Bunji Garlin

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Bunji Garlin
Bunji Garlin on Stage.jpg
Bunji Garlin performs at UWI Splash in Chaguaramas, Trinidad in 2009.
Background information
Birth name Ian Alvarez
Born (1978-07-14) July 14, 1978 (age 35)
Origin Arima, Trinidad and Tobago
Genres Reggae, Soca, Dancehall
Occupations Musician, producer, Song-writer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1978–present
Associated acts Asylum Band, Major Lazer
Website http://www.iambunjigarlin.com

Bunji Garlin (born July 14, 1978) is a ragga soca artist from Trinidad and Tobago. His real name is Ian Alvarez. He is of Saint Lucian and Venezuelan descent. He married fellow soca artist Fay Ann Lyons on December 23, 2006, daughter of legendary soca singer Superblue.[1] He is also a second cousin of singer Patrice Roberts, who performs alongside the popular Machel Montano.[2]

Bunji has won Trinidad's Soca Monarch/International Soca Monarch) competition on several occasions: 2002 (tied with Iwer George) with "Down in the Ghetto",[3] 2004 with "Warrior Cry",[4] 2005 with "Blaze the Fire" Both songs were produced by then band member Shawn Noel (Da Ma$tamind)[5] and 2008 with "Fiery" [6] He placed second in the International Soca Monarch 2009 with "Clear De Road", while his pregnant wife Fay Ann Lyons placed first with "Meet Super Blue".[7] She also won the Groovy Soca Monarch title that same night with "Heavy T Bumpa".

Bunji Garlin's "Brrt" is featured on the Grand Theft Auto IV soundtrack.

In 2013, Garlin won the Soul Train Award for Best International Performance for the song "Differentology", which features Nigel Rojas on guitar.[8]


  • The Chronicles (1999)
  • Revelation (2002)
  • Black Spaniard (2003)
  • Graceful Vengeance (2004)
  • Flame Storm (2005)
  • Next Direction (2006)
  • Global (2007)
  • Fiery (2008)
  • "iSpaniard" (2012)
  • The Viking (2013)



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