Road To Folk Fest Presents....
LIVE MUSIC + LIVE ART + LIVE AUCTION
an evening with KOBO TOWN
Saturday November 23,
doors 7pm show 8pm
The Grovedale House
103 Park Street, Kingsville
Tickets by phone: 1-800-838-3006
An evening of music and art with Juno and Polaris Prize award winner KOBO TOWN along side 4 Art Society Kingsville artists.
The nights artwork will be auctioned off at the end of the concert.
Toronto-based Kobo Town will bring there award-winning, Trinidadian, calypso-inspired tunes - described by The Guardian as "an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass" - to the
Kingsville Road to Folk Fest Concert Series
Founded and fronted by Trinidadian émigré and songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town's music is a "unique, stylistic, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism," says Exclaim! Part poet, part correspondent, Gonsalves delivers compelling dispatches from events, both real and imaginary.
Kobo Town is named after the historic neighborhood in Trinidad's biggest city, Port of Spain, where calypso was born. Gonsalves grew up in a middle-class neighborhood just outside Port of Spain, and moved with his mother and siblings to Ottawa, Canada at age 13. The sudden move to a new (and cold) world where he didn't fit in led Gonsalves to cultivate a deep nostalgia for the land of his birth. He started writing his own calypsos and visiting calypso tents every time he visited Trinidad.
In 2004, Gonsalves launched Kobo Town with some fellow Trinidad expats in Toronto. The band's 2006 debut album, Independence, quickly made the band a crowd favorite on the festival circuit. He later collaborated with Belizean producer Ivan Duran, which led to Jumbie in the Jukebox, a masterful record that topped the European world music charts and brought the band back to Europe. The album also climbed to #5 on the Billboard Reggae charts and was nominated for multiple awards, including a JUNO and the prestigious Polaris Music Prize.
Kobo Town also won the Canadian Folk Music Award for World Group of the Year 2017, and the 2018 JUNO Award for Best World Music Album. Additionally, one of the songs on the record-a reprise from the group's first release in 2006-was covered and released by Carlos Santana as "Breaking Down the Door".