The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten - Michael Garnice

The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten - Michael Garnice

Great mento-reggae by Stanley Beckford and others

The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten - Michael Garnice

Michael Garnice [+-]
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Michael Garnice is best known for his groundbreaking early reggae website www.mentomusic.com and his writing about Bob Marley for Reggae Beat Magazine. He lives in New York City and writes for a number of reggae websites and magazines.

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The 1970s saw the advent of mento-reggae, reggae with mento musical elements and/or a strong mento feel. Though there were not a great number of songs in this style, and they were not totally uniform in their arrangement, the body of work was large enough for a classic mento-reggae sound to emerge. This was sunny reggae with happy piano and an exaggeratedly springy guitar chop that alluded to banjo. The rhythm is a simplified interpretation of a mento rhythm remembered from the past. The singer often had a country voice. Songs were frequently renditions or adaptations of old mento standards. And when they were not, they were lyrically mento-like, often a detailed observation of one of life’s ribald predicaments. Woefully neglected by the CD format (with one exception), these songs are worth the effort to track down.

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Garnice, Michael . Great mento-reggae by Stanley Beckford and others. The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 299-303 Mar 2016. ISBN 9781781790953. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25468. Date accessed: 20 Jul 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25468. Mar 2016

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