The Caribbean’s most adroit lyricist of the day, Bunji Garlin, is poised to make an explosive impact on the global music arena. Add to his phenomenal lyrical abilities Bunji’s astonishing vocal flair and you have an unstoppable force that renders audiences mesmerized from his opening lines.
Hailed as a voice calling out in the wilderness on behalf of the common man, Bunji is one of the few artistes that have successfully bridged the generation gap as well as broken through the social strata, creating songs that explore and address a myriad of issues including crime, discrimination, prejudice, poverty, sexual deviation and political pandering. Of course Bunji also explores the lighter side of living through his songs created just for dancing and romancing the ladies. His unique lyrical escapades into the realm of romance and sexuality earned him the moniker, Bunji Garlin the girls dem Darlin’ and at the same turn he was dubbed the Fireman because of his claim that he has come to burn all evil with his scorching lyrics. Bunji lives in the hope that his songs will touch hearts and change lives around the universe, playing his role in bringing all of mankind to appreciate Soca and Ragga Soca.
His new album released through VP Records, “Global,” is another step towards achieving those goals as Garlin has stepped up to a higher level musically. The anticipated album features Bunji’s signature blend of dancehall, soca, and reggae. Highlights include stand-out track “Brrrt” on the Bobby Konder’s March Out riddim, collaborations with the legendary Freddie McGregor on “One Family” and hip hop artist Chris Black on “Swing It.”
As far as Bunji Garlin is concerned, he has thus far only brushed the surface of what he has set out to achieve musically. His desire is to see the soca music of Trinidad and Tobago gain respect on a universal level, taking its place as the most powerful and infectious genre. VP Records will provide this platform of world-wide distribution on his upcoming album “Global.” It is another step towards achieving those goals as Garlin has stepped up to a higher level musically. Join the journey and be revived.
Despite the strong Jamaican accents that permeates his recordings, Bunji Garlin is all Trinidadian; Born Ian Alvarez. He started singing at the Arima Comprehensive School. When he completed his studies there, he started chanting under the name Little Bounty as his style was close to that of Jamaican dancehall star Bounty Killa.
When asked about the definition of his name, Bunji Garlin cleverly responded “Since Bunji is taken from the bungee-rope which is flexible but unbreakable and often used in death-defying stunts and Garlin is a gun with powerful shots, I’m the girls them garlin and when it comes to clash, no matter what they send at me, I will always bounce back”.
Named “Best International Calypso/Soca Entertainer” by the Festival of Life International Reggae and World Music Awards. Bunji Garlin delivers a strong and distinctive voice, riveting audiences and leaving them wanting more, immediately creating fans. This world class performe’s lyrical renditions, infectious energy and honest interpretations make for a moving experience.
Bunji Garlin is on the Caribbean world music stage six years on-going. He has successfully recorded over 100 songs and released five vocal albums. The talented Trinidadian artiste has become the peoples champion and the ultimate recitalist. He has imposingly taken Soca, Reggae and Hip-Hop and created a fusion that has enabled him to cross the world music stage with great majesty and vibrancy.
As a solo artiste, Bunji has performed for large audiences across the globe. Some of his recent highlights was his showcase at the International Brass Music Festival and the International Soca Monarch in Trinidad and Tobago, the International Arts Festival held in New Orleans and New York’s Reggae Dancehall Carifest. Bunji has also shared the stage with a number of Reggae superstars, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Elephant Man and Beres Hammond to name a few.
Bunji’s professional career dates back to 1998 when he entered the Reggae Soca domain of music in Trinidad and Tobago. Within months of his first appearance he won the hearts of cavorting masqueraders and audiences everywhere, while simultaneously nourishing the minds of those who would examine his potent lyrical content. This singer/songwriter has toured the nited States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean as the headline vocalist with his band “The Asylum” as he continues to soar to the top of the Caribbean entertainment industry. To date Bunji holds the title for International Soca Monarch and the Best International Calpso and World Music Entertainer.
Signed to IP Music Intenational Ltd. in 1999, to date he has five albums. His debut “The Chronicles” (1999), “The Revelation” (2001) where he harmoniously collaborates with American R&B female group, Allure on the feature song “Bump”, “The Black Spaniard” (2003) which epitomized some of his life experiences, “Graceful Vengeance” (2004) exposing his full Soca mastery and his newly released 2005 “Flame Storm”. Here Bunji displays his versatility as one of, if not the only artist of his time to expertly execute songs that crosses over three genres of music, Soca, Reggae, Dancehall & Hip-Hop.
Poised to impact a wider cross section of international audiences, this expressive vocalist truly has the power to touch you, indulge your imagination, stimulate your intellect and tell a story like no other in the world.