“The granddaddy of reggae,” Mento is Jamaican “country music” played initially in rural areas with a simple guitar/drum/sax and/or banjo accompaniment in which vocalists sang mainly humorous lyrics about rural life. In the 1950s, Mento’s “Golden Age,” the style embraced Trinidadian calypso (though it remained distinct) and became popular in urban dance halls. What is mento?: a comprehensive overview | Preview some tracks from “Take Me to Jamaica: the Story of Jamaican Mento 1951-1958″ | The Jolly Boys go to “Rehab”
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