Strong hint that soca's big feud is coming to an end

Friday, January 27, 2017 - 08:15

Soca stars Ian "Bunji Garlin" Alvarez and Machel Montano have both dropped a hint of a possible collaboration this year, bringing to an end to years of feud between the country's two biggest soca artistes.

Both Montano and Garlin posted a similar image to their respective Instagram pages, with the logos that represent the both camps - a double-M sign in the case of Machel and a Viking symbol in the case of Bunji Garlin.

Neither men explained what the posts meant, but hundreds have already begun commenting on the likelihood of a unity of forces.

Bunji and Montano have had a running feud for the last six years.

In 2011, Garlin had accused Montano of "playing politics" to win the $2 million Power Soca Monarch grand prize. 

Montano had sung "Advantage" that year, thanking the new People's Partnership Government for returning Carnival to the big stage after a few years without it.

In 2014, amid public calls for a coming together, Montano engaged Garlin on social media:

Montano: "Whats the next step?? Sounds like the people have spoken”

Bunji: “The people have spoken…….but we have not. Whats the next step? Playing this out to the public isn’t the right thing to do and it's not making any sense.”

Montano: “Well I was and I still am very ready to speak… we’ve reached our it every possible way in good faith and I’m in the name of unity for such music and the Caribbean people that love it….. I thought last night made a lot of sense and it was very organic and correct me if I’m wrong but I think people loved it. I see no negative comments only love… whats wrong with love? Your move.”

Bunji: 'As I said. Let us not. Engage the public in this. The public supposed to be after not before. This can go on here all day and this is definitely not the place for this. It is not.”

Both camps are tight-lipped on their next move.