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Bunji Garlin


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Born in Sangre Grande and raised in the Royal Chartered Borough of Arima, Trinidad, Ian Anthony Alvarez better known as Bunji Garlin, is a Trinidadian artist and international royalty. He is affectionately known as “de girls dem darlin” (although now married to Faye-Ann Lyons, a fellow performer) and also “fireman” for his famous chant of “Fire!” during his performances. Garlin says he got his stage name from the bungee cord, which is flexible and Garlin is a type of gun with powerful shots. In his own words: “…no matter what they send at me, I will always bounce back.”

Both a composer and performer of soca and ragga soca, Garlin is a prolific lyricist who calls himself the Lyrics King, a title very few would dispute. Ragga is a blend of soca with music, a genre he adopted and made his own during his first years on the music scene. He also sings songs that blend soca with other genres such as , R&B and .

As the leader of his band the Godfather’s Asylum, Garlin mentors and provides a nurturing environment for soca artists who are talented but have not found a way to break into the business.

Garlin was educated at Arima Senior Comprehensive School, where he demonstrated his unique chanting skills whenever he had the opportunity. His debut in the music industry in 1998 came after Garlin made a name for himself performing at small venues and local events. He is the undisputed king of soca, having won the “Ragga Soca Monarch” competition in both 2000 and 2001, the two years in which the competition was staged. Garlin won the Young King title in 2001, and captured the coveted title of International Soca Monarch in 2002, then reclaimed this title for three more years.


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  • benthepirate

    Love it.

    30 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Radiosauce

    Rediscovering Carnival Tabanca!!! Wicked!!

    14 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Buzakara

    Guess i'm slightly late.... didn't know he had a song named "Brrrt"

    25 May 2011 Reply
  • Splifferman

    Ian wha Gwan....Bless to Mama and Baby Empress....I miss all de fete for 2010 but i hear ya do it full Hundred nice!! Check out my music and let me kno...

    25 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Hi66ychix

    the Black Spaniard rules!

    29 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Farhadinho99

    This is serious!!

    30 Mar 2009 Reply
  • RoyceNL

    Brrrt rapid fire rrrrrrrrrrr-rrrrrrrrrrr-rrrrrrr

    2 Mar 2009 Reply
  • AlanSteward

    Get ready for some "Soca Fusion" for 2009. Tricia Hamilton's groovy soca hit for Carnival 2009 has it all: Am ix of Indian, African, Arabian, Hip Hop, and Dance Grooves and a ton of other influences makes this a cross over hit. Check out Tricia's page right here:

    8 Nov 2008 Reply
  • freeZy33

    Fire fi dem !

    18 Aug 2008 Reply
  • runabeat

    Jamesy P will be appearing at The Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, London, E1 0HX, England on 19th July 2008 at 8pm. The show is called 'Soca Invasion' and other artistes include the Mighty Sparrow and Shurwayne Winchester. Other artistes are to be confirmed. Tickets on sale 3rd June 2008. Call 08707 602603 or visit

    26 May 2008 Reply
  • rouis

    hardcore loving feat rita jones is a summa song

    20 Jul 2007 Reply
  • MssPrkr

    I cannot wait to get my hands on his 2007 CD, it will be my favorite one of them all!

    10 Feb 2007 Reply