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Toronto-based band Kobo Town is named after the historic neighborhood in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where traditional calypso (kaiso) was born amid the boastful, humourous and militant chants of the roaming stickfighters. Situated near the fishermen’s wharf, the area was a site of constant defiance and conflict, a place where sticks and stones, songs and verses clashed with the bayonets and batons of colonial rule. For the members of the eight-piece outfit, the name suggests an origin as well as a destination.

Exploring the rich lyrical tradition and compelling rhythms of calypso’s formative years - the age of the Roaring Lion, Mighty Spoiler, Lord Invader, King Radio and Attila the Hun - Kobo Town strives to demonstrate the contemporary relevance of their art by engaging the pressing concerns of our time. Domestic violence, the US war on Iraq, the paradoxes of globalization, the ongoing state of Caribbean dependency, and the bittersweet experience of immigration are all treated within their wide and varied repertory.

Calypso is an art that developed in dialogue with other musical forms. The members of Kobo Town, who come to calypso from all over the musical map, hope to continue and extend this tradition of rhythmic and melodic cross-pollination. While rooted in old time calypso and various West Indian folk musics, their music also draws heavily on dub poetry, roots reggae, zouk, son montuno, funk and jazz.


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  • LeCoinNawak

    Cool music!

    26 Mar 2014 Reply
  • RMGallery

    We are excited that you're part of First Fridays at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa. Kobo Town and Gibbian will be preforming on Friday 4 February. First Fridays are a four part event series that will appeal to music and art fans alike. Enjoy art, music, culture, and support a good cause; proceeds from the event will support WarChild.

    14 Jan 2011 Reply
  • TheRootsLife

    I saw Kobo Town a few years ago at The Shelter Valley Folkfest, which is a great little festival in Ontario that takes place on a beautiful little farm every year. They closed the festival that year and had everybody dancing to their Trinidadian grooves..

    17 Sep 2010 Reply
  • fulviojr

    Love this wife and kids play it almost daily from our Itunes Library...Drew is a great artist and an amazing person!

    10 Mar 2010 Reply

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