When you think of a Viking, the image that pops up is often that of a man who’s strong, combative, and fearless- even in the face of an enemy. Paired with one of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean’s finest soca artistes however, the word Viking is synonymous with a Wallerfield, East Trinidad native who’s simply the fiercest microphone warrior.
The Viking of Soca, Bunji Garlin is back on stage again, although not at home, but needless to say, even those at home, stuck in restriction mode, are eating up the crumbs of his stimulating soca performances across the US.
Earlier this week, after a weekend of entertainment in Atlanta, Garlin shared the visuals of a time well had, with fans. He had performed at Atlanta’s Rum and Wine Festival. Celebrating 4th of July in the US, Bunji was just one of many of Trinidad and Tobago’s entertainers who took full advantage of the celebratory mood of those in the US. “This was July 4th at the inaugural Atlanta Rum and Wine Festival, Atlanta where we the diaspora, had our moment to be us among us free of all fear. This was the world once, and this will be the world again,” he wrote beneath a video of the excitement.
Take a look at how the performance went down.
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Grenada Shines! Soca Shines Too as Mr. Killa Gets a Space on Mainstream TV!
Grenada for the win! One of the island’s most notable artistes, Mr. Killa has brought the energy of Soca to the big screen, internationally.
The ’Rolly Polly’ singer broadened his market reach earlier this month after his voice was used by the executive producer for the Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, Glenda Cox. Ebuzztt understands that the production team reached out to Mr. Killa, citing his unique sound and versatility. The artist who co-owns a company called, Rebel1 Entertainment, essentially went on to create the show’s theme song, ”Housewives in the Island Babay.”
The opportunity is a significant one for Caribbean culture as Mr. Killa, who’s real name is Hollice Mapp, along with his team, have stepped into a space that hasn’t been easy to gain footing in, by most Caribbean music genres, especially Soca.
Here’s a look at the Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip!
New Soca Parang Speaks Love, But Artist Questions Present State of T&T with Covid Cases Rising.
Three days after Trinidad and Tobago’s government suspended the State of Emergency that had been imposed on citizens, restricting movement between 10pm and 5am, entertainer, Adrian Hackshaw, who’s best known as Bass, says, ”it seems like we’re back to square one.”
A new Soca parang track released for the Christmas season, the well known radio personality and artist said he had hoped that the lifting of the SOE would see a return to small scale events and some sort of active nightlight with the use of government’s mandated ’safe zones’ – spaces where only the vaccinated would be allowed access. Today however he is unsure, and laments the present predicament the country finds itself in, with an increased number of people being hospitalized for Covid-19.
On November 18th, seventeen COVID-19 related deaths were reported in Trinidad and Tobago by the Ministry of Health, taking the total death toll thus far to 1,908. There were 537 new Covid-19 cases accounted for by health officials on Thursday and 480 persons hospitalized. The country’s government last week said they would not be going back on efforts to move forward and urged persons to take advantage of readily available vaccines.
“With these increased cases it feels like we’re back to square one even though the rest of the world seems to be moving forward,” said Bass. He pointed to the lyrics of his new Soca Parang release, “Christmas Is Love,” saying, ”I pray and continue to hope for the best. I pray that we all do what’s best for each other and I urge everyone to share love with each other this Christmas and beyond.”
Bass has always been an avid contributor to both the carnival and Christmas landscape in Trinidad and Tobago. He is just one of many artistes who remain hopeful that some semblance of normalcy will return to T&T so that their livelihoods can be returned along with it.
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