Definition of mento in English:

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mento

Pronunciation: /ˈmɛntəʊ/

noun (plural mentos)

[mass noun]
A style of Jamaican folk music based on a traditional dance rhythm in duple time.
Example sentences
  • Jamaica's musical past goes far beyond reggae: There's the warm rhythms of mento, the sweet sway of calypso, the jittery jump of ska.
  • It reflects a moment in which Jamaican pop music was synthesising Black R&B and West Indian mento music.
  • The mento that graced the first Jamaican recordings of the early 1950s mixed an indigenous folk style with elements of Trinidadian calypso.

Origin

Early 20th century: of unknown origin.

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