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Some years ago, I visited the city of Karachi in Pakistan. The day after I arrived, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated and the city went up in flames as rioters took to the streets to give vent to their grief and outrage. The ensuing sights and sounds and rumours that flew around are the subject of this piece of calypso journalism.

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last night I awoke to the sound
the town of Karachi burning down
people was adding wrong to wrong
the town of Karachi burning down
they were burning buses and looting stalls
the town of Karachi burning down
man, they beating the rickshawallah and all

i never seen in all of my days
how grief could set a city ablaze
i never seen in all of my days
how grief could set a city ablaze

some people beating their chest in shame
the town of Karachi burning down
some people chanting miss Bhutto's name
the town of Karachi burning down
and to underscore what they mean
the town of Karachi burning down
they dousing the whole place in kerosene
the town of Karachi burning down

as if the sticks and stones and strife
could restore a leader to life
as if the sticks and stones and strife
could restore a leader to life

some people said it was taliban
the town of Karachi burning down
some was out batting for imran khan
the town of Karachi burning down
some even said it was she own husband
the town of Karachi burning down
rumours was flying through the land
the town of Karachi burning down

as if all the malicious talk
could make the dead to get up and walk
as if all the malicious talk
could make the dead to get up and walk

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from Where The Galleon Sank, released February 10, 2017

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KOBO TOWN Toronto, Ontario

Founded by Trinidadian-Canadian Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town is named after the historic neighborhood in Port-of-Spain where calypso was born. Kobo Town takes the intricate wordplay of 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. ... more

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