The Viking Of Soca Claims His Prize
Trinidadian soca star Bunji Garlin takes home the 2013 Soul Train Award for Best International Performance with the meteoric hit “Differentology.” Also in this category were the likes of Machel Montano, Emeli Sande, P-Square and Iyanya all capable of taking home the award, but nothing could slow down the momentum of Bunji Garlin’s “Differentology” argurably this year’s biggest anthem throughout the Caribbean Carnival season and even in North America. Not to mention Major Lazer’s remix, which helped fuel the buzz to a crossover audience earlier this year and more recently having the song declared the champion on NYC’s HOT 97 FM’s Battle of The Beats competition, which currently put the track into full rotation at hip hop’s premiere station. That wasn’t all for Bunji’s track, “Differentology” was just featured on ABC’s top-rated TV drama series Grey’s Anatomy and is quickly becoming one of the NBA’s new favorite arena anthems. It aired during the Brooklyn Nets vs. Portland Trail Blazers face-off and Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat game. Bunji Garlin is set to release his upcoming studio album, aptly titled Differentology, next year on VP Records. His anticipated album will be his first full-length release on VP Records since 2007’s Global. The international soca vocalist recently wrapped his album photo shoot with iconic photographer Jonathan Mannion (whose credits include Lance Armstrong, Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Drake & Bon Iver).