Kobo Town


Kobo Town (ON/Trinidad)
Kobo Town takes the intricate wordplay of classic Caribbean music and runs it through a 21st Century filter. In the world of Kobo Town, calypso, roots reggae, and acoustic instrumentation meet innovative production techniques, social commentary and indie rock attitude.  Named after the historic Port of Spain neighbourhood where calypso was born, Kobo Town was founded by Trinidadian-Canadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves. Drew grew up in a middle class area just outside of Port of Spain, but left there with his Quebec City-native mother to move to Ottawa at age thirteen. He didn’t fit into this new world, leading to a deep nostalgia for the land of his birth. Visiting Trinidad again as a young adult, Gonsalves started writing his own calypsos, and formed Kobo Town with some fellow Trini expats in Toronto. The band is committed to reviving the folkloric music of the West Indies by taking it in new creative directions, and we’re just happy to be along for the ride!

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