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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now, we just heard about a hard-hitting news program coming out of Jamaica. But any visitor to the islands knows that life is not all serious business, especially with Carnival coming up. It is an explosion of color, costumes and music celebrated with special verve in Trinidad and Tobago, of course. But did you ever wonder what Soca stars listen to, to get them in the Carnival spirit?

Well, that's what our In Your Ear feature is for. That's where we invite some of our guests to tell us about the songs that give them inspiration. So when Trinidad's Bunji Garlin came in to talk to us about his own anthems, he also shared some of the music that moves him.

BUNJI GARLIN: Hi, hello. This is Bunji Garlin all the way from Trinidad and Tobago. This is what's playing in my ear.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LET'S GET IT STARTED")

GARLIN: Black Eyed Peas, "Let's Get It Started."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LET'S GET IT STARTED")

GARLIN: I always liked that song from the first time it was released. It just puts me into that atmosphere of getting ready - party, getting ready to move, getting ready to get work done, getting ready to get something started. Another song that has been playing in my ear, Tears For Fears, "Everybody Wants To Rule The World."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD")

GARLIN: There's so many things about that song. It just lifts my spirit. There's serious nostalgia when I hear that song. My childhood days come back into play. I remember when my parents were still together. We were in the same household, all that stuff. The whole atmosphere becomes one, something like dreamland, every time I hear that song. And I like to dream a lot, so I constantly play that song. Yep.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "JUST HOLD ON, WE'RE GOING HOME")

GARLIN: Another song that's playing in my ear is by Drake, "Just Hold On, We're Going Home" Just - this song alone, I mean, it just - it tells so many stories just listening to it.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "JUST HOLD ON, WE'RE GOING HOME")

GARLIN: You could visualize your own mini movie in your head when you hear that song. Every time I'm leaving from a show and I'm going home to my wife and daughter, that is the song that I play. And it just keeps me company on the way home to see them because sometimes it's been a long night. I just need to take it easy to go home.

MARTIN: That was Trinidadian Soca star Bunji Garlin telling us what's playing in his ear. To hear our previous conversation with him, just head over to NPR.org. And remember, you can share our conversations with voices from the African Diaspora and share your story. Just use the hash tag #ArfoGlobal on Twitter and Facebook.

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