Monday, October 08, 2007
Mento Is Not Calypso
I've just been getting into Mento music. Its generally brilliant from what i've heard by Dr.Auratheft. Lyrically it is hilarious and bizarre. Calypso comes from Trinidad but Mento is more like the bridge between Jamaican Folk and Rocksteady which became Reggae. But for some reason the bands still called themselves Calypsonians. The more I've listened to this stuff, the funnier it gets. I'm not kidding, it really sticks in your head.
Lots of the tunes are still used in dancehall like the much rinsed Bam Bam and Galang Gal by T.O.K; which you can hear cunningly spliced with Lord Composer's Mandeville Road on Wayne & Wax's Blogariddims mix.
Mento Madness has just been reissued and features loads of bangers all produced by a very talented bloke called Stanley Motta.
Lord Messan & His Calypsonians - Linstead Market
Mento is highly recommended listening if you've had a few drinks. Or even better here.