Trinidadian Ragga Soca vocalist Bunji Garlin brings the energy this Carnival week on his native island with a brand new EP Carnival Tabanca, available tomorrow (March 4) on VP Records. The four-song set will feature his latest crop of Carnival tunes, including the popular title track, its fierce remix, the party starter “Red Light District” and Trinidad’s 2014 street anthem “Truck On D Road.”
The self-proclaimed Viking of Soca also unleashes his latest video for “Carnival Tabanca.” Produced by Sheriff Mumbles (the man responsible for Garlin’s crossover hit “Differentology (Ready For The Road)” – the song conveys Garlin’s feelings of heartache each year as Carnival comes to a close. In the latest video, Garlin eloquently expresses this sentiment, backed by a grand piano and surrounded by thousands of screaming fans in the center of Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. Directors Walt Lovelace and Curtis Popplewell capture the intimate moment and take a behind-the-scenes look throughout the entire day.
Bunji Garlin wanted to create a unique visual and listening experience for the genre. “This video was done to present a different dimension and view on how and what soca music presents and represents as we exist as a people and a culture, and we will be heard,” he proclaims.
The “Carnival Tabanca” video and new EP follows Garlin’s international mega-hit “Differentology (Ready For The Road)” (available now on Soca Gold 2013) and its popular Major Lazer remix (available now on Strictly The Best 49).
After Trinidad & Tobago Carnival, Bunji Garlin heads to the U.S. Southeast for a sweep of shows and promotional activities from March 20-28. In late spring, he is also slated to release his new studio album on VP Records.
Carnival Tabanca EP Track Listing:
1. Carnival Tabanca
2. Truck On D Road
3. Red Light District
4. Carnival Tabanca (Viking Remix)
Watch Bunji Garlin’s “Carnival Tabanca” video, produced by Beach House.