Mento is the folk music of Jamaica in the 50's.
Mento is a kind of Jamaican calypso, for the tourist that visited Jamaica, and you can still today find bands on hotels in Jamaica that plays mento. You can also find mento cd's and LP's. Mento is the music that became Ska and ska became reggae, (and so on), so it's pretty relevant, really.
Mento musicians: Calypsonians, Lord Fly & Dan Wiliams Orchestra, Richardson, Harold & The Ticklers, Porter, Hubert & George Moxey Quintet and Baba Motta
Don Drummond was the most markable member of the famous founders of Ska in the 60's, The Skatalites, where he played the trombone, as no one else has done it after.
He wasn't a good friend of the cops because he was a member of the rastafari religion, that wasn't accepted yet at Jamaica in the 60's. (because of the marijuana etc.)
"Don D.", were also a sick man, depressed, killed his girlfriend, Maquerita, came behind bars and died there. Don Drummond wrote many melancholy songs.
This famous and accepted trombone player and rudeboy, was a big notable man, that wrote some of the greatest tunes of the Skatalites ever.
"Don Drummond was the man with the big trombone" - Lord Tanamo
Dub reggae is one of the only musics in the world, were the "programmer" or "mixer" is a part of the music.
Dub is a mysteric, special, poetic music genre.
Dub works like this:
A mixer gets a track, a song that others have made. (roots reggae). He uses his mixers, moduls and programming stuff to "dub" or "re-mix" the track with echos, reverb and instruments dropping in and out. Dub is allmost always instrumental, there can be like 3 or 5 words in a dub song normally.
Oh, King Tubby made a great dub out of that track!...