Album

We Will Wait

Blue Glaze Mento Band

Founded over forty years ago Blue Glaze Mento Band had long been considered one of Jamaica's finest Mento Bands. The group developed a somewhat more contemporary sound in the last decade, however, backing up reggae singer Stanley Beckford for two records and a European tour. In this latest recording the band features much vocal versatility, particularly from singer Vernal Morgan, veteran of both Duke Reid and Ms. Pottinger's studios in the Sixties. Yet there are original recordings from two other band menbers, as well as guest appearances from Stranger Cole, Toots Hibbert and Bunny Wailer. Adding to the Wailers connection are Sticky Thompson (percussion) and Lee Jaffe (harmonica). Read More

Documentary

Pimento and Hot Pepper

The Story of Mento Music

Mento music has its beginnings in Jamaica in the 19th century and was a fusion of African and European musical traditions. Although widely played throughout the island for many years, it wasn’t until the early 1950s that actual mento recording first began to appear on 78 RPM discs. This decade was mento’s golden age, as a variety of artists recorder mento songs in an assortment of rhythms and styles. It was the peak of mento’s creativity and popularity in Jamaica and the birth of Jamaica’s recording history. Read More