Boogu Yagga Gal: Jamaican Mento 1950s

Boogu Yagga Gal: Jamaican Mento 1950s


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Boogu Yagga Gal: Jamaican Mento 1950s

Mento is the Jamaican music that's never received much attention -- indeed, this is the first compilation to take a look at the style -- coming long before reggae and ska. Its roots are in the dance slaves made to the European quadrille, although it greatly changed over time, becoming more of a folk form, and by the middle of the 20th century resembled calypso (and was sometimes marketed as such, to the extent that most of the backing groups here use calypso in their names, and much of the material here originally appeared on the Kalypso label). If there's one fault here, it's that the record focuses too closely on a small range of artists (Bedasse gets to sing on no less than 12 tracks out of 22, for example, with Count Lasher getting six more), giving no real account of the music's breadth. But it's out of this that reggae evolved, one of the strands of the future; it's important for that, but it's also vital on its own account, as a piece of Jamaican history that deserves to be heard. Produced, curiously, by Pink Floyd associate Ron Geesin.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/26/2002
Label: Heritage Music
UPC: 0008637504526
catalogNumber: 45
Rank: 159321

Album Credits

Performance Credits

A. Bedasse   Banjo,Guitar,Maracas,Vocals,Bamboo Flute,Rumba Box,Bamboo Saxophone
E. Bedasse   Banjo,Guitar,Maracas,Vocals,Bamboo Flute,Rumba Box,Bamboo Saxophone
Count Lasher   Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Maracas,Alto Saxophone,Vocals,Bamboo Flute,Rumba Box

Technical Credits

Dave Wakeling   Composer
Ron Geesin   Producer,Original Idea,Revision
Ranking Roger   Composer
Greg Ginn   Composer
Prince Buster   Composer
Andy Cox   Composer
Herbie Miller   Revision
Everett Morton   Composer
Saxa   Composer
John Cowley   Revision
Tony Barker   Revision
Richard Noblett   Lyric Transcription
David Wright   Composer
David Steel   Composer

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