Robbie Shakespeare Death – Cause of Death: ‘Wickedest bass in reggae’ Robbie Shakespeare has passed away.
Jamaican bass guitarist and record producer, best known as one half of the reggae rhythm section and production duo Sly and Robbie, Robbie Shakespeare died following kidney surgery in Florida, on 8 December 2021. He was 68 years old.
The bass is everything in Reggae music and Robbie Shakespeare played his bass guitar like nobody else; he made the beat drop, speaker boxes shook and we rocked.His passing is a tragic loss; his contribution to the genre is immeasurable. RIP Robbie Shakespeare. pic.twitter.com/3JMMtbUrm1
— David Rodigan (@DavidRodigan) December 8, 2021
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.
Prior to his involvement in Sly and Robbie, he was a member of the session groups The Revolutionaries and The Aggrovators.