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Robbie Shakespeare of the dynamic duo “Sly & Robbie” has made his earthly transition

Written by on December 9, 2021

Robbie Shakespeare is one half of Jamaica’s iconic due Sly and Robbie. The legendary bassist made his earthly transition on Wednesday, leaving the music industry in mourning. The 68-year-old had been suffering from kidney problems, including the rejection of a donated organ. He died in Florida, where he had been based for the past few years.

Many artist have crossed paths musically with Robbie Shakespeare as a part of “Sly and Robbie” and their Taxi label. Many of those artist have sparked a massive response to his earthly transition throughout social media, and news outlets around the globe.

From the leader of the great country of Jamaica via Twitter Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM)

From one of the influential members of the Jamaican Government Hon.Olivia Grange @Babsy_grange

This via Twitter came in from the Iconic Reggae label VP Records

Maxi Priest posted this to flashback via his Twitter account (@MaxiPriest)

The Royal Family of Reggae Morgan Heritage had this to say via Twitter @morganheritage

David Rodigan had this to say via Twitter @DavidRodigan


The Jamaican government awarded Robbie Shakespeare the Order of Distinction for his contribution to the development of reggae music. The Musgrave Gold Medal was awarded to him and Dunbar.

Last year, Rolling Stone Magazine honored Jamaican Robbie Shakespeare by naming him (#17) one of the 50 Greatest Bassists of All Time.

As a part of Sly and Robbie, Shakespeare worked with various reggae artists 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. He was a part of the session groups The Revolutionaries and The Aggrovators before joining Sly and Robbie.

On behalf of everyone responsible for Reggae Vibe Media we send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Robert Warren Dale Shakespeare.

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