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Lititz Mento Band

Dance Music and Working Songs from Jamaica
House of the Cultures of the World
Product number: SM 15122
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As late as the 1960s the cheerfully elated rhythms of mento would be found at every village festival. In the age of modern and Afro-American pop music, however, the most important and oldest folk tradition of Jamaica - which developed from the displaced Africans’ contact with European music - has fallen increasingly into the shadows. With violin, banjo, guitar, and rumba box this famous Jamaican group presents a piquant potpourri of mentos, folk tunes, religious songs, and American hits. The songs are not infrequently lewd, and they treat daily life with humor and satire.


Born Jamaican
Rivers of Babylon
Man of Montego Bay
Island in the Sun
Day Oh!
Fan Me Soldier Man
Linstead Market
Shaving Gram
Little Girl in Kingston Town
Grader Man
Revival Man
Tennessee Waltz
Weel An' Tune

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Lititz Mento Band
Dance Music and Working Songs from Jamaica
House of the Cultures of the World
Gerald Myers: banjo / Clement Smalling, Sonny Borriel: guitar / Theodore Miller: violin / Cleveland Salmon: rhumba box / Jerome Williams: vocals
62 ′30 ′′

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SM 15122
0,12 kg

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