Bunji Garlin

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Bunji Garlin
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Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons 2014
Background information
Birth nameIan Antonio Alvarez
Born (1978-07-14) July 14, 1978 (age 40)
OriginWallerfield, Arima, Trinidad and Tobago
GenresReggae, soca, dancehall
Occupation(s)Musician, producer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1999–present
LabelsVP, RCA
Websitewww.bunjigarlinofficial.com

Ian Antonio Alvarez[1] (born July 14, 1978), better known by his stage name Bunji Garlin, is a Trinidadian ragga soca artist.

Career[edit]

Alvarez was born in Trinidad and is of Saint Lucian and Venezuelan descent.[2] He married fellow soca artist Fay-Ann Lyons on December 23, 2006, daughter of successful soca singer Superblue.[3] He is also a second cousin of singer Patrice Roberts, who performs alongside the popular Machel Montano.[4]

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

In 2013, Garlin won the Soul Train Award for Best International Performance for the song "Differentology", which features Nigel Rojas on guitar.[11] An album of the same name was released by RCA Records and VP Records in August 2014.[12][13]

In 2017 he released Turn Up, which gave him his highest US chart placing to date, reaching no. 3 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.[14]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 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 - US Reggae no. 6[15]
  • Turn Up (2017), VP - US Reggae no. 3

Singles[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://twitter.com/BUNJIGARLIN/status/1081252879363686400
  2. ^ "damajority.com: Bunji Garlin wins Soul Train Award w/ Differentology". damajority.com. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "Jouvay.com: Interview with Ragga Soca Trinidadian Singer Bunji Garlin". Jouvay.com. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ "Bunji Garlin Wins International Soca Monarch". Trinisoca.com. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  8. ^ "2008 Int'l Soca Monarch Bunji Garlin!". Bajanfuhlife Blog!. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  9. ^ "SUPER-FAY - Trinidad Express Newspaper - News". Trinidad Express Newspaper. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  10. ^ "5 things you didn't know about Bunji Garlin". looptt.com. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  11. ^ "Bunji Garlin wins Soul Train Award". Trinidad Express Newspaper. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Bunji album hits the road", Jamaica Observer, August 18, 2014. Retrieved August 19, 2014
  13. ^ 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
  14. ^ "Bunji Garlin turns up heat", Jamaica Observer, September 13, 2017. Retrieved September 15, 2017
  15. ^ "Reggae Albums : Aug 30, 2014 - Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  16. ^ "Urban/UAC Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on June 21, 2014.

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