Bunji Garlin

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Bunji Garlin
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Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons 2014
Background information
Birth name Ian Anthonio Alvarez
Born (1978-07-14) July 14, 1978 (age 37)
Origin Wallerfield, Trinidad and Tobago
Genres Reggae, soca, dancehall
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1978–present
Labels VP, RCA
Associated acts Asylum Band, Major Lazer, Jack Ü
Website www.bunjigarlinofficial.com

Ian Anthonio Alvarez (born July 14, 1978), better known by his stage name Bunji Garlin, is a ragga soca artist from Trinidad and Tobago.


Alvarez was born in Trinidad but is of Saint Lucian and Venezuelan descent.[1] He married fellow soca artist Fay-Ann Lyons on December 23, 2006, daughter of successful soca singer Superblue.[2] He is also a second cousin of singer Patrice Roberts, who performs alongside the popular Machel Montano.[3]

Bunji has won Trinidad's Soca Monarch/International Soca Monarch competition on several occasions: 2002 (tied with Iwer George) with "Down in the Ghetto",[4] 2004 with "Warrior Cry",[5] 2005 with "Blaze the Fire" Both songs were produced by then band member Shawn Noel (Da Ma$tamind)[6] and 2008 with "Fiery" [7] 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".[8] 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.[9] An album of the same name was released by RCA Records and VP Records in August 2014.[10][11]



  • 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)
  • Differentology (2014), VP/RCA #6 US Reggae Albums [12]




  1. ^ "damajority.com: Bunji Garlin wins Soul Train Award w/ Differentology". damajority.com. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ [2][dead link]
  4. ^ "Jouvay.com: Interview with Ragga Soca Trinidadian Singer Bunji Garlin". Jouvay.com. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  5. ^ [3][dead link]
  6. ^ "Bunji Garlin Wins International Soca Monarch". Trinisoca.com. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "2008 Int’l Soca Monarch Bunji Garlin!". Bajanfuhlife Blog!. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "SUPER-FAY - Trinidad Express Newspaper - News". Trinidad Express Newspaper. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Bunji Garlin wins Soul Train Award". Trinidad Express Newspaper. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Bunji album hits the road", Jamaica Observer, August 18, 2014. Retrieved August 19, 2014
  11. ^ Meschino, Patricia (2014) "RCA Records and VP Records Team for Rising Soca Star Bunji Garlin's Newest", billboard.com, June 2, 2014. Retrieved August 19, 2014
  12. ^ "Reggae Albums : Aug 30, 2014 - Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Urban/UAC Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on June 20, 2014. 

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