This week I chatted it up with Ragga Soca King of the World, Bunji Garlin, as he spreads Soca music during his 2012 European tour.
The 4x International Soca Monarch winner and Soca ambassador took time out of his busy schedule to answer a few quick questions.
Check them out below:
Jay Blessed: From Fri till Tuesday, where were the places you performed and where?
Bunji Garlin: We arrived in Berlin the morning of the 25th and by evening we were in Belgium for my performance at Club Petrol, then left the 26th to go to Italy where the show was at a venue called Leon Cavallo. This place has some of the sickest graffiti I have ever seen. The whole venue is like arts and crafts everywhere. Then on Sunday May 27, was Berlin’s carnival and the show at the Berlin wall in YAAM.
JB: Were the crowd reactions in Europe what you were expecting?
BG: The crowd reaction is exactly what I expect and yet still it gets me every time. You actually never get used to seeing people, who have no clue of what is about to happen, react like Brass Festival or Soca Monarch night.
JB: What do you think is holding back a lot of Soca artistes from experiencing what you and Fay have in Europe?
BG: My view of what is holding back many artistes from experiencing this, is that many have no clue. Many of who got the taste never told the story so that they can inspire. They always tell it like it was a ‘me moment’ and really this is for all of us. Many of our artists are somewhat brainwashed too by the neighboring media and get caught in a web of serious deception, thinking they can break into that mainstream market easily but this European market is somewhat more open minded and willing to not only learn what we have but to be a part of it as well. That is why we are trying our best to keep everyone updated with tweets and links so that it can inspire and let our fellow artists know it is working and they have a part to play.
JB: What was the most amazing part of your tour thus far?
BG: I think the most amazing part of the tour so far for me was when Fay was performing in Berlin and in the meat of the performance there was something like a musical face of between the DSL (Dutch Soca Lovers) from Holland and the London Asylum Crew, for who was the more energetic side. And then Berlin got involved and formed “The Circle.” Fay had parties in the middle of the party and theneveryone started dropping and rolling in the center! The Holland crew came by bus loads from Amsterdam.
JB: Have you eaten any cool food yet?
BG: We had some wicked food at the Singapore restaurant opposite our hotel. Talk about different flavors of curry. LOL
JB: Where to next on the tour?
BG: At the time I am responding to this interview, I am in Hamburg (where the hamburger originated and also Germany’s richer city) and about to hit stage in about 2 hours from now. We leave in the morning, with no sleep again, to Sweden for this coming Friday event then to Wuppertal Germany on Saturday. Then it’s back to the U.S. for Fay’s performance at the Adidas Grand Prix where she’s a headline act along with Shaggy, Shabba and Richie Stephens.
JB: Finish the line, “When I get back to Trinidad from touring, I ….”
BG: When WE get back to Trinidad, we are going to hug our daughter tight tight tight!
Check out some more of Bunji and Fay’s 2012 European Tour pics below:
Check out this exclusive video of Bunji Garlin performing at Club Petrol in Belgium below:
Bunji Garlin and his wife, fellow soca artiste, Fay-Ann Lyons are currently on their 2012 European Tour. Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez will perform alongside veteran dancehall artistes, Shabba Ranks and Shaggy on June 9th, at the “adidas Jamboree” concert on Randall’s Island, New York.