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Jamaican Veterans in Poland
June 3, 2014   
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The Jolly Boys, a veteran music band from Jamaica, are coming to Warsaw’s Stodoła club to give their first-ever concert in Poland June 4.

Formed way back in 1955, The Jolly Boys are a living legend of Mento, a style of Jamaican music that has influenced ska and reggae.

The band hail from Port Antonio, a picturesque little town in northeastern Jamaica. Over the decades they have had their share of ups and downs with crises, hiatuses and a time when there were two bands of the same name. Nevertheless, The Jolly Boys are a symbol of Jamaica and the oldest Mento band in the world.

Their rose to international prominence twice in their career, the first time around in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Their albums Pop’n’Mento (1989) and Sunshine’n’Water (1991) were released in many countries around the world and became Mento classics as the group went on extensive tours. The Jolly Boys returned to the limelight in 2010 with Great Expectation, a collection of Jamaica-sound covers of famous rock songs. The band’s take on Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab,” Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” or Iggy Pop’s “Passenger” became hits. The Jolly Boys are likely to play these and more in Warsaw along with their own compositions.

The Jolly Boys; June 4;
Stodoła Club; 10 Batorego St.
Tickets available at the Stodoła club and online at www.stodola.pl
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