Shella Record - A Reggae Mystery

After ten years, the search for the voice behind the song is complete.

Shella Record's first (and namesake) release Jamaican Fruit of African Roots is the lost vocal cut to one of King Tubby’s most dramatic and devastating dubs from the 1970s. It was never released in Jamaica, but housed on an obscure compilation released only in Toronto in tiny quantities in the mid 70s. After finding this record for 10 cents at a thrift store, I started a quest to find the story behind the voice and why this singer never recorded another reggae tune. 

This obsession culminated in my feature documentary, completed in 2019. The documentary is now screening at festivals and I hope to show it around the world. 


Check out the trailer below, and read more on the doc website

Shella Record - A Reggae Mystery is a feature length documentary about the search for lost Jamaican singer  Sheila Rickards. Artist and vinyl fanatic Chris Flanagan becomes haunted by a mysterious singer’s voice after discovering an incredible junk shop record. He sets off on a 10 year quest to find the singer, known as Shella Record, from Toronto, to Kingston Jamaica and all across America enlisting the help of psychics, private investigators and a ghost hunter on a surreal adventure. SHELLA RECORD ‒ A REGGAE MYSTERY is a whimsical meditation on the power of music and obsession, blurring fact and fiction through the use of Flanagan’s creative studio built models and fantastical recreations. The film premiered at Hot Docs in 2019 and sold out at Doc NYC the same year.


Check out the film website here:

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