Kobo Town: Jumbie in the Jukebox – review


Oddly, this dazzling update of calypso tradition comes not from Trinidad but Toronto, where Kobo Town founder Drew Gonsalves was relocated at age 13, later setting aside teenage rock interests for the music of his homeland. The result is an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass, inventively sculpted by producer Ivan Duran. Cameos of characters such as vagrant Mr Monday and Joe the Paranoiac mix with wry social commentary, culminating in Tick Tock Goes the Clock, a poetic diatribe on the last of times that references TS Eliot, Derek Walcott and Gerard Manley Hopkins. An early album of the year.


Neil Spencer

The GuardianTramp

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