Priscilla Rollins – Obeah Woman

Priscilla Rollins - Obeah Woman

Some time ago I brought you a track from an artist out of the Bahamas. I’m sure many of you had probably never heard anything from the island and thought of it as a one-off. Alas – this week’s selection is brought to you by a singer who has earned the nickname “The Queen Of Bahamian Soul” – Priscilla Rollins.

Released in 1973 on the Roulette label, “Obeah Woman” is the b-side of a song called “Letter From Miami” which sold over a million copies worldwide!! Strangely though, few people have heard the flip of the single which is a rather odd funk record. The other good thing about it is that you can still pick up a copy for £10 or under and in my opinion it’s a no-brainer.

Just before I go, I want to remind you all that this Friday sees the second installment of my new radio show – “Soul Party”. I’m on air live from 6pm – 8pm on Belfast Underground Radio. Hop on over to our Facebook page and give us a like. This will allow you to leave a message about the show, make a request, ask for a shout-out and see the full tracklisting for the show. You’ll also be able to listen again from the link on the page if you can’t tune in for the live broadcast.

Jay Mitchell – Goombay Bump

Well I’ve arrived back from my trip to Catalunya/Madrid/Basque region and a most enjoyable trip it was too, but I’ll bring you more about that later in the week. But for now, it’s this week’s update. Since I wasn’t able to bring you anything over the last couple of weeks I thought I’d return with something of a corker – I trust you will enjoy this track as much as I do.

So…. this is a record I have been aware of for a while but until relatively recently, it had been quite a hard one to track down. Thankfully I managed to secure my copy for somewhat less than the going rate. Anyway, what can I tell you about it? Well it was released on the Penn label out of the Bahamas in the early 70s (the label owned by the legendary Frank Penn of “Gimme Some Skin” fame) .

Don’t be thinking this is some cheesy calypso style thang though. Oh no – this has a great funk groove. Sure you can feel the Caribbean vibe running through it but there’s also lots of organ, terrific percussion and a great horn section in there. All in all this is just a great record to get down to! Don’t believe me – check it out for yourself: