Sly & Robbie
About Sly & Robbie
Drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare were not only the most renowned rhythm section in reggae, they're among the most celebrated groovemasters of all time. The Kingston pair got together in the mid-'70s when reggae was hitting its stride globally, and quickly became in-demand session players for countless Jamaican artists, including Lee "Scratch" Perry and Peter Tosh. In the '80s, after Sly & Robbie's fame had spread to the U.S. and U.K., they were recruited by Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Grace Jones, and other pop/rock stars. Active well into the 21st century, the duo produced hit singles by No Doubt, released dub albums like 2014's Underwater Dub, and eclectic efforts such as 2020's Red Hills Road, and collaborated with artists ranging from British reggae singer Bitty McLean to Finnish electronic experimentalist Vladislav Delay.