Lord Flea

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Kingston, Jamaica
The singer/composer Lord Flea, whose performance was the highlight of the 1957 film "Bop Girl Goes Calypso (1957)_, was the leading proponent of the Jamaican music genre "mento", which is a precursor of reggae and ska. Sadly, he died in 1959 at the peak of his popularity, having made mento a cross-over genre globally.

Although mento was marketed as "calypso" (a music genre native to Trinidad) in the U.S., it was quite a distinct genre and thrived until eclipsed by American rhythm and blues (R&B) and the development of reggae in Jamaica. Read more...


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Bop Girl Goes Calypso 1957

Character: Lord Flea

Calypso Joe 1957