Twinkle Brothers to headline at the Wilkswood Reggae Festival 2020
True ‘Reggae Royalty’ to play the main stage as this year’s line-up gets finalised.
Wilkswood Reggae 2020 is honoured to play host to true Jamaican Reggae Royalty when the rasta-infused, roots-heavy Twinkle Brothers headline on the main stage.
It seems as though the Twinkles have been around since the beginning of time – or at least the beginning of reggae – and the band have spent more than fifty years in the music industry. Hailing from Falmouth on Jamaica’s northern coast, the brothers began entering competitions in a newly independent Jamaica as early as 1962. They hustled for recording opportunities, meeting with the producers who ran the island’s big studios, before eventually getting breaks courtesy of Duke Reid and Leslie Kong.
In the early 70s, the group hooked up with the influential producer and arranger Bunny Lee, a union that produced a number of reggae hits including ‘We Can Do It Too’ and ‘Miss Laba Laba.’ In 1975, the Twinkles released their best and most widely known record, ‘Rasta Pon Top’, a demi-masterpiece that included soul and gospel vocal stylings within the deep grooves. Although hardcore reggae audiences were the principal fans of the Twinkle Brothers, Grant and company consistently released chart-topping records as their careers progressed.
Throughout the decades, they’ve taken their sound around the world, working with artists in different countries, as well as playing festivals and touring internationally. Since the early 1990s Twinkle Brothers have been regularly collaborating with the Polish band Trebunie-Tutki in which they fuse reggae and traditional music from the Tatra Mountains.
The Twinkle Brothers will be playing with a full band consisting of Norman Grant (vocals & congas), Barry Prince (drums), Julius Samuel (bass), Aron Shamash (keyboards), Errol Nicholson (rhythm guitar) and Jeremiah Fulgence (lead guitar) with Derek Fevrier on production.
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