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Posted by:Dec 7th 2006, 01:52:14 pm
BlueleganceVery Interesting Story!
Posted by:Dec 1st 2006, 10:12:32 am
KristelFrom Thursday's Nassau Guardian... http://www.thenassauguardian.com/social_community/306421680546927.php

The Vic-Hum Club a Briland landmark

By NORMAN ROLLE, Features Writer, norman@nasguard.com

East from the public dock Munning Street meanders uphill for about a quarter mile where it connects with Barrack Street at the base of the hill. The hill is at the center of this three by a half mile island. Here sits a Briland landmark the Vic Hum Club. Albeit nondescript, Vic-Hum has been the entertainment and social rendezvous for this tiny island of 2,000 people for 51 years, and has hosted an impressive array of international celebrities.

The Vic-Hum was opened in 1955 by two of the island's prominent sons, late brothers Victor and Humphrey Percentie Sr. Currently managed by Humphrey Percentie Jr, the club is considered a museum. As you enter, it's like walking into history, history of music and sports. Literally every square foot of space in the outer bar and lounge is decorated with colour printouts of entertainment and sports figures, including three albums by the popular group of the 60s, The Percentie Brothers: Victor, Herman Anthony, and Humphrey.

To further cement Humphrey's love for memorabilia, on the top shelf of the bar sits the largest coconut ever grown in The Bahamas 33 inches in diameter which has been a talking point, particularly for tourists, for 31 years.

The back section, unroofed, doubles as a mini basketball court by day and an dance floor by night. Here, with a historic ambiance of wall pictures and paintings, also is a ping pong table.

Many of the Bahamian entertainers over the years have done shows at the Vic-Hum. Among them Tony Seymour, Wendal Stuart, Count Bernadino, The Beginning of The End, The Mighty Makers, Smokey 007, King Eric and His Knights, Al Collie and the VIPS, Ezra and the Polka Dots. In 1967, Charles Carter launched the Family Island segment of The Young Bahamian Show on ZNS at the Vic-Hum.

Most of its customers during the early days were guests from the Pink Sand Lodge. After dinner, they would flock to the club to be entertained by The Percentie Brothers. Humphrey Sr, in addition to serving as the band's main vocalist, at times played the box guitar, the bongo and maracas. There was no electric amplification in the early years of the band.

Tourists still go to the Vic-Hum for entertainment, but a resident live band is no longer the main feature.

In 1952 the group recorded its first album, at the time being among the first in The Bahamas to produce an album which included mostly folk and calypso music, some of which were Humphrey's original songs.

The album featured Miss Florida as the only female vocalist, along with two lead male vocalists, George Nixon, a nephew of the Percentie and Tony, the only surviving Percentie who is now active in the Church of God.

Humphrey's nickname 'Hitler,' is a misnomer. Although outspoken and vociferous, this strapping man of six foot two bears no similarity to the diminutive despot. The 52-year old bachelor Percentie is affable and accommodating.

Once the capital of The Bahamas, Harbour Island (Dunmore Town) is one of the oldest towns in the country. It is named after Lord Dunmore the British Governor (1787-1796). The quaintness of Harbour Island has made it attractive to wealthy expatriates who have been settling there for over a century. Currently, Harbour Island enjoys a boom in tourism and has been recently voted the best island resort in the Caribbean region. Construction is at an all time high; there is full employment.

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