A Out Of Many,one People B Mongoose In Mento. Mento style/Caribbean folk music. Matrix, Runout: ZTSP-92501.
4. –Lord Fly With Dan Williams & His Orchestra. Manassa With The Tight Foot Pants. Written-By – Unknown Artist. Baba Motta & His Jamaicans. She Pon Top. Written By – . 10. Written-By – R. Lyons.
Baba Motta & His Jamaicans, Baba Motta & His Orchestra, Baba Motta And Orchestra. Marketplace 30 For Sale. Baba Motta And Orchestra. Jamaican Carnival At The Myrtle Bank (LP, Album). Singles & EPs. ZTSP. Baba Motta And His Orchestra. Out Of Many, One People/ Mongoose In Mento (7", Single).
Jazz and mento have enjoyed a long relationship, with recordings first appearing in the 1920s and continuing today. Jamaica produced not only a rich repertoire of folk/mento songs, but also a host of talented jazz musicians. It's not surprising that Jamaican jazz musicians would take these songs and perform them in jazz. 1920s - 1940s 1940s and 1950s 1960s-1990s 2000s thru today & Monty Alexander. The liner notes of Boogu Yagga Gal alert mento fans to the early Caribbean-Jazz recordings of two Trinidadians, Sam Manning and Lionel Belasco. Both traveled to New York City, where they recorded the earliest versions of Jamaican mento songs in the jazz style of the 1920s. As seen below, these songs can be heard on CD collections that are in print and readily obtainable.
Initially a simple rural dance music, mento in its earliest incarnations usually featured banjo, rumba box, bamboo fife, and various percussion instruments, but reaching Kingston, it urbanized into a kind of street corner Dixieland with piano, clarinet, and saxophones soon factored in, and Jamaican jazz musicians like guitarist Ernest Ranglin and saxophonist Roland Alphonso got their start in mento orchestras.
Charlie and his Orchestra (also referred to as the "Templin band" and "Bruno and His Swinging Tigers") were a Nazi-sponsored German propaganda swing band. Jazz music styles were seen by Nazi authorities as rebellious but, ironically, propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels conceived of using the style in shortwave radio broadcasts aimed initially at the United Kingdom, and later the United States, after the German declaration of war on 11 December 1941.
Mento, however, occupies a very important place in Jamaica’s popular music, being the most indigenous, along with having the distinction of being Jamaica’s first commercially recorded music. Although Jamaica’s most popular music is regarded as reggae, a visitor’s first experience to live music would most likely be by a mento band, either at the airport, on a cruise ship, a hotel’s pool bar or at a festival event. The indigenous nature of mento can hardly be questioned.