The Director

What started out as a small documentary project in 2008 has developed into a seminal film on the roots and current place of mento music in Jamaica. No film has been made wholly about the subject and it is a little known genre around the world.

Mento was the first national music of Jamaica and it begat ska, rocksteady, reggae and the dancehall music of today.

The timing of this film has been propitious, as most of the original artists have left us and indeed, a number of those interviewed have already departed. The history is told not only by musicologists, but also by the artists themselves, who have a stoic manner, yet infuse their music and lyrics with charm and humor.

Rick Elgood
February 12, 2018




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