LISTEN: Machel, Bunji release "Buss Head"
The moment the Caribbean has been waiting for, has finally happened.
Featuring the first official collaboration between Bunji Garlin and Machel Montano, 'Buss Head', proves that in Carnival, anything is possible.
Montano explained the history behind the song in a social media post:
"Kalinda is an Afro-Trinidadian martial tradition which infuses combat ritual with the sound of drum and the call of the Chantuelle."
"It is the crucible of the Trinidadian warrior tradition and serves as preparation for young warriors."
"The music known as the lavway is the cornerstone of calypso and its lyrics resonate on a deep and spiritual level."
"This tradition is thousands of years old and has evolved into a rural cultural art form, which in the 1880s, was the tool that Joe Talmana and his stick fighters, used to defeat Captain Baker and his army as they attempted to squash carnival and inevitably the Trinidadian and Tobagonian spirit, culture and freedom."
"Buss Head is a modern incarnation of this ancient tradition, manifested by two Kings of Soca, the Monk, Machel Montano and the Viking, Bunji Garlin."
"Two young writer and production teams, AdvoKit Productions & Badjohn Republic, joined the legends for this collaboration, proving the future of the music is in good hands."
"Now is the time for unity and cooperation to celebrate Caribbean culture. Let us take pride in our rich history and be the example for generations to follow! With boundless faith in our destiny...We are Warriors"
The song was launched on Friday night in Trinidad and Tobago and instantly went viral online.
Fans were over the moon at the new release:
"Machel & Bunji collaborating on a track? What a time to be alive!"
"This is a bomb...Machel Montano & Bunji Garlin gezzz...big one (sic)?."
"I have waited for this for yrs. I sat patiently . I watched while the two biggest artists in Trinidad made waves. While they put you against each other. compare and contrast. Ridicule. But this is the epitome of greatness. This is the euphoria of writing. This is epitome of class and humbleness. Thank you for this. Thank you Machel and Bunji.?"
Who will take the 2017 Road March title? Only time will tell.
Performed by Machel Montano & Bunji Garlin
Written by Keegan Taylor, Kit Israel, Machel Montano & Ian Alvarez
Fox Fuse, LLC./Precision Productions c/o Fox Fuse, LLC./Masuso Publishing (COTT/BMI) c/o Warner Chappell Music Canada/Hahr-bin-jer Publishing
Produced by AdvoKit Productions, Badjohn Republic & Machel Montano
Live Drums by Tesfaye Arrindell & Haniff Guerra of the Kalinda Kollective
Background Vocals by Keegan Taylor
Machel Montano recorded by Kit Israel at AdvoKit Productions Studio, Trinidad
Bunji Garlin recorded by Shawtboss at Soundlock Studio, Trinidad
Mixed by Andrew Denny
Mastered by Dave Kutch at Mastering Palace, New York