Various Artists – Mento: Jamaica’s Original Music (Vinyl LP)


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*This is a Vinyl LP*

Release Date:  2021

Label:  Naked Lunch


Track List

Side A

A1. Laurel Aitken – Sweet Chariot
A2. Ben Bowers w/ The Babba Motta Orchestra – Brown Skin Girl
A3. Hubert Porter – Not Me (Man Smart, Woman Smarter)
A4. Count Lasher’s Seven – Mango Time
A5. Count Lasher – Doctor
A6. Lord Flea – It All Began With Adam And Eve
A7. Harold Richardson & The Ticklers – Healin’ In The Balmyard

Side B

B1. Harold Richardson – Country Gal
B2. Wrigglers – Linstead Market & Day O
B3. Lord Fly – Blu-Lu-Lup
B4. Count Lasher His Calypso Quintet – Samfi Man
B5. Harold Richardson & The Ticklers – Glamour Gal
B6. Boysie Grant – Solas Market
B7. Boysie Grant & Reynolds’ Calypso Clippers – The Naughty Little Flea



Mento is a style of Jamaican folk music that predates and has greatly influenced ska and reggae music. It is a fusion of African rhythmic elements and European elements.

The 1950s was mento’s golden age, as a variety of artists recorded mento songs in an assortment of rhythms and styles. It was the peak of mento’s creativity and popularity and the birth of Jamaica’s recording industry.


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