September 23, 2023


Art Is Experience

‘I am in the presence of greatness,’ PM Holness tells Sly at Robbie Shakespeare’s viewing | Entertainment

Primary Minister Andrew Holness, Minister of Society Olivia Grange, relatives customers, songs sector players and very well-wishers all turned out on Sunday to perspective the system of internationally renowned bass participant Robbie Shakespeare at the Nationwide Indoor Sporting activities Centre in Kingston and sign the condolence guide.

With cameras flashing from the moment they entered, the govt officers produced their way to the golden casket to watch Shakespeare’s overall body, then created a prevent to discuss with Sly Dunbar, the remaining half of the legendary Riddim Twins, Sly and Robbie.

“Listen, I am in the presence of greatness,” Primary Minister Andrew Holness declared as the famous Sly Dunbar stood to just take images with him. “Good to ultimately fulfill you in individual,” he extra, as he chatted a little bit with the Grammy Award-winning drummer and producer.

With some of the 1000’s of music on which Shakespeare performed booming in the history, it was not hard to emphasis on celebrating the lifestyle of this musical genius. From Beenie Man supplying ‘shout-outs’ to the Riddim Twins in FoundationA Selassie I send out dem, properly/’Cause music a fi participate in dem, yeah/Mr. Robbie him a bass dem, perfectly/Taxi Gang arrive explain to dem – to Maxi Priest’s Wild World and Innocent Kru’s Extremely hard Train, the ambiance was festive, even with the COVID-19 protocols in put.


But there were being tears, too. The more mature brother of Robbie Shakespeare cried overtly as he seemed at his sibling in the casket and signed the condolence e book. Shakespeare’s widow, Marian, put on a courageous experience, and so as well did fellow ‘Fortis’, producer Gussie Clarke, who confirmed up to honour Robbie sporting the tie of their shared alma mater, Kingston College. 1 Pop engineer Rorey Baker managed to hold it jointly.

“Today, I can say farewell to a father, a mate, a colleague, a enterprise associate, a motivational speaker and a guidance counsellor. The classes I have learnt by remaining around them is a little something that I will pass on to my little ones and grandchildren. I do not want to get far too emotional. Let us just seh him do him work and him gone depart we, and we very pleased ah what him left we fi recognise and fi dwell offa and to cherish,” Baker instructed The Gleaner.

Devonte of the group Tanto Metro and Devonte observed that “Robbie has played a quite significant job in the professions of most of us. He and Sly had been on our very first undertaking, ideal up to our fifth album. He has performed an intricate part on what we do as artistes and musicians, and it is just an honour to know him as a great person, and it is a privilege to be listed here nowadays.”

The thanksgiving services for the life of Robbie Shakespeare will be held nowadays at the Webster Memorial United Church in St Andrew. The support will not be open to the general public on the other hand, it can be seen on social media and on PBCJ.

Minister Grange will do the remembrance and Sly Dunbar will guide a musical tribute, with arrangement by Dean Fraser. There will also be performances by Chevelle Franklyn and Pam Corridor.

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