Robbie Shakespeare

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Robbie Shakespeare
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Shakespeare performing at TFF Rudolstadt in 2015
Background information
Birth name Robert Shakespeare
Born (1953-09-27) 27 September 1953 (age 63)
Kingston, Jamaica
  • Musician
  • record producer
  • Bass guitar
  • vocals
Associated acts

Robert "Robbie" Shakespeare (born 27 September 1953)[1] is a Jamaican bass guitarist and record producer, best known as the one half of the reggae rhythm section and production duo Sly and Robbie. Regarded as one of the most influential reggae bassists, Shakespeare is also known for his creative use of electronics and production effects.[1]

As a part of Sly and Robbie, Shakespeare worked with various reggae artist such as U-Roy, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Sugar Minott, Augustus Pablo, Yellowman and Black Uhuru. His production work also extended beyond the reggae genre, covering various pop and rock artists such as Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Cyndi Lauper, Joe Cocker, Yoko Ono and Grace Jones.[1][2] Prior to his involvement in Sly and Robbie, he was a member of the session groups The Revolutionaries and The Aggrovators.[3][4]


  • Markbass SA 450[6]
  • Markbass TA 503[7]

Selected discography[edit]

Sly and Robbie albums
Other production work


  1. ^ a b c Harris, Craig. "Robbie Shakespeare". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Greene, Jo-Anne. "Sly & Robbie". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Snowden, Don. "The Revolutionaries". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Agrrovators". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Taylor, Angus (26 June 2012). "Interview: Robbie Shakespeare". United Reggae. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Markbass SA 450". Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Markbass TA 503". Retrieved 14 February 2016. 

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