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The Minions attack Bunji; Mr Live Wire joins racist letter exchange

You have purpose…

People see you trying hard to prevail in life,

Make you feel that without them you going to fail in life,

As you start to grow your strength and you making strides,

Their minions come to crucify like they nailing Christ,

Look at all of them and laugh out loud…

(Excerpt from Bunji Garlin’s 2015 Soca song ‘We Up Dey’)

The following is an exchange of correspondence on Bunji Garlin’s chorus:

Allan Karim: Bunji what RACIST Bullsit is this??? Bunji garlin new offering to soca 2015 “we up dey” lyrics: “as soon as yuh start to build yourself and yuh making strides, dem INDIANS come to crucify like they nailing Christ…”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago soca star Bunji Garlin. (Courtesy Vivo.com)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago soca star Bunji Garlin.
(Courtesy Vivo.com)

Bunji Garlin: Let’s ATTEMPT to clear the air here… Again. I posted the correct lyric a few days ago so people can see but bad news travels faster than good but np we just have to learn as we go along. Again here I post the correct wording is “Their MINIONS come to crucify like they nailing Christ” NOT INDIANS.

Some people got it mixed up but before jumping up too quick let’s take our times (sic) and make sense as we proceed. Naturally if anyone was caught off with this lyric I humbly apologise but the race card is not in my deck. That is one issue that I am exempt from. One love to all and to those who will call these people haters please do not. They genuinely thought it was something else but fear none for it is not. God bless.


Allan Karim: Dear all. My comments last evening on Ian Anthonio Alvarez, (Bunji Garlin) song “We up dey” has generated a lot of public discussion. My intention was never out of malice or ill will, I had a genuine legitimate concern for the content I heard in the song and I expressed it on my fb page as most people would do.

In Mr Alvarez clarification to my post he (Mr Alvarez) also apologized to those who interpreted the contentious part of the song to mean “INDIANS”, that indicated to me that Mr Alvarez acknowledges the genuine, legitimate concern that I have about the song.

Therefore a public apology from me will not solve the problem that was created by Mr Alvarez poor choice of words when he wrote the song. I have listened to the song over 10 times since this morning and I’m not totally convinced that “MINIONS” was said but in fact “INDIANS”. I’m still concerned about the discomfort this song could bring to a large section of society when played in public.

Mr Alvarez should reconsider the contentious part of the song and make the necessary changes to ease the discomfort that this has brought to himself and members of the public.

I thank you. Sincerely, Allan Karim

Photo: Riddle me this, Allan.
Photo: Riddle me this, Allan.

Mr Live Wire: Dear Allan. I have chanced across your moving letters and was touched by the anguish of a tortured soul and an obvious soca aficionado.

Although I do not and cannot speak on behalf of Bunji Garlin, I have listened to his soca song and can tell you with no ambiguity whatsoever that the hit is not aimed at you. Please listen again to the song’s opening sentence, which goes: “You have purpose…”

Sir, I was surprised that you did not immediately hit pause on the youtube rendition—you don’t seem to be a man who puts his money where his mouth is—and find something more to your taste.

But I suppose you are a man of more resolve than that and you made it to the chorus in which Bunji explained that, as soon people to start prosper, minions try to crucify them.

And, in the best case of life imitating art since the North Korean government attacked Sony over “The Interview”, you promptly set off to do just that.

What next, Allan? Would you say that Iwer George’s “Bottom in the Road” was a racist stealth attack on the right of Indian women to have buttock implants?

Is Sat Maharaj on vacation? Or are you muscling in on his turf?

Allan, do you realise you have asked Bunji to extract lyrics that were not there in the first place so as not to offend a man who is desperately seeking to be insulted?

How much of your time do you devote to fighting phantoms of your own creation? Or looking for imaginary bullets to dive in front of?

How should Bunji get rid of your own feeling of inadequacy? Would that require the skills of Leonardo Di Caprio and the rest of the crew from “Inception?”

In closing Allan (you’re an idiot), please don’t think (you’re an idiot) that everyone (you’re an idiot) is subconsciously (you’re an idiot) trying to mock, ridicule and insult you because (you’re an idiot) life would then become too miserable for words.

Maybe Bunji might be nice enough to write out the entire song for you and you might find some comfort there. You’ve got his attention now, so go for it.

I close with the words of former Britain Prime Minister Winston Churchill: “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

Yours sincerely, Mr Live Wire.

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  1. Dear Allan, It seems that you are the racist here. Is it possible that you listen to everyone’s songs to see if they use the word “INDIAN”? And so what?? Stop being so silly and listen to Soca for the sake of Soca. Its not an Election Song.

  2. As I said yesterday, let a chutney singer sing a similar song and it will balance off everything, because, this don’t make any sense.

  3. When my petit quart done jourvert morning, is by Barry Boodram ah going and mop ah drink.

  4. And pray do tell the world Barry Boodram why he can’t mention any Indian in his songs. Not everyone who mentions ppl of other creeds are racist. Some of us need to take our heads out of the bucket of shit that is in and maybe have one clean thought. Come off the damn race card a little bit and maybe we won’t have that problem in this world anymore. But then again outside of the Internet some ppl never been to other parts of the world.

  5. This is such a petty argument, the man said minions, it probably sounded like indians, look at the facking lyrics nah. When jouvert morning reach, you think anybody have kiss meh ass time to study what Bunji singing, that time everybody hugging and drinking with one another. Smh give it a rest now nah.

  6. Barry Boodram, which song Bunji ever mention Indian in??

  7. to begin with bunji has no right to even mention indian in any in his songs total disrespect to indian people shameful

  8. The problem is with the choice of word which 95% of Trinidadians don’t use, never heard before, can’t spell and don’t have a clue what it means. Blame Bunji for trying to educate us. Bunji, stick to the 500 words that most of us know and use and leave us in our blissful ignorance. Or is it more like 100?!

  9. Wayne Luke Bowman..I started reading the comments which followed and stopped…I couldn’t stomach anymore. It’s disgusting.

  10. Allan Karim is a paid PP blogger, he attempts to translates everything through racial lenses. The man is a nonentity and he must not be taken seriously. Singing for your supper is a hell of a task.

  11. O gorm,lol last year i thought that the cows were waking up until I really listened to the song. Tell him to listen to the song again this time with an open mind.

  12. I will NEVER understand the issue of race. There is no “pure” blood anymore. And, all ah we is the exact same thing in the end, dust. I is a piece ah African, piece ah Indian, piece ah Jew and pieces ah odder tings. So, who ah go hate?

  13. I read a post by dat karim guy n d amt of racist comments that followed was disgusting to say d least. I have to pray n move on to refrain from responding. So to karim n his fellow racist followers,,, doh beat up all ur grandchildren will look jus like me. Idiots

  14. bat shit crazy, can’t say it enough

  15. Just read it. “Is Sat Maraj on vacation??” Lmaoooo!!!! Wow. People really hear what they want to hear. Did he really listen to the song? Where in everything that is Holy does “indians” fit into the context of the song? On top of which he refuses to apologise…smh….humans yes….

  16. Lasana you rock, loved your article!

  17. A lyricist like Bunji? Will a) focus an uplifting song to everyone except one race, or b) come so very weak as to just call a name? How in the world does this fit with Bunji? The irony Mr Karim, the irony.

  18. Allan Karim just don’t know the meaning of the word minion lmao..he should look it up like I did free online dictionary….

  19. Seems as if T&T is short on ‘real issues’.

  20. Wow there is never a dull moment in Trini

  21. The kind of response he deserves.

  22. So he made a mistake, suddenly he’s like you, a racist?

  23. Probably a worse engineer/vocal coach? I dunno.

  24. Look, the question now is, who’s going to wake up the cows???

  25. When has Bunji ever discussed race or ethnicity in his music?
    He tackles class or music industry issues.
    People bored, oui.

  26. I must say that I too taught it was INDIANS and get vex until I listened to it again a few times……and na its clean….but I see his concerns.

  27. Bunji has nothing to apologize for,he said “minions” not “indians” some ppl need Q tips an a really good pair of headphones.

  28. Quick to say racist shit.. smdh… google d damn lyrics if yuh not sure before making yuhself look like an ass…. #vikings #youreanidiot

  29. Well said Stacey Alfonso-Mills well said

  30. Maybe its jealousy…. Who knows….love me my Bungy…

  31. On a positive note all the best Bunji stay up….

  32. I don’t understand why Allan Karim looking way over by Bunji to find a racist, when all he needs to do is look in his mirror.

  33. This has to be the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen in all of 2015.

  34. Lasana held back. He has the capacity to decimate him into a vague memory

  35. Hahaha. Good one Christophe Brathwaite!!

  36. But, but, who he is to attack Bunji what he knows about calypso he comes just like the attorney general and the piece of musical instrument that the attorney general say was missing taking piano for guitar now this one take Minions for Indians how foolish this idiot is why he did not take Minions for Onions because i find that is the closes word to Minions he just jealous Bunji. He is a foolish and a damn foolish Idiot dotish plus more dotish equal AK, i n CAL no name eh, only Bunji name meh call.

  37. Anybody who has a little bit of sense would know that Bunji wouldn’t attack Indians, or any other race for that matter, in his song. The man is singing the song in fetes to people of all races! Also, he wants the song to sell to people of all races so he can make his money! Which businessman you know will do something to alienate his clients? Food for thought, Mr. Karim.

  38. U know to tell u the truth, I heard the song before the bs Allan Karim started and heard “their minions”…but after the bs I’ll admit it does sound like” dem Indians”. I guess it all depends on what u have in ur mind. U’ll see what u look for. But in the context of the song he talks about ppl who try to pull u down in the height of ur success and when u think u have to watch them alone even ‘their minions’ are a hazard… Not ‘dem anybody’… There is no dem… There never was a dem…and according to Keish Norgriff there were no Indians crucifying Christ. Then again who knows… Let’s not get Mr. Downer started. Lol.

  39. Let me get this straight. Bunji shoul apologise for what he didn’t say because somebody thought he said it?

  40. Mr. Karim got his 5 minutes of fame, but there is really no cure for stupidity.

  41. Allan everybody knows “you shouldn’t go full retard”

  42. Dear Allan, the fact that you refuse to apologize for your inaccurate rant AND had the nerve to blame Bunji for using a word that sounded Iike a word you seem to have personal issues with in some way shows what a small minded individual you are. Maybe apologizing after all will stop the laughter at your ignorance and allow people to forgive you for trying to play the race card in the wrong arena!

  43. Liburd do yuh thing. Minionnss them be. Tel bunji he gal ruth say best song ever.

  44. Allan in ah fracking mess yes smdh. Listen to the lyrics and you’ll understand that the man is basically talking about life..about insignificant people like Allan (minion supreme) are always going to try an bring you down no matter what. Big long unbiased stupes! And with that said.. Ah have ah tabanca… Ah curry tabanca!

  45. Someone wrote, “that people hear only what they understand.” If that is true then maybe that is the genesis of this debate. Some ppl hear racist lyrics because that is what they understand while others hear typical Bunji Garlin rapid fire, jouvert morning, head nice, music to keep de carnival sweet because that’s what they understand.

  46. Song of the year. Go bunji boy.