Stanley Motta

 

Various Artists - Mento Madness - Zinc Fence - CD

Stanley Motta's mento productions was not the foundation that reggae music was built upon. Reggae links go back to New Orleans and the American South in one direction and eastwards towards Africa in another direction. Lyrically there are links between reggae music and Mento. Dancehall owes a lot to what was first expressed in a mento style. 'Hill And Gully Ride' for instance is one example, with 'This Long Time Gal A Never See You' being another example. Both tunes can be found here. This eighteen track CD with its twenty page booklet from Steve Barrow and Paul Coote pulls together all that you really need to know about a Jamaican musical era - that is not well documented.