Founded by emigré Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, 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. They are excited to embark on a North American tour, making stops in Canada and the East Coast. Stonetree and Cumbancha released Kobo Town’s second album Jumbie in the Jukebox on April 23, 2013.
Kobo Town kicks off their North American summer tour with a stop at The Triple Door on Thursday, July 10th.
The Triple Door
Thursday July 10th, 2014
216 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101
Doors 6pm / Show 7:30pm
For Jumbie in the Jukebox, Kobo Town teamed up with producer Ivan Duran who brought to the recording a new perspective and inspiration. “I brought the words and tunes, Ivan brought the dirt and the depth,” remembers Gonsalves, “and during our first session at his studio, he placed an old barely-playable electric guitar in my hands and it changed our sound completely. In the sessions, he was always pushing for us to find the right intent for the songs, to create the right mood and to veer off in unintended musical directions.” Ivan Duran is well known for his masterful work on the now classic album Wátina from
Andy Palacio & the Garifuna Collective that earned a 2007 WOMEX Award and was selected by Amazon.com as “The Greatest World Music Album of All Time.” The result of his collaboration with Kobo Town is a striking recording that reflects their mutual commitment to “stick to the roots and do the unexpected at the same time.” The album was recorded between Montreal, Trinidad, Belize and the band’s home base in Toronto.