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Scarborough Girl

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One morning, amid the swirling snows of a blizzard in Scarborough (Ontario, not Tobago), I saw two young Caribbean women at a bus stop dancing and singing dancehall tunes with their iPods in hand. Struck by this incongruity of climate and behaviour, I further noted that they were dressed in nursing scrubs and I thought of my own mother and mothers like her who worked night after night – and sometimes night after day – to provide for the children who they were struggling to raise alone in a new home.

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january, frozen winter day
down by the bus stop dancing the cold away
bitter wind, blowing the snow around
but she don’t notice she’s captured by the sound
coming through headphones from far away
songs that bring the light and sing the green of day
sounds stream making her troubles seem
to be passing like a dream

midnight, busy hospital floor
worn down, doesn’t know how she will endure
tomorrow’s day shift at the grocery store
but for the children she would do all that and more
hoe for a quick change of uniform
time to kiss two cheeks and rush out the door
manager uptight, ready to fight,
he don’t know what she does it for

mother dear, whatever brought you here
to this place so far from all that you held near
I know it was hard, you never let your worries show,
mother dear, you are so much stronger that you know….

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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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