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Jolly Boys (The)

The Jolly Boys

Origin: Jamaica

Genre: World

Originally from the Port Antonio region of Jamaica, the Jolly Boys figure among the most famous performers of mento, the precursor to reggae. Beginning in the mid-1940s, the group livened up countless private parties held at Errol Flynn's Jamaican retreat.  In the 1960s and 1970s, the band made a name for itself locally before breaking onto the international scene at the end of the 1980s with the album Pop 'n' Mento (1989). Moses Dean, Papa Brown, Albert Minnott and "Powda" Bennett are among the most memorable members of this constantly evolving group, with Minott and Bennett leading on Great Expectation (2009), a covers album of British rock and New Wave hits with the Jolly Boys touch.


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