Here is an early contender for album of the year. Kobo Town were founded by singer songwriter Drew Gonsalves who, at the age of 13 emigrated from Trinidad to Toronto and is now wowing audiences with his social and politically themed lyrics set to his own unique take on Caribbean roots reggae. Trinidad’s sound rubbed off on Drew – the band is named after the historic neighborhood in Port-of-Spain where calypso was born. However, there is nothing old fashioned about the music Drew is making. Mixing historic folklore with contemporary influences from America and Canada has Kobo Town leading the way for a calypso revolution.
Produced by Ivan Duran, who worked with the late legend Andy Palacio & the Garifuna Collective on his now classic 2007 album ‘Wátina’, Kobo Town’s second album ‘Jumbie in the Jukebox’ is deeply set in its traditional sound that is largely acoustic-based and allows Drew’s vocals to take centre stage: