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Bunji Garlin won the Best International Per-
formance category award with his hit single Dif-
ferentlogy in the 2013 Soul Train Awards in Las
Televised on Sunday night on BET, the ceremony
was pre-taped on November 9 and was hosted by
Anthony Anderson. Garlin was informed of his
win three weeks ago.
Contacted at his home yesterday, Garlin (Ian
Alvarez) said of his achievement: "I am feeling a
joy, an overall joy. This is a God-given opportunity
for the song, seeing where it has reached.
"It is also a joy because God has blessed my
atmosphere with some incredible fans who supported
the song and they have basically taken Differentology
to the ends of the earth."
Sharing in Garlin s joy is his wife, former Road
March winner and International Power Soca Monarch
Fay-Ann Lyons. Of her he said: "Fay-Ann is elated
and is really happy. Last night she told me, Mr
Alvarez, I am very proud of you. "
Comparing his Soul Train win to his success in
Soca Monarch, Garlin said: "The main difference
is that winning this award is not only recognised
all over the world but is seen all over the world as
"The win is significant to be a part of the legacy
that Soul Train has been around for so long. To win
something as big as that is being amongst the best
in the world and the history of world music.
"In Soca Monarch, as much as it is travelled
worldwide, it gets mainly to the Caribbean com-
munity. The Soul Train viewership is way beyond
the Caribbean. People from elsewhere are hearing
the song and realising that this is something from
here and they pay more attention."
Looking beyond 2013, Garlin said: "My music has
plenty plenty more to go. I have only just began
discovering some interesting things musically. My
musical journey has only just started.
"People can look for a lot of uniqueness for Car-
nival 2014, like nothing heard before."
In response to questions from his fans of a per-
ceived maturity by Garlin in recent years, he said:
"Times, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, matu-
rity, family, and being firmly rooted spiritually is
responsibile for that perception. I am realising more
spiritually so I am continuing to grow."
In the Best International Performance category,
Differentology and Garlin s rivals were The Fog
(Machel Montano); Next to Me (Emeli Sande); Per-
sonally (P Square) and Ur Waist (Iyanya).
Bunji Garlin wins Soul Train award
Soca artists say congrats
Joining thousands globally extending congratula-
tions to Garlin were former Soca Monarch winners
Machel Montano and Kees Dieffenthaller.
Montano sent congratulations to Garlin via Insta-
gram, saying: "Massive congratulations to @Bunji-
Garlin on copping the Soul Train award tonight! Well
deserved!!! Big Respect to @Sheriffmumbles!!! Take
soca to the world."
Dieffenthaller posted: "The dawn of a new era!
Let's continue to inspire a generation to dream be-
yond the so-called limits and be GREAT. Congrats
again to @BunjiGarlin and to the @Machel-
MontanoHD camp for the nomination. One mis-
• Garlin's debut on the big stage was in 1999,
the first year he entered the Soca Monarch
• He placed 23rd out of 25 finalists but
persevered to become one of the brightest
lights in music and entertainment. That year,
Garlin's song was titled Send that Rhythm
Crazy and the title was won by Kurt Allen
• Subsequent to his disappointing debut in the
International Soca Monarch Competition,
Garlin went on to win on four occasions, doing
so in 2002 (In de Ghetto); 2004 (Warrior Cry);
2005 (Blaze de Fire); and, then 2008 (Fire).
• With his career on a different path, Garlin last
year said he had retired from the competition.
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