Mento Music for Jamaica Music Museum’s Grounation Series

Mento music will be the main focus at this year’s annual Grounation series to commemorate Black History and Reggae Month.  Grounation is the Jamaica Music Museum’s flagship education and cultural community outreach programme. This year’s staging will be held each Sunday in the month of February beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) Lecture Hall, East Street, downtown Kingston, under the theme: ‘MENTO: Is ow de Music Sweet So. The Jamaica Music Museum begins Grounation 2017 with a grand opening ceremony on Saturday, February 4th, 1:00 pm at the IOJ Lecture Hall, premiering Pimento and Hot Pepper – The Mento Story; a video documentary directed and produced by Rick Elgood and Bill Monsted respectively.
Discussions will be led by local and overseas Mento experts. Among the presenters are renowned ethnomusicologist Dr. Daniel T. “Dan” Neely and Dr. Matthew Smith of the UWI, Dr. Clinton Hutton, Sexologist, Dr. Karen Carpenter, international author Colin Channer, Carlos Malcolm and Dionne Jackson-Miller. Attendees will be treated to live Mento performances each week by The Jolly Boys, Blue Glaze Mento Band and Mento Madness Band.

Sunday, February 5th focuses on the topic: Take Her to Jamaica (Where the Rum Come From): Mento and the Calypso Phenomenon in Tourism.  Dr. Daniel T. “Dan” Neely will present The Emergence of Native Music in Jamaica Tourist. He will be later joined by Dr. Matthew Smith of the UWI for a discussion on Mento music and tourism. The evening closes with a performance by Port Antonio’s internationally celebrated Mento stars The Jolly Boys.

Renowned sexologist Dr. Karen Carpenter will discuss ‘Noisy Spring: Mento’s Sexual Innuendos, Double Entendre and Downright Slackness’ on Sunday, February 12. Attendees will be treated to the closing performance by Mento Madness band.
On Sunday, February 19, internationally acclaimed literary genius Colin Channer will address the topic, ‘Healing in the Balm Yard: Mento, Obeah and Other Jamaican Folk Forms and Culture’, followed a sizzling performance by the Blue Glaze Mento Band. Through his band, the Afro-Jamaican Rhythms, he preformed sophisticated jazz-tinged arrangements of well-known Mento and Ska songs, in conversation with Dionne Jackson-Miller, Carlos Malcolm elaborates the themeLegitimizing Mento:  From Country Chune to Uptown Music for series finale of Grounation 2017, Sunday, February 26.

About Grounation
Introduced in 2012, Grounation has become one of the most eagerly anticipated calendar events during Reggae/Black History month. It is the premier educational and cultural event that promotes Jamaica’s rich musical heritage and its relationship to our social history. Grounation pays special attention to those cultural and artistic forms at the foundation of our popular musical development and its recognition as a global brand. The four-week programme is designed to encourage the understanding of the power of music.

The Jamaica Music Museum (JaMM) was established in 2000 to collect, preserve and disseminate items and artefacts that best represent Jamaica’s rich musical culture. The JaMM maintains a permanent exhibition, which supports study in areas of Jamaica’s secular and sacred folk music, mento, jazz, rhythm and blues, ska, rock steady, reggae, dancehall, gospel music, musical theatre and dance, opera and concert music.

For further information contact:
Herbie Miller: Director/ Curator, Jamaica Music Museum 876 476 6575 herbiemill@aol.com