Soca history was made over the weekend as 2 of its biggest stars came together in unity.
On Friday, Soca King Machel Montano and longtime musical rival Bunji Garlin, released their collaboration entitled “Buss Head”, for T&T’s Carnival 2017, which instantly went viral.
Montano explained the history behind the song in a social media post, saying its music is infused with the Calinda – an Afro-Trinidadian martial tradition which is a call and response between traditional stick fighting and the sound of drums”.
He said Calinda is the cornerstone of calypso and “Buss Head” is a modern incarnation of this ancient tradition, manifested by two Kings of Soca.
“Buss Head” calls for unity and a celebration of local and regional culture, and yesterday morning Sunday morning the two shocked the massive crowd by performing the song at the popular wet fete Soaka.
During his performance, Machel urged the crowd to call for Bunji, who began singing from the background. At the end, the 2 hugged and held hands, speaking to the crowd about brotherhood and a love of the culture.
Photos and video clips of the moment appeared on social media, receiving thousands of positive comments. Bunji Garlin posted a picture of the two holding hands, saying “It was a joy to see the people embrace this moment. Maturity and Honor and clear understanding”, while Montano posted ” One love bro, let’s make the world smile!”
Machel and Bunji have had a history of beef, but say they squashed it in 2015. Since they have both had songs on the same riddim, and worked together on a song for an ad campaign. “Buss Head” is their first original composition together.
Both Machel and Bunji say they hope the song will represent unity and strength for T&T in light of the recent surge in violent crimes.