by Cameron Fisher
“You don’t know whats going on,” Exuma bellows on the explicitly entitled “You Don’t Know What’s Going On,” and with it, the listener becomes subject in the strange, devout music of Exuma.
Tony McCay, stage name Exuma, was a Bahamian musician active largely in the early 70s, in New York, where he manifested a distinct, jarring and visceral form of folk steeped deeply and, more importantly, genuinely, in the practice of Obeah, an African diasporic religion practiced in
the Caribbean. Exuma is his 1970 debut, born during his time in New York, and driven heavily by his practice of the rootwork of Obeah.