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On Twins: Omar Lye-fook MBE, Soul Legend

As it happens, I know quite a few people in the music business who've got twins. So I thought I'd start an occasional series on here talking to them about their experiences of bringing up twins.

First up is UK Soul LEGEND Omar Lye-fook, who is probably best known for his debut hit record 'There's Nothing Like This' (watch the video and you'll have that killer bass line going around in your head for ages). Omar has released 8 albums, with the 9th on the way, has collaborated with Stevie Wonder and was one of the 'Artists For Grenfell' performing on the Number 1 charity record of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' in aid of the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster. He was awarded an MBE in 2012.

I've known Omar since we were about 10; both percussionists from Kent, we used to play drums in jazz workshops together and later were fellow members of the Kent Youth Orchestra and the Kent Youth Percussion Ensemble. He was always prodigiously talented; a natural musician who could do anything. It was no surprise at all when he went on to have hit records.

Omar has twin daughters, Gabrielle and Carmen, who are 13 years old. So I chatted to him about how he's found fatherhood with twins!

HUGE thanks to Omar for doing this. See all things Omar on his website where you can also listen to and buy all his albums.

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