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Thread #40845   Message #3379937
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
22-Jul-12 - 02:00 PM
Thread Name: ADD: jamaican folk music
Subject: RE: ADD: jamaican folk music
Some notes from
" 1965, The Wailers recorded a classic ska track, Rude Boy for Coxsone, with lyrics that grab from mento, American soul and Jamaican folklore. It's the couplet,
Now why you come wheel and turn me
Fi go lick a mi head 'pon you tambourine
That comes directly from mento. It's from a song alternatively titled "One Solja Man", or later, "Wheel and Turn Me"."
The first known recordings of this song come from the early 1950s. One was part of "Medley of Jamaican Mento" by Lord Fly & the Dan Williams Orchestra. This 78 RPM single of urban style mento released on M.R.S. is believed to be the very first Jamaican record (on youtube,

The other recording was the folk style"One Solja Man" by Edric Conner..."Songs from Jamaica." ( a partial may be heard at mentomusic,
Many covers, including "Wheel and Turn Me" by Lord Lebby and the Montego Hotel Calypso Band "from later in the 1950s."