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#PickoftheWeek | Wonderful Calypso sounds fill Flushing Town Hall on Friday
This group blends lilting Calypso wit, dancehall reggae, and trombone-heavy brass.
Kobo Town performs at Flushing Town Hall on Friday, Oct. 11, at 8 pm.
Founded and fronted by Trinidadian émigré Drew Gonsalves, this Toronto-based band uses rhythm, poetry, and journalism to explore 500 years of history through a post-colonial, Trinidadian lens. Blessed with a great sense of humor, Gonsalves spins compelling yarns about events, both real and imaginary, on stage.
Watch Kobo Town perform here.
At 7 pm, the group will offer a workshop during which participants will sing-along to Trinidadian songs stretching from the 1800s to the present day. As such, they’ll learn about the genre’s clever lyricism, soaring melodies, and general grooviness.
Admission is $16, but $10 for students and free for teens.
Kobo Town is named after a neighborhood in Trinidad’s biggest city, Port of Spain, where calypso was born. Gonsalves grew up in Diego Martin, a town just outside Port of Spain, but moved to Canada at age 13. Shocked by the cold weather and nostalgic for his homeland, he soon started writing calypsos.
In 2004, Gonsalves launched Kobo Town with some fellow Trinidad expats in Toronto. The band’s first album, “Independence,” debuted in 2006. The latest album, “Where the Galleon Sank,” won the Canadian Folk Music Award for World Group of the Year 2017 and the 2018 JUNO Award for Best World Music Album. (The JUNO is basically the Canadian Grammy.)
Flushing Town Hall is at 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Images: Kobo Town