Thursday, February 21, 2013

Kobo Town's Jumbie in the Jukebox

Jumbie in the Jukebox, the second album from Canadian-based, Trinidad-born calypso revivalist Drew Gonzalves, a.k.a. Kobo Town, is biting and politically acute, but also a pretty good party album...not unusual, apparently, in the calypso tradition.

Said Gonzalves, recently, in an interview with World, "Calypso is the English folk music of urban Trinidad. And the calypsonian, or calypso singer, is like a singing newspaper that comments on the events of the time. His role is halfway between court jester and griot.”

The album is out in April on the Cumbancha label.

You can find some music here.

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