Cult Cargo: Grand Bahama Goombay


The second in our series exploring the pan-American funk experience, Cult Cargo: Grand Bahama Goombay is a deep overview of Funky Nassau’s redheaded sister city, Freeport, on Grand Bahama Island. A "cargo cult" is what happens when one culture begins worshipping the byproducts of another; Cult Cargo is what happens when that devotion is returned. From 1969 to 1976, Frank Penn’s GBI studio and label cranked out a dozen LPs and twice as many singles, each infected by the Detroit-by-way-of-Miami sounds drifting east across 100 miles of Florida strait. GBI's catalog is a fruity blend of poolside soul, second-deck cruise ship karaoke, sand-in-your-bathing-suit funk, jump rope rhymes, hurricane-ravaged R&B, the regional delicacies of rake n’ scrape and a 13-minute “Mustang Sally” that stresses the classic to breaking point, and goes ahead and breaks it. Fire up the blender, crank the stereo, and slather on the SPF 35. Have your mail held. Frank Penn's funked-up Freeport, Bahamas, is a mouse click, a play button, or a needle drop away.

–Cyril Ferguson Gonna Build A Nation 4:04
–Jay Mitchell & The Mitchellites I Am The Man For You Baby 2:48
–Frank Penn Gimme Some Skin (Instrumental) 2:35
–Dry Bread Words To My Song 3:04
–Jay Mitchell Goombay Bump 7:44
–Sylvia Hall Don't Touch That Thing 3:36
–Mustangs (3) Watcha Gonna Do 'Bout It 4:07
–Frank Penn Gimme Some Skin 2:34
–Ozzie Hall Take Five 3:57
–Jay Mitchell Tighter And Tighter 7:21
–Mustangs (3) The Time For Loving Is Now 5:19
–Willpower (2) People Won't Change 2:39
–Jay Mitchell Funky Fever 6:10
–Esquires LTD* Theme From Shaft 4:03
–Gospel Chandeliers Honesty Is The Best Policy 3:27
–Jay Mitchell Mustang Sally 12:51