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Page last revised: 12/31/08

 

 

Fifty years in the making, one of the world's wrongs has been set right, as www.mentomusic.com has created three mento t-shirt designs (and other necessary Jamaican music designs as well).

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About the "Chin's Calypso Sextet" Design

Celebrate one of the greatest early Jamaican music groups: the wonderful rural mento band Chinís Calypso Sextet. Graphics salute the original mid-1950s Chinís 78 RPM record releases. Lead singer Alerth Bedasse, lyricist Everard Williams and producer Ivan Chin (who gave his permission for this shirt) are all named. The same design appears on the front and the back. Looks great on the new dark t-shirt option.

  

 

Purchase a Chins Calypso Sextet Shirt

In association with Zazzle.comClick the button, left, for the zazzle.com page featuring the "Chin's Calypso Sextet" design. Then proceed to the Select and Buy button. You will be taken to a screen where you can choose a shirt type (t-shirt, sweatshirt, ladies shirt, sports shirt, etc), a style, color and size, and then see a preview before you order.
 

 

About the "Calypsos From Jamaica" Design

The Calypsos From Jamaica design features a rare illustration of mento musicians from a vintage 1950s Jamaican album jacket. The smaller version of the design is seen on the from and a large version is seen on the back.

 

 

Purchase a Chins Calypso Sextet Shirt

In association with Zazzle.comClick the button, left, for the zazzle.com page featuring the "Chin's Calypso Sextet" design. Then proceed to the Select and Buy button. You will be taken to a screen where you can choose a shirt type (t-shirt, sweatshirt, ladies shirt, sports shirt, etc), a style, color and size, and then see a preview before you order.
 

 

About the "I Love Mento" Design

"I Love Mento" painted on a rumba box. (The same design appears on the front and back.)

  

 

Purchase a I Love Mento Shirt

In association with Zazzle.comClick the button, left, for the zazzle.com page featuring the "I Love Mento. Then proceed to the Select and Buy button. You will be taken to a screen where you can choose a shirt type (t-shirt, sweatshirt, ladies shirt, sports shirt, etc), a style, color and size, and then see a preview before you order.
 

 

About the "Mento Poster" Design

A faux concert poster, circa 1957, for "Mento Time" the greatest mento concert that never really happened. The poster featured on the back lists all the top stars of that era. The front has the legend "Mento Time" in the graphic style from the poster. The thumbnails below do not do justice. Click on one to see a bigger preview.

  

 

Purchase a Mento Poster Shirt

In association with Zazzle.comClick the button, left, for the zazzle.com page featuring the "Mento Poster" design. Then proceed to the Select and Buy button. You will be taken to a screen where you can choose a shirt type (t-shirt, sweatshirt, ladies shirt, sports shirt, etc), a style, color and size, and then see a preview before you order.
 

 

About the "Mento Trio" Design

Vintage 1950s art of a mento trio (guitar, rumba box and maracas players) with the legend "Mento". The background is horizontal bands of blue (sky), yellow (sun) and green (grass). The same design is on the front and back of this shirt.

 

Purchase a Mento Trio Shirt

In association with Zazzle.comClick the button, left, for the zazzle.com page featuring the "Mento Trio" design. Then proceed to the Select and Buy button. You will be taken to a screen where you can choose a shirt type (t-shirt, sweatshirt, ladies shirt, sports shirt, etc), a style, color and size, and then see a preview before you order.
 

 

About the "Mento Logos" Design

The front of the shirt features the logo from the Kalypso label, along with the legend, "Jamaican Mento Music". The back of the shirt features a larger and more complex image, featuring the legend and graphic elements from the five crucial golden age mento record labels: in addition to the Kalypso logo, there's the notes and star from the M. R. S. label, the drummer from the Caribou label, the guitar and note from the Lasher Disc label, and the speaker and music from the Chin's label. (To see examples of the labels where these graphics came from, visit the More Golden Age Single Scans page.) This design is also available as a screen background for download.)

 

Purchase a Mento Logo Shirt

In association with Zazzle.comClick the button, left, for the zazzle.com page featuring the "Mento Logo" design. Then proceed to the Select and Buy button. You will be taken to a screen where you can choose a shirt type (t-shirt, sweatshirt, ladies shirt, sports shirt, etc), a style, color and size, and then see a preview before you order.
 

 

About the "Mento Fruit Crate" Design

The front of the shirt features a logo in vintage fruit-crate label style, with the legend, "Mento, Product of Jamaica". The back depicts the entire crate, with the lid consisting of the logo from the front, plus vintage mento records, photos and album art. (An alternate version of this design is also available as a screen background for download.)

 

Purchase a Mento Fruit Crate Shirt

In association with Zazzle.comClick the button, left, for the zazzle.com page featuring the "Mento Fruit Crate" design. Then proceed to the Select and Buy button. You will be taken to a screen where you can choose a shirt type (t-shirt, sweatshirt, ladies shirt, sports shirt, etc), a style, color and size, and then see a preview before you order.
 

About Zazzle and The Transaction

All shirt printing, financial transactions and shipping are done through Zazzle's secure web site.  My only involvement was to create the design. Using Zazzle will result in higher quality, faster shipping, lower prices and more secure financial transactions than if I had produced the shirts and sold them from my home. They produce high quality goods and provide great service.

About The Apparel

These designs are available on t-shirts, sweatshirts, ladies shirts and sports shirts, in a variety of styles, sizes and colors. Orders can mix and match shirt types and sizes. Single shirt orders are no problem. Prices are very reasonable and the quality is high. Look for Zazzle to add additional shirt styles in the near future.

About Zazzle

Use this link to visit Zazzle's web site for any purpose other than buying the shirts above.

Other (non-mento) Jamaican Music Shirt Designs

Visit my site, Mike's Reggae Shirts  at www.mikesreggaeshirts.com, for reggae, dub, ska, mento and Jamaican Music shirt designs, as previewed below. Click on any image to see detail.

Roots Reggae:

 

Ride The Riddim:

 

Reggae 45s:

 

I Love Ska:

 

I Love Reggae:

 

Club Dub (black logo):

 

Club Dub (color logo):

 

Club Dub (colorful teardrop logo):

 

Reggae Sun:

 

Reggae Montage:

  

Reggae in burlap:

  

Don Dada:

 

"Wake The Town And Tell The People":

   

Rock Steady:

   

Jamaica, Music Island:

   

Dancehall Reggae Speaker:

 

Ska:

 

Strictly Reggae Music I Mon Play:

 

Reggae Inna Rub-A-Dub Style:

 

Jamusica (Jamaican Music):

 

Dub:

 

Reggae Stripe:

 

Reggae Lion:

  

Dancehall Reggae Hot Sauce:

   

Ska, Greek Fraternity shirt style:

 

Mike's Reggae Shirts:

 

50th Anniversary of Jamaica's Recording Industry:

 

Visit Mike's Reggae Shirts  at www.mikesreggaeshirts.com, to purchase any of the above.

 

email me at:
mike@mentomusic.com

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