THE TWINKLE BROTHERS + COUNT KUJO
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.
Formed in Brighton in 2016, Count Kujo were brought together by a love of jazz, reggae, soul and afrobeat. Within a few months they’d grown into a multi-headed powerhouse, with influences ranging from Fela Kuti, to Sun Ra, to Prince Buster and beyond.
Fronted by keyboardist and founder Max Ayinde, Count Kujo deliver some of the most exciting and unique vibes currently coming from Brighton’s ever growing funk and soul scene, Whether it’s pounding highlife drum patterns, heavy dub bass lines, or melodic horn riffs, Count Kujo mixes a bag of adventurous musical talents to keep anyone on their feet.
Their first album, Cognitive Dissonance, featured a beautiful collection of songs reminiscent of 70s era Stevie Wonder, Roy Ayers, and Miles Davis, whilst their second album, Kujo in Dub was a direct tribute to the classic dub sounds of King Tubby and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.
But it is perhaps the band’s finest single, M.I.C which is always the biggest crowd pleaser. It’s driving Tony Allenesque beat and extended soloing from the band’s three piece horn section have never failed to bring the house down.
THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN OUR MAIN SPACE – KOMEDIA DOWNSTAIRS
AGES 14+ (UNDER 16s MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT)