Monarch, placing second in the Groovy Soca Category. Kerwin Du Bois also went on to win the International Soca Awards in four categories for 2012; Soca Songwriter of the year; ‘I AMSOCA, ‘Baddist’ and ‘Bacchanalist. He later won the Soca Monarch in 2014 with “Too Real”.