We can all relate to the term Tabanca, an extreme form of depression after the separation from a true love. Bunji Garlin reveals the origin of the soca hit “Carnival Tabanca” as he sits in a Trinidad and Tobago studio.
“Carnival Tabanca is a song that came out of nowhere. We were in Tobago and when the set was almost finished I just got sick, just so.
By the time we reached Trinidad, they had to lift me off the plane, almost like a piece of wood. They had to do acupuncture and other things when I reached home, only to find out it was a virus that came from abroad and I was one of the unfortunate few to get it.
I realized I got sick as Carnival was done, so automatically I said, soon as Carnival was done I started catching fever and that’s how Carnival Tabanca came about.”
The inspiration for a hit song can come from the most unlikely places. Soca lovers are fortunate Bunji Garlin‘s creative talents in an unfortunate situation was the catalyst for “Carnival Tabanca.”