Founded in 2004 by Trinidadian-Canadian Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town is a liltingly funky five-piece Toronto band whose style is sometimes referred to as “alternative calypso.” What’s that? Well take a listen to Scarborough Girl from their brand new album Where The Galleon Sank … now topping the charts on CKUA’s Top 30!!!
Named after the historic Trinidadian neighbourhood in Port of Spain where calypso was born, Kobo Town retains certain traditional musical elements but also incorporates a diverse blend of Caribbean and other influences, including reggae, Jamaican dub, zouk, and hip-hop. Their second CD, Jumbie in the Jukebox, was longlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize in 2013.
“An intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass.” The Guardian
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Boasting seductive island rhythms and a sophisticated front line of guitar, sax, trumpet, flute, and percussion, the band’s sound is lively and fun, easy on the ears, and truly seductive. But despite the music’s sensuous charm, calypso has traditionally been used as a medium for lively gossip and ironic social commentary. And Gonsalves, who studied history and political science at Carleton University, is more than capable of writing wry lyrics that are as pointed as that of any urban rap.
“For me, the calypsonian is a singing newspaperman commenting on the events of the day, with an attitude halfway between court jester and griot,” he says. Mostly, though, Gonsalves and Kobo Town are interested in getting people to “feel the beat” of a very special musical party.
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Courtesy of a grant awarded to KHC by the BC Arts Council’s Community Presenters Youth Engagement program will perform a special concert in the Civic Centre for 300 school students the next day.
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