Damase Elis is a Calgary-born singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and member of the Metis Nation of Alberta. Her music aims to blend past and present sounds and is the product of a variety of influences ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Florence Welch. Elis previously released music under the name Riel, including her 2017 EP Into the Waves.
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About Kobo Town · Toronto, ON
Kobo Town is named after the historic, storied neighborhood in Port-of-Spain where calypso was born, fronted by Trinidadian émigré songwriter Drew Gonsalves who rediscovered the joys of old calypso, ska and roots reggae through old records found in the bargain bins of used music stores in his new Toronto home. Brooding and joyous, intensely poetic and highly danceable, theirs is an intoxicating, deeply rooted folk music, delivered with an indomitable energy. Inspired by the vision of an old fiddler playing a rousing set of tunes to an indifferent subway audience, Kobo Town continues to redefine calypso music and push the boundaries of its Caribbean sound their brand new fourth album Carnival of the Ghosts. It’s an eclectic set of songs - whimsical stories about meeting spirits of long-dead celebrities, philosophical reflections on the brevity of life and satirical social commentaries. This album casts its gaze beyond the often-tragic history of the Caribbean to the wider human condition, poking at the quirks and foibles, vices and virtues found in every place and time. Sonically, expect calypso melodies and ska-driven horn hooks that collide over heavy reggae and soca bass grooves, all amid an interplay of dirty electric guitars with hints of zouk and son montuno.