noun (plural mentos)
A style of Jamaican folk music based on a traditional dance rhythm in duple time.
- 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.
Early 20th century: of unknown origin.
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