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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”50904″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Lyrical. That’s probably the easiest way to describe the talented entertainer, Bunji Garlin. The East Trinidad native, who started singing what was coined, Ragga Soca in the 90’s, has certainly built quite a name and reputation for himself, not just in T&T and the Caribbean, but around the world.

Bunji Garlin has an exceptional freestyle skill that only few T&T acts can boast of. Many would agree that he is yet to be challenged and beaten by anyone of his compatriots in the musical arena but even so, the humble heavyweight is not one to boast. Ten years ago, Garlin fell in love and wed fellow entertainer, Fay-Ann Lyons and together they have one daughter. Their life together, while often placed in the public domain out of sheer inquisitiveness by fans, has, for the most part, remained positively respected.

As a musician, Bunji is revered for his ability to bring energy, rhythm and vibe to the arena, while remaining true to the essence of his humble beginnings in the ragga soca domain. Despite being chastised when he started his career, for leaning more toward dancehall music, Garlin has shown his detractors that he is quite capable of singing harmoniously to the beat of soca music. Songs like “Carnival Tabanca,” and “Redlight District” have demonstrated just that, but he never denies his truth – he is and will always be, a Ragga Soca star.

In 2012, Bunji’s rise to international appreciation came with the release of his Carnival single, “Differentology”. There were projects in the works involving his other single, “Tun Up” but it was Differentology that would, in 2013, essentially win him his first Soul Train Music Award in the category of Best International Performance.  Another single, “Brrt” is featured on the Grand Theft Auto IV soundtrack – something Caribbean gamers would appreciate.

With 11 albums to his name and countless singles, among them the 2015 collaborative track, “The Message” with the son of Bob Marley – Damian Junior Gong Marley, Bunji shows no sign of slowing down. Ahead of Carnival 2017 in Trinidad and Tobago, Bunji has unleashed, “Big Bad Soca”, “New York,” “Turn Up”, “One More Week”, “No Gal”, “Reloaded” on the Stag Riddim and “Road Bunx” produced by Stadic Music.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row bg_type=”bg_color” css=”.vc_custom_1484622923304{margin-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #8224e3 !important;}” bg_color_value=”#624bc7″][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

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Day 41 – KI

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]K.I.A major part of Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival landscape, Kris Veeshal Persad, best known as KI, is one of the country’s best Chutney Soca contributors. He has won the Chutney Soca Monarch title three times- the last in 2016.

KI is the son of Trinidad’s established keyboardist, bandleader, & producer Veerendra Persad and KI himself started his career in entertainment as a keyboardist at the age of 7.

He competed and won the very first “Children of Mastana” competition and shortly thereafter migrated to Canada where he spent his formative years concentrating on his Academics and studying music.  KI continued to display his commitment and dedication to the band and was given the opportunity to be lead musician and producer for JMC 3veni. He used this experience to produce the band’s last 5 albums, and collaborated with Madmen Productions in producing the massive hit “In Front Of Meh” by Umi Marcano, formally of Machel Montano’s “HD.”

During his career in the chutney soca music arena, KI has delivered songs like, ‘Catch Meh Lovah’, ‘No More Rum Again’, ‘Same Gyal Twice,’ ‘Runaway’ and ‘Baggage’. He has toured the world and even opened for Soca star Machel Montano in Manhattan, NYC.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row bg_type=”bg_color” css=”.vc_custom_1484610929211{margin-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #8224e3 !important;}” bg_color_value=”#624bc7″][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Angela HunteAll it took was one quick collaboration with the King of Soca, Machel Montano in 2015 for the people of her homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, along with the rest of the Caribbean, to fall in love with US based singer songwriter, Angela Hunte.

The Grammy award winner, who is internationally known for her role as contributing writer on the Alicia Keys, Jay Z single, ‘Empire State of Mind’, has certainly immersed herself in the culture of her homeland, proving that she is a Caribbean woman to the core and fully capable of representing the Diaspora with a tremendous sense of ease.

Angela Hunte’s distinct style of soca is truly enticing. Her first collaboration with Machel Montano, a song called ‘Party Done’, heard the vocal range of the Brooklyn resident in a way that immediately sold her to soca music lovers around the world. Onstage, she was the epitome of exuberance. Angela Hunte had sealed the deal and would become a committed part of the Carnival culture of T&T and those experienced around the world.

In 2016, Hunte followed up her ‘Party Done’ anthem with ‘Mon Bon Ami and ‘Like So’. Her 2017 contributions are ‘Big Drum Beat’ and ‘Make Me Go.’[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row bg_type=”bg_color” css=”.vc_custom_1484610929211{margin-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #8224e3 !important;}” bg_color_value=”#624bc7″][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

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