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The Twinkle Brothers
The Twinkle Brothers are a Jamaicanreggae band formed in 1962, and still active in the 21st century.
The Twinkle Brothers were formed in 1962 by brothers Norman (vocals, drums) and Ralston Grant (vocals, rhythm guitar) from Falmouth, Jamaica. The band was expanded with the addition of Eric Barnard (piano), Karl Hyatt (vocals, percussion), and Albert Green (congas, percussion).
After winning local talent competitions, they recorded their first single, "Somebody Please Help Me," in 1966 for producer Leslie Kong. This was followed by sessions for other top Jamaican producers such as Duke Reid, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sid Bucknor, Phil Pratt, and Bunny Lee. The band worked in the late 1960s and early 1970s on the island's hotel circuit, playing a mixture of calypso, soul, pop, and soft reggae, and in the early 1970s, they began producing their own recordings. Their debut album, Rasta Pon Top, was released in 1975, featuring strongly-Rastafari-oriented songs such as "Give Rasta Praise" and "Beat Them Jah Jah".
As well as producing Twinkle Brothers work, Norman Grant also produced other artists since the mid-1970s, including several albums by E.T. Webster. In 1977, the band were signed to Virgin Records' Frontline label, leading to the release of the Love, Praise Jah, and Countrymen albums. When the band were dropped by Virgin Records in the early 1980s, Norman Grant moved to the United Kingdom, and carried on effectively as a solo artist, but still using the Twinkle Brothers name, and continued with regular releases well into the 2000s, mainly on his own Twinkle label.
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. An analysis of this collaboration can be found in the popular world music textbook, Worlds of Music and in more detail in the musical ethnography Making Music in the Polish Tatras.
Rasta Pon Top (1975) Grounation
Love (1977) Front Line
Praise Jah (1979) Front Line
Countrymen (1980) Front Line
Me No You (1981) Twinkle
Underground (1982) Twinkle
Dub Massacre part 1 (1982) Twinkle
Burden Bearer (1983) Twinkle
Enter Zion (1983) Twinkle
Crucial Cuts (1983) Virgin
Dub Massacre Part 2 (1983) Twinkle
Live From Reggae Sunsplash (1984) Twinkle
Right Way (1985)
Kilimanjaro (1985) Twinkle
Anti-Apartheid (1985) Twinkle
Dub Massacre Part 3 (1985) Twinkle
Respect and Honour (1987) Twinkle
Twinkle Love Songs (1987) Twinkle
All The Hits From 1970-88 (1988) Twinkle
New Songs For Jah (1989) Twinkle
Rastafari Chant (1989) Twinkle
Dub Massacre Part 4 (1989) Twinkle
All Is Well (1990) Twinkle
Free Africa (1990) Front Line
Live In Warsaw (1990) Twinkle
Unification (1990) Twinkle
Wind of Change (1990) Twinkle
Dub Massacre Part 5 - Lion Head (1990) Twinkle
Old Cuts (1991)
Don't Forget Africa (1992) Twinkle
Twinkle Love Songs volume 2 (1992) Twinkle
Dub With Strings (1992) Twinkle
Babylon Rise Again (1992) Twinkle
Higher Heights (1992) Twinkle Music (with Polish folk band Trebunie-Tutki)
Comeback Twinkle 2 (1994) Ryszard (with Polish folk band Trebunie-Tutki)
Dub Massacre Part 6 - Dub Feeding Program (1994) Twinkle