Soca superstars Bunji Garlin and Machel Montano delivered a historical performance Saturday night at ‘Soaka’ which was held at the O2 Park in Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago.
The Viking joined The Monk on stage to sing their new hit single “Buss Head” which was released on Friday. “Song dropped Friday evening and whole crowd singing along in Soaka this morning,” Bunji wrote on Twitter after the performance.
On Friday the duo launched their first official collaboration on a song together called 'Buss Head', an homage to the stickfighting tradition, and featuring a heavy j'ouvert-esque rhythm.
Montano explained the background for the song as an ode to Kalinda, 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."
Montano said he hopes this song will represent unity and strength for T&T.
"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 two previously both had songs on the same 'riddim', as well as working together on a song for an advertising campaign, but have never before collaborated on an original composition together.