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The verses of this song are like a series of musical postcards, each from a different place which suggests something of the past that has shaped Trinidad and the wider Caribbean: a dilapidated old church in the village of La Pastora, a derelict Great House lost in the grasses of the Central Plain, and Fort Abercromby, a forgotten outpost on the north coast of Trinidad where two small rusted cannons point to an empty bay, suggesting that you are on the very edge of nowhere….the forgotten periphery of an empire whose centre and attention were a world away.


in the shrine on the mountain
no bells ring to call
no candles burn late and low
to greet the nightfall
and wooden saint keep watching
from their shelves on the wall
over the changing world....

the world is turning
time marching on
the field is burning
it ent waiting for none
the sea is churning
the world we know
is just a passing shadow

in the fort on the coastline
two guns rust away
on guard against the galleons
of a long vanished day
while they gaze from their outpost
on the still quiet bay
over the changing world....

in the field on the flatlands
no spades break the soil
no calloused hands now catch the fruit
before it falls and it spoils
and the great house stares blankly
across the years of blood and toil
over the changing world....


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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