RICHNESS OF ROOTS: The Dancehall Art foundation is pretty serious about fostering and harnessing the truth about Jamaica’s dance culture, roots and heritage.  Speaking about “unselfishness” The International cultural ambassador Donnaray Roc, desires to always look at the bigger picture and preserving Jamaica’s heritage.  “The  diversity of Jamaica’s culture embodies richness not only thru its heritage, but also with its music and dance”, stated Donnaray.

“Old Time Something Come Back Again”; Taking a look at the style of Jamaican folk music that predates and has greatly influenced Ska and Reggae music.  folk music, is a blending of African rhythms, Latin rhythms, and Anglo folksongs.

Important Notes:  Powered by Rockerz from The Culture ambassador Donnaray Roc on Mento. Sunrise Mento ban member in Jamaica.


Mento: features acoustic instruments, acoustic guitar, banjo, hand drums, and the rhumba box

Mento: Much like Calypso, Mento uses tropical lyrics with a humorous slant

Mento is sometimes referred to as country music

Mento came to real prominence in the 1940’s and 1950’s before being displaced by Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae.

not until the 1950’s that the first recordings were made pressed by Stannley Motta and Ivan Chin

Major 1950s mento recording artists Louise Bennett


, Count Lasher, Harold Richardson, Lord Flea, Lord Fly, Alerth Bedasse with Chin’s Calypso Sextet, Laurel Aitken,

‘mento’ IN NOW  is called  ‘calypso today.


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