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RIP ROBBIE

Posted by Ras_Adam 
RIP ROBBIE
December 08, 2021 09:37PM
Hon. Olivia "Babsy" Grange wrote:
I am in shock and sorrow after just receiving the news that my friend and brother, the legendary basist Robbie Shakespeare has died.
Robbie and Sly Dunbar, the drummer, as Sly and Robbie, have been among Jamaica's greatest musicians.
This fantastic team took bass playing and drumming to the highest level as they made music for themselves as a group and for many other artistes locally and internationally.
Robbie's loss will be severely felt by the industry at home and abroad. My condolences to those he leaves behind.
Love you, Robbie.
Rest in peace.
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Fabrizio Laganà wrote:

Today is another tragic sad day because the historical jamaican legend like the bassist ROBBIE SHAKESPEARE is passed away today,
Its a like a lighting & thunder this tragic new from MIami Florida.
My very deep condolences to his family, Sly Dunbar and all artists & musicians that loved him eternally.
I was lucky to meet him in Rome July 1985 and other times.
With their own albums, they set the standard for scaled-down, bass and drum dubbing.
A veteran of such session bands as Bunny Lee's Aggrovators, Shakespeare first collaborated with Dunbar as members of Channel One Studio house band, the Revolutionaries. Deciding to try their luck as a duo, in 1974 they formed an independent production company and record label, Taxi Records. Their first production, "Soon Forward" by Gregory Isaacs, was a major hit and set them off on a path of success that has yet to abate.
When it comes to reggae bass playing, no one comes close to having the influence of Robbie Shakespeare. As one half of the Riddim Twins, a studio duo that he shares with drummer Sly Dunbar, Shakespeare has played on a very long list of albums.
In addition to recording and/or producing albums for reggae artists including U Roy, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Culture, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff, Mighty Diamonds, Sugar Minott, Pablo Moses, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Augustus Pablo, Yellowman, and Black Uhuru, he and Dunbar have supplied their rhythmic and studio expertise to albums by such pop and rock stars as Mick Jagger, Joan Armatrading, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, Cyndi Lauper, Yoko Ono, Grace Jones, and Ian Dury.
With their own albums, they set the standard for scaled-down, bass and drum dubbing. A veteran of such session bands as Bunny Lee's Aggrovators, Shakespeare first collaborated with Dunbar as members of Channel One Studio house band, the Revolutionaries. Deciding to try their luck as a duo, in 1974 they formed an independent production company and record label, Taxi Records. Their first production, "Murder She Wrote" by Chaka Demus and Pliers was a major hit and set them off on a path of success that has yet to abate. Shakespeare has continued to expand the possibilities of his bass playing. Known for his creative use of electronics and production effects, he and Dunbar recorded an electro-reggae album with imaginative DJ Howie.
B. Shakespeare and Dunbar have produced the soundtracks for several films including Club Pardise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Poetic Justice, and the all-time best grossing Jamaican film, Third World Cop.
Shakespeare has continued to expand the possibilities of his bass playing. Known for his creative use of electronics and production effects, he and Dunbar recorded an electro-reggae album with imaginative DJ Howie B. He was awarded several Grammy awards with Black Uhuru and with Sly Dunbar on their solo project "Friends".
Shakespeare and Dunbar have also produced the soundtracks for several films including Club Paradise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Poetic Justice, and the all-time best grossing Jamaican film, Third World Cop.
Never forgotten.
September 27 1953 - December 8 2021

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/09/2021 10:36PM by Ras_Adam.
Re: RIP ROBBIE
December 11, 2021 02:41PM
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JA Observer:
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Re: RIP ROBBIE
December 15, 2021 10:30PM
Very sad to hear this. Rest in power Robbie. He was my idol.
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