from Kingston, Jamaica
September 27, 1953 (age 67)
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 Minnott, 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. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
Robbie Shakespeare - March 7, 2017
Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare - Rub-a-Dub - Live France 2007
17 Reggae Bass lines: Robbie Shakespeare
Robbie Shakespeare in the studio
Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare - Zion In Dub
To Bass Or Not To Bass? An interview with Robbie Shakespeare
BAD Lions Productions & Studio with Familyman & Robbie Shakespeare Live at our studio ...
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