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Subject: Robbie Shakespeare, influential Sly and Robbie bassist, dies aged 68

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/09/21 at 8:09 am

Influential Jamaican reggae artist Robbie Shakespeare - one half of the duo Sly and Robbie - has died aged 68.

He died in Florida where he had recently been in hospital for kidney surgery, the Jamaica Gleaner reports.

The prolific bassist and music producer is credited with revolutionising the sound of reggae and dancehall music.

Jamaica's Culture Minister Olivia Grange announced his death and said Shakespeare was one of the country's great musicians.

" took bass playing and drumming to the highest level as they made music for themselves as a group, and for many other artistes locally and internationally," she said in a statement.

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