Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Go Down Manuel Road, Part II (mento, ska, dancehall, & other versions)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a two part series on the Jamaican Mento (folk song) "Go Down Manuel Road" (also known as "Emanuel Road" and other titles).

Part II showcases five videos of "Go Down Manuel Road", including Mento, Ska, dancehall versions, as well as a rendition by Harry Belafonte. The Addendum of this post also includes a video of Jamaican folklorist Miss Louise Bennett. A portion of that video includes a clip of "Go Down Emanuel Road".

Click for Part I of this series.

Part I provides information about this song, provides song lyrics, and showcases three videos of the stone passing game that is traditionally done while singing this song.

The content of this post is provided for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic reasons.

All copyrights remains with their owners.

Thanks to the composers of this song, and thanks to all those who are featured in these videos. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post, and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

These videos are presented in chronological order based on their publishing dates on YouTube with the examples with the oldest dates presented first.

Example #1: Charles Welsh & Chorus - Emmanuel Road & Mango Time - Jamaican Ring play or game song - mento

Kingstoned - soundzzUploaded on Feb 14, 2009

Emmanuel Road & Mango Time - Jamaican Ring play or game song mento of the best known jamaican song emmaneul road origanated as a ring play game or game song that involves the passing of heavy stones round a circle of sqating men this song has heard as a calypso and in many other versions rhe present recording shows in its orgiginal form , sung to the thudding rhythm of the stones being passed around the circle ......the second song Mango time is an exsample of countrey dance style called mento a hybrid sort of music with a rhythm rather more foursquare than that of spanisch influenced music such as trinidadian calypso .. the performing group includes harmonica coconut grater scraped with a spoon , wooden trumpet .(a bass instrument made from a hollow brach of the trumpet tree :)),bottles , pipe joints , and a knife tapped on a pickblade . the melody of mango time is obviously of brittish origan , almost certenly a sea song imported via the port of kingstone in the 19th century( it seems closey related to the liverpool song maggie may) but the style of playing is wholly jamaican ..........enjoy!!! this piece of history

Example #2: Harry Belafonte - Go Down Emanuel Road

Cupa42, Uploaded on Feb 2, 2010

you don't need description for this

Example #3: Emmanuel Road - Echo Minott (Nah Lef Ya Riddim)

badinformer, Uploaded on Aug 3, 2010
Here's a comment from that video's viewer comment thread:
970RudeBoy, 2013
"Nice early digital dancehall"

Example #4: The Gaylads - Gal And Boy - (Emmanuel Road)

TheRickynow, Uploaded on Jan 25, 2011

Always loved this tune! Produced by Clement Dodd at Studio One with The Skatalites as backing band!

Example #5: Manuel Road (GalangBoy) Chris Anderson Feat Rok

ChrisBentaAnderson Published on Oct 23, 2012

Full Mento Album Tribute Comin' Soon
Remix BY _____DJ Gilbert,,,,,,Thanks Again

Miss Louise Bennett

Bwoy Ruff Uploaded on Sep 10, 2006

Tribute To Miss Lou, bless her soul, she will always be remembered and keep Jamaicas cultural roots alive.......
Click .45-1.24 of this video for a clip of the song game "Go Down Emanuel Road".

This is the end of Part II of this series.

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