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Some years ago, a tour brought me to London for the first time. I spent my time off walking up and down streets somewhat aimlessly, taken aback by how familiar it all seemed - names which I had seen again and again in Trinidad, Barbados, Grenada, Canada, Belize, Pakistan….anywhere touched by the rule of that far-flung empire whose nervous centre I was then traversing on foot. It was late winter and the weather was bleak and during my wandering I wrote this song of post-colonial homecoming.


London, you are not quite what I expected
I beg your pardon if I seem dejected
from the colony you one neglected
outside child coming home
america had the muscle but you had the mind
they had the hustle but you had the design
that wound worlds together like rope from twine
I thought as I walked up the Serpentine

we once wanted to be like you
bowler hats, garbadine suits
now we ape and empire closer to home
mimic men, to the end, you bred it in our bones
we were the margin, you were the metropole
we were the fragment, you were the whole
we were the flesh, you were the mind and soul
at least that is how we heard the story told

London, your sun is set
but the night has not quite fallen yet
all the stars once caught in your galaxy
flicker like lamps here in your city
in you London town
walking the streets, history crashing all around….

long time, London, since your flag came down
long time since we moved along
but now I see just how entwined
we were left by the years that we left behind
with you, Londontown…..


from Where The Galleon Sank, track 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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