As the web remains abuzz with images of Bunji Garlin’s most recent venture, ‘Santimanitay J’ouvert’ proving an awesome first time event on Sunday morning, reviews are also coming in about the artiste’s down to earth demeanor. Together with his wife and team, the Asylum Vikings front man, who’s among those who’re leading the way for soca music’s global recognition, delivered an incredible experience in St. Joseph, Trinidad- making us all feel that he’s got what it takes to sway popular opinion if he so desires.
Bunji Garlin has been working the entertainment circuit in quite a peculiar way. Just a few years ago his name was nowhere among those who were advertised for posh fetes that boasted an experience outside of the traditional and authentic in Trinidad and Tobago, and then with one song, Bunji Garlin became the artiste everyone wanted to get their hands on. On Sunday morning, after weeks of advertising the Santimantitay J’ouvert event on his socials, Garlin made us all remember just who he is, the man he remains to this day.
From as early as 4am, cars could be seen entering the scenic Ortinola Estate. There was easy parking access, and as the crowds came and early signs of sunlight peaked through the clouds, the blare of soca music, a little alcohol, together with a few good friends, were enough to kick things into gear. Artiste and radio personality, Jaiga and a team inclusive of his wife, Sam were in the mix early on, enjoying the vibe and getting in on the mud and paint action. Later, a cool, humble Bunji, made his way through the crowd, greeting his patrons and taking videos of them as they enjoyed themselves. This was all that it took for fans to become even more supportive of the Wallerfield born entertainer. Not a photographer in sight, except for the amateurs with the their smartphones in hand, and with a no holds barred kind of energy in the air, the J’ouvert thrill that real carnival lovers anticipate annually, preceded the 2018 festival in a truly magical way.
Among the entertainers at Santimanitay were the iconic, Austin ‘SuperBlue’ Lyons, Blaxx, Slaughter, Fay Ann Lyons and Bunji himself. One patron told Ebuzztt that he’d been visiting from Barbados and would be really looking forward to the event next year. Vibe 66 Entertainment’s Rondell Roberts- the promoter of Bae Wednesdays, held on Ash Wednesday annually, was spotted having the time of his life at the J’ouvert party. US based songwriter and artiste, the internationally acclaimed, Angela Hunte was also there, lending her support to her fellow artiste. No division, no trouble, nothing but good vibes and awesome people made up Santimanitay, proving that Bunji Garlin has what it takes to reach the people in a way that only he can. Now… who say Bunji for Prime Minister 😜…