“The classic mento sound is the acoustic, informal, folksy rural style. Still sometimes referred to as country music in Jamaica, it’s easy to imagine farmers and their families celebrating harvest with a mento dance. Typical instruments included banjo, acoustic guitar, a home-made saxophone, clarinet or flute made from bamboo, a variety of hand percussion and a rumba box…”
When you listen to mento music, close your eyes and suddenly you are transported to the Caribbean. But don’t keep your eyes closed because you will miss one of the most exciting aspects of mento—the people who make the music. The Tallawah Mento Band has to be one of the best examples of ensembles playing this traditional Jamaican music.

The Tallawah Mento Band is based in Florida and will be performing this Thursday at Redbones.