Sunday, January 24, 2016

Day 85 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Lord Lebby - Mama No Want No Rice & Peas

We're really going to go back this week with some mento!  We're starting if off with a tune by Lord Lebby called "Mama No Want No Rice & Peas" and this is a cover of an old jazz standard, first recorded by Count Basie in the 1930s, but done in a wonderful rural mento style that just warms the heart.  Lord Lebby, born Noel Williams in 1930 started performing with calypso groups all over Jamaica when he was a child and eventually recorded fifteen tracks for Jamaican music pioneers Ken Khouri and Stanley Motta.  "Mama No Want No Rice & Peas" was released circa 1955 as a 78 RPM disc on Khouri's Kalypso label.

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