Global Notes: On new album, The Jolly Boys make mento music out of Cash, Winehouse

August 24, 2011

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'Great Expectation' is the first North American release from the Jamaican band The Jolly Boys in 20 years.

Mento is a style of Jamaican music that predates and has heavily influenced ska and reggae. The Jolly Boys is a mento band from Port Antonio, Jamaica that has been playing these folksy Jamaican tunes since 1955.

The band just released their new album Great Expectation that does mento covers of rock classics. On this week’s Global Notes, Jerome and Radio M host Tony Sarabia take a look at versions of pop and rock hits like "Rehab," the song made famous by the late Amy Whinehouse.
 

 

 

Track List

1. Rehab

2. Ring of Fire

3. You Can't Always Get What You Want

4. Nightclubbing

5. Don't You Want Me

6. I Fought the Law