Mento Music

Mento is pre-calypso Jamaican music, crucial in the formation of ska and reggae. Michael Garnice’s site contains a wealth of fascinating information about artists recordings, tracks etc.

I have been learning songs from the recordings of Edric Connor, Louise Bennett & The Jamaican Folk Singers.

The Jolly Boys are a big name in mento nowadays. They started out in the 1940s but are still going strong!

Emmanuel Road  is one  number they do that the Caribbean Community Choir sings. These two – Rehab & Perfect Day – are mento versions of modern classics.




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