African Brothers (2)

African Brothers (2)

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The African Brothers were formed in 1969 by three Kingston teenagers, Lincoln "Sugar" Minott, Winston "Tony Tuff" Morris, and Derrick "Bubbles" Howard. The three met when Howard went to play ball and came upon Minott singing along to the guitar accompaniment of Morris. The three became fast friends, constant companions, and musical co-conspirators. Influenced by harmony trios such as the Abyssinians, the Heptones, and the Gaylads, the three friends worked assiduously at learning to sing and arrange harmonies like those esteemed groups. As the three youths were very conscious of their roots, and were like brothers to each other, they came up with the name African Brothers.

When the group began, Tony Tuff was the most accomplished musician and writer of the three, so he was often the one to come up with the basic foundations of their songs. Sugar and Bubbles contributed harmonies and ideas for arrangements, and the more the group rehearsed together, the tighter they became. It didn't take long for them to begin attracting interest from local record producers in Kingston, including Rupie Edwards, for whom they voiced their first single "Mystery Of Nature" in 1970. Soon they were also recording for the likes of Clement "Coxsone" Dodd and Winston "Merritone" Blake, as well as Micron Music, for whom they recorded their hits "Righteous Kingdom" and "Lead Us Father."

The African Brothers were also working with many of the most accomplished musicians in Kingston, such as Aston and Carlton Barrett, Sly and Robbie, and the Soul Syndicate band, and they gained a following as one of the top singing groups around. Their hits "Party Night" and "Hold Tight" regularly mashed up the dance all over the island. By the early to mid seventies, the group decided to pool their monies and start producing records for themselves. From this fertile period comes some of their best work. "Torturing," "Want Some Freedom," and "Practice What You Preach" are all good examples of how the young men had developed as singers, writers, producers, and arrangers, and the songs' themes reflect their independence as well. While many producers in Jamaica made offers to them to record full-length albums, they never felt that they were getting a square deal, so they turned them down.

By the end of the decade, each of the three had decided to pursue solo work, and the African Brothers stopped recording together. Sugar Minott went on to become one of the most beloved singers in reggae history, with hits like "Oh Mr. DC," "Never Gonna Give Jah Up," and "Herbsman Hustling" running the dance every time the DJ gives them a spin. Tony Tuff, while less prolific, continued to release quality music from both the UK and JA, and had big hits in yard with "Water Pumpee" and "Mix Me Down."
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African Brothers (2) Discography

Albums

ES-1009 African Brothers (2) Want Some Freedom (Album, Comp) Easy Star Records ES-1009 US 2001 Sell This Version
DGPR 81887 African Brothers (2) Mysterious Nature (Album) Zenah Music, Discograph DGPR 81887 France 2004 Sell This Version
NSD-116 African Brothers (2) Meet King Tubby African Brothers (2) Meet King Tubby - In Dub (Album) Nature Sounds NSD-116 US 2005 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none African Brothers (2) How Long(7", Single) Ital (3) none Jamaica 1973 Sell This Version
none African Brothers (2) Lead Us Father Ital (3) none Jamaica 1974 Sell This Version
472 African Brothers (2) & Soul Syndicate* African Brothers (2) & Soul Syndicate* - A Still Tongue Wild Flower 472 Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
DT. 005 African Bros.* Torturing Del Tot DT. 005 Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
MEL 024 African Bros.* Want Some Freedom (Single) Deltot MEL 024 Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
none African Brothers (2) Practice What You Preach Top Ten Records (3) none Jamaica 1976 Sell This Version
DT 001 African Bros.* One Big Family(7") Tony Tuff Records DT 001 Jamaica 1977 Sell This Version
none African Brothers (2) Righteous Kingdom Micron Music Limited none Jamaica 1979 Sell This Version
AB 72702 The African Brothers* Hold Tight / Tight Dub (Single) Demon Records (4) AB 72702 US 2010 Sell This Version
UT 02 African Brothers (2) Showcase(10") Uptempo Records UT 02 UK 2010 Sell This Version
EGI HT-004 Original African Brothers, The* Party Night (Single) Love + Inity EGI HT-004 Jamaica 2014 Sell This Version
none The African Brothers* Mysterious Nature (Single) Carifta King none Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
SUCCESS 182 Bob Andy / Rupie Edwards All Stars Featuring Tommy McCook / The African Brothers* Bob Andy / Rupie Edwards All Stars Featuring Tommy McCook / The African Brothers* - How Am I Gonna Live/Bubbling Horn/Mysterious Nature(12", EP) Success (2) SUCCESS 182 UK Unknown Sell This Version
M.D. 00031 The African Brothers* No Cup No Brock(7") Money Disc M.D. 00031 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
none African Brothers (2) Youths Of Today(7") Ital (3) none Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
none African Brothers (2) Just Cant Please The World(7") Jah Lee none Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
none African Brothers (2) Run For Your Life (7") Not On Label none Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
SUCCESS 202 The African Brothers* / Rupie Edwards The African Brothers* / Rupie Edwards - Mystry Of Nature / I'm Gonna Live Some Life(7") Success (2) SUCCESS 202 UK Unknown Sell This Version
BR 0017 African Brothers (2) / Sugar Minott African Brothers (2) / Sugar Minott - Righteous Kingdom / Rock Fort(7", M/Print, Mis) Black Roots BR 0017 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
SRLD 014 Errol Dunkley / Uroy Jnr.* / The African Brothers* Errol Dunkley / Uroy Jnr.* / The African Brothers* - If You Say So / Mystery Of Nature(12") Success Records Ltd. SRLD 014 UK Unknown Sell This Version
none The African Brothers* Behold I Live (7") Graduates none Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
C-219 African Brothers (2) Mysterious Nature(7", Single, Mono) G Clef C-219 Canada Unknown Sell This Version