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Ivan Chin’s Mento – Not Guilty / Give Her Love


Lost and Found, rare Mento 78rpm surfaces.

Once thought to be completely lost this rare 78rpm was discovered for the first time in 2006 and now possibly only the second copy known has been found in June of 2010.

‘I’ve waited a long time to begin my mento 78rpm collecting, and to find this incredibly rare 78rpm record as only the second 78 I have bought is nothing short of a record collecting miracle. Those who know the ups and downs of collecting will therefore understand that this will stand as one of the greatest days of my collecting ‘career’. With a find like this comes a responsibility too, to preserve this recording for the future, holding Jamaica’s cultural heritage quite literally in my hands.’

I hope to transfer the songs and restore them as best I can and will return here to post a link to a download for those other collectors that have yet to hear this song in reasonable condition, though it does currently appear on Chin’s CD6 available at cdbaby.com.

You can read more about this record here at Mento Music. Mike Garnice’s Website.

Details~

MENTO    SHELLAC    78rpm    CHIN’S CALYPSO SEXTET (VOCALS – A. BEDASSE)    ‘NOT GUILTY’    CHIN’S    C1012   Producer IVAN CHIN
MENTO    SHELLAC    78rpm    CHIN’S CALYPSO SEXTET (VOCALS – A. BEDASSE)   ‘ GIVE HER LOVE’    CHIN’S    C1012      Producer IVAN CHIN

Mento Thesis published by Dr. Daniel T. Neely


Long awaited thesis on Mento published

Many years ago I was in conversation via e-mail with Dan Neely, an ethnomusicologist who was engaged in a study of Jamaican Mento. He has helped to compile Lps, written articles for a well known Jamaican Newspaper and other publications, and has for those of us who are interested in mento been a benchmark by which to set our ‘facts’ at ground zero.

So much musical history is just poorly founded rumour unless someone like Dan actually gets out into the field and interviews the participants and through research can establish facts and not rely on the whispers of half forgotten conversations with people who wern’t on the ground at the time.

We spoke of the thesis that he was working on and I sent him my good wishes and waited.

It’s been published and is now available here –

Go Get Thesis Here > Click Me