Fans jump to bunji, fay-ann
BUNJI Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons took the thousands of soca faithful who made the annual pilgrimage to Smirnoff Bacchanal Beach J'ouvert at James Bond Beach in St Mary on a musical high last Saturday.
The Trinidad husband-and-wife team — accompanied by the Asylum Vikings Band — had the sea of 'colourful' revellers in a musical frenzy during their hour-and-a-half interactive set.
"It's very easy to work with her, as she knows exactly what she wants," Garlin said of his partner, who is a triple holder of Trinidad's Carnival Road March title.
Garlin, whose single Differentology had its premiere on American cable station BET the day before, said his album of the same name would be out in June.
"The response to the original and remix has been off the chain. And we give thanks to Major Lazer for putting it out there," he told the Jamaica Observer.
Except for Differentology and Just Now — Tun Up (with Stylo G), Garlin said all other tracks were original.
"It's soca in a different way. We're not trying to focus on any more remixes. What we're trying to do is to find some of the most unique sounds that we could. We're looking for new ways of doing stuff," he said.
Lyons, who was signed to VP Records earlier this month, said she is working on an album which she hopes will be released late this year.
"I came into the industry not wanting to be like anyone else. I want to be known for my music," she said.
And the couple had no difficulty in that area, as socaphiles danced and recited the lyrics to every song.
Their set included Catch Me, Miss Behave, Jump Up, Truck On The Road, and Done Di Party.
Before the performance of Done Di Party, Lyons asked patrons to remove the metal rails separating the VIP and general sections. They willingly obliged and paid their respects in dance.
The couple's set ended with Garlin's Differentology.
Olympic sprint king Usain Bolt also had his moment in music as he took the stage during DJ Richie RAS and Trinidad's DJ Nuphoric's sets.
Disc jocks Bambino, Smoke and Lee also kept patrons entertained.