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Event Archive - An intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass!: Kobo Town

Sat. February 4th 2017 The Biltmore Cabaret (No Minors)
8:00 pm doors at 7:30 pm
$25
Tickets at: Vancouver Folk Festival Office
Founded by Trinidadian-Canadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town is named after the historic neighbourhood in Port-of-Spain where calypso was born. 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.

Kobo Town has emerged in recent years as one of the most original artistic voices of the Caribbean diaspora and one of the grooviest touring bands anywhere. Their music has been described as "a unique, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism." (Exclaim!).

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Kobo Town

Kobo Town, founded in 2004, blends Canadian and Caribbean cultures through the contemporary reimagining of calypso music. Founder, Drew Gonsalves, grew up in Trinidad and moved to Ottawa when he was 13 with his Québécois mother. Caught between two worlds, Gonsalves turned to music and poetry, eventually creating Kobo Town with fellow Trini expats... more info