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24 Jul 2016


Jamaica's original rural folk music, called mento, will be the grandfather of reggae music and had significant influences about the formation of the genre. Jamaica's "country music" was inspired by African and European music as well as by American jazz and featured acoustic guitars, banjos, bamboo saxes, hand drums and marimbula (large thumb pianos) also known as rhumba boxes, which were sufficient to sit on and play. There was also a various hand percussion instruments like maracas. Mento's vocals stood a distinctly African sound and the lyrics were usually humorous and happy. Everywhere people gathered you could find a mento band there were many mento and calypso competitions during the entire island. Mento...