|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
Kobo Town is a Canadian Caribbean music group, led by Trinidadian Canadian singer and songwriter Drew Gonsalves. Based in Toronto, Ontario, the band blends calypso music with a diverse mix of Caribbean and other musical influences, including ska, reggae, dub, rapso, zouk and hip hop.
Other band members include percussionist Derek Thorne, guitarist Cesco Emmanuel, drummer Robert Milicevic, saxophone and flute player Linsey Wellman, bassist Roger Williams and trumpeter Jan Morgan.
Gonsalves was born and raised in Diego Martin, Trinidad and Tobago to a Trinidadian father and a Québécois mother. When he was 13, his mother left what had become an abusive marriage, and returned to Canada with her children, settling in Ottawa, Ontario. As a teenager, Gonsalves turned to music and poetry as a way to deal with his sense of dislocation and exile. He later studied history and political science at Carleton University before moving to Toronto with his wife Sophia in the early 2000s and forming the band in 2004.
The band released its debut album Independence in 2007.
The band's second album Jumbie in the Jukebox, released in 2013, was recorded predominantly in Belize. The album was named a longlisted nominee for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize on June 13, 2013.
- "Kobo Town: A Haunted 'Jukebox' Filled With Caribbean Sounds". NPR, May 22, 2013.
- "Kobo Town: Sing the beloved country". Caribbean Beat, March/April 2013.
- Kobo Town Archived 2016-03-01 at the Wayback Machine. at CBC Music.
- "Kobo Town". Exclaim!, May 2013.
- "Polaris Music Prize Unveils 2013 Long List". Exclaim!, June 13, 2012.
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