FAME Recommends: The Jolly Boys – ‘Great Expectation’

Jamaica’s legendary Jolly Boys release their new album, ‘Great Expectation’ on Wall Of Sound Records next week, on Monday 13th September.
It’s a collaborative project between Geejam’s Jon Baker and Wall Of Sound’s Mark Jones and the result is 12 stunning interpretations of contemporary songs given a mento makeover.

To celebrate the release, The Jolly Boys will be playing the main stage at Bestival on Friday 10th September.

This performance will follow a really busy summer for the Jamaican legends, who charmed audiences at The Secret Garden Party, The Big Chill, Camp Bestival, Electric Picnic and the Notting Hill Carnival.
While Jamaica is known for its reggae and ska, it is mento that is the original sound of the island and the forerunner to these two musical genres.

With an amazing history spanning 60 years The Jolly Boys’ name is synonymous with the mento sound and they are undoubtedly the most recognisable mento band in the world.

‘I’m flattered that ‘Rehab’ is now a part of Jamaican heritage. The Jolly Boys are part of that heritage. If it was good enough for Errol Flynn it’s good enough for me!’
Amy Winehouse