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There are 2 bands with this name:

1.) Turtle Island, a band based in the Japanese automobile city Toyota, plays an up to now unheard mix of rebellious Japanese Tribal Punk and traditional Ohayashi Matsuri (= Japanese Carnival) Music mingled with elements of Ska, Rock, Reggae and World Music. Turtle Island plays a conglomeration of various instruments on stage varying from the standard equipment of drums, guitar, base and saxophone to traditional Japanese and Asian instruments such as taiko (= Japanese drum), bamboo flute, batokin or sitar.

Their music is Japanese to the core, but also so different and revolutionary that the band succeeded to gain cult status not only in the local underground music scene, but also throughout Japan soon after their foundation in 1999. Not to be overlooked the distinctive voice of lead singer and band founder Yoshiki, who perishes at least on set of vocal chord in each concert and whose voice resembles the sound of an electric guitar, especially in contrast to the tender voice of female vocalist and drummer Takemai.
Till 2006, the current line up of Turtle Island became up to 14 musicians, including famous musicians such as Taro the Tornado, drummer of the well known Japanese Fast-Core Band “Nice View”. With 12 male and 2 female musicians the band may even be called orchestra. Turtle Island celebrates each performance with devotion as if it were the only one and last concert, regardless of the consequences.

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