Alerth Bedasse – Night Food

Mento music from 1950s Jamaica is a calypso-type style predating reggae. The controversy surrounding this particular ditty has been well-reported: vague lyrics that may be sexual, which later aroused the disdain of politicians before Louie, Louie. Trade and Industry Minister WIllis O. Isaacs (of ruling Britain at the time) sounded off on Night Food in Parliament, for its loose morals. He may have helped start a tradition of politicians reacting against changing cultural norms.


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