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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,[2] Shakespeare is also known for his creative use of electronics and production effects.[1]

Robbie Shakespeare
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Shakespeare performing at TFF Rudolstadt in 2015
Background information
Birth nameRobert Shakespeare
Born (1953-09-27) 27 September 1953 (age 65)
Kingston, Jamaica
  • Musician
  • record producer
  • Bass guitar
  • vocals
Associated acts

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, Serge Gainsbourg and Grace Jones.[1][3] Prior to his involvement in Sly and Robbie, he was a member of the session groups The Revolutionaries and The Aggrovators.[4][5]



Selected discographyEdit

Sly and Robbie albumsEdit

Other production workEdit

Appearances in mediaEdit

Shakespeare appeared in the 2011 documentary "Reggae Got Soul: The Story of Toots and the Maytals" which was featured on BBC and described as "The untold story of one of the most influential artists ever to come out of Jamaica".[11][12] Both Robbie and Sly were featured in the recording sessions of the album Hurricane by Grace Jones, in the documentary "Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami", by Sophie Fiennes.


  1. ^ a b c Harris, Craig. "Robbie Shakespeare". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  2. ^ "The 100 Greatest Bass Players of All Time". Bassplayer. February 2017.
  3. ^ Greene, Jo-Anne. "Sly & Robbie". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  4. ^ Snowden, Don. "The Revolutionaries". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  5. ^ "The Agrrovators". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Bassplayer".
  7. ^ a b c d Taylor, Angus (26 June 2012). "Interview: Robbie Shakespeare". United Reggae: Online Reggae Magazine. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  8. ^ Katz, David (1 June 2016). "Reggae Superheroes Sly and Robbie made 200,000 songs – These are their 16 greatest". FACT: Music News, New Music.
  9. ^ "Markbass SA 450". Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Markbass TA 503". Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Toots and the Maytals: Reggae Got Soul". BBC Four (documentary). Directed by George Scott. UK. 2011. 59 min. Retrieved 15 Dec. 2016. <>
  12. ^ Tootsandthemaytals. "Toots & The Maytals - Reggae Got Soul - Documentary Trailer." YouTube. YouTube, 15 Aug. 2013. Web. 15 Dec. 2016. <>

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