Executive Producer

Bill Monsted is a native New Orleanian who has lived most of his life in that town. A graduate of Tulane University he gravitated toward the arts, particularly music, drama and literature. Although he became a financial planner, he never dropped his interest in music.

Bill has traveled extensively to the Caribbean, particularly Jamaica, where he became exposed to the bands that perform mento music, the first commercially popular music of the country. It is still played widely across the island. He began making field recordings of these bands and developed an interest in making a studio recording. It was about this time that he met director Rick Elgood in Jamaica and they agreed to produce a documentary on mento.

A studio recording of the Blue Glaze MentoBand took place in conjunction with the film. This album was recorded at Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Studios and featured guest artists Toots Hibbert, Stranger Cole and Bunny Wailer.

Bill continues to pursue his Caribbean connection through his interest in photography. He has been photographing the people and historical architecture of the islands for many years and would like to put them together in book form.