Monday, August 03, 2015

Dance to the tune of Caribbean calypso beats at Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival

KUCHING: Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) revellers are in for a treat at this year’s festival, as they’ll be able to enjoy Caribbean calypso music from Aug 7 to 9 at the Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV).

A statement from Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) revealed that Kobo Town from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago will be performing calypso music at the festival – cheerful and relaxing musical compositions set against a laid back Caribbean setting.

Kobo Town founder Drew Gonsalves traces the band’s origins from the easy-going historic neighbourhood city in Port-of-Spain, which in turn is also thought to be the origin of calypso music.

The artiste grew up in Diego Martin where he was surrounded by calypso music from an early age, moving to Canada but eventually returning at the age of 18 when he started writing his own tunes.

The band’s debut album ‘Independence’, which was released in 2007, was also nominated for several awards including the Indie Award.

Gonsalves describes the band’s music style as a mix of traditional calypso, big band and jazz music, expressing a musical theme of present events in its lyrics.

The band’s new album ‘Jumbie in the Jukebox’ contributes to the musical heritage of the Caribbean that tries to give the present generation a voice to express themselves with.