“Shella Record” may be the most enigmatic figure in all of Jamaican music. After being the credited diva on the legendary track “Jamaican Fruit of African Roots”, Shella disappeared (it is said) to the States, otherwise leaving only rumor and mystery.
After finding a rare copy of the original record in a Toronto thrift store, artist Chris Flanagan set about finding the reclusive star, in the process identifying her real name (Sheila Rickards), interviewing her family, and meeting the people who recorded with her. In the process he has found the original tapes for “Jamaican Fruit of African Roots”, and is reissuing it on his own label – Shella Records. A documentary is being made of the search.
For more info and to keep up to date with the search, visit shellarecords.com