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Sly and Robbie are probably reggae's most prolific and long lasting production team. The rhythm section of drummer Lowell Dunbar (nicknamed Sly after Sly Stone, one of his favorite musicians) and bass guitarist Robert Shakespeare started working together in the mid 1970's, after having established themselves separately on the Jamaican music scene. Reggae is a style of music developed in Jamaica. ... Rhythm section refers to the musicians whose primary jobs in a jazz or popular music band or ensemble is to establish the rhythm of a song or musical piece, often repeated riffs or ostinati. ... A drummer is a musician who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums. ... Lowell Sly Dunbar was born on 10 May 1952, in Kingston, Jamaica. ... Sly Stone, as depicted on the cover of the 1981 greatest hits compilation Sly & the Family Stone Anthology. ... Image:Fender vintage precision bass. ...

Sly and Robbie may well be the most prolific recording artists ever. One staggering estimate is that they have played on or produced some 200,000 songs.[1]

Before joining forces, Sly was drumming for the Skin Flesh and Bones band and Robbie was the bass player for the Aggrovators. They also used to play in clubs (Sly at Tit for Tat and Robbie at Evil People), and used to check each other out. They found out that they had the same ideas about music in general (both are huge fans of Motown, Philly Sound and Country & Western), and Reggae production in particular. They first worked together for the newly created Channel One label and studio, operated by the Hoo Kim brothers. Motown Record Company, L.P., also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label specializing in the musical genres of R&B, pop, soul music, and hip-hop music. ...

They changed the face of Reggae several times: in 1976, they introduced a harder beat called "Rockers", which quickly replaced the then prevalent "One drop" style, then introduced the "rub a dub" sound in the early 1980's. Sly and Robbie were important in developing the trend towards computer assisted music and programmming in the mid 1980's. A computer is a device or machine for processing information according to a program — a compiled list of instructions. ...

Also in the early 1980's they introduced a novel sound with the mega hit "Bam Bam and Murder She Wrote" by Chaka Demus & Pliers. Chaka Demus' rough DJ vocals were matched with Pliers' sweet, melodic, soul-influenced singing; this unusal vocal pairing was championed by Sly and Robbie. This formula has since been used with great success by the likes of Shaggy (who teamed up with singers Rayvon or Rik Rok), Shabba Ranks, Maxi Priest and others. This predates and may have influenced the recent trend in some rap music where a song's "hook" or chorus is sung by a guest, while the verses are rapped. Shaggy (born October 22, 1968 in Kingston, Jamaica as Orville Richard Burrell) is a Jamaican reggae artist and takes his nickname from Scooby-Doos companion. ... Rayvon, real name Bruce Brewster, is a tenor reggae singer known for his work with Shaggy. ... Rik Rok is a record producer who has worked on various rap singles like 2002s I Know What You Want Categories: Mariah Carey Related Articles Stubs ... Shabba Ranks was the (internationally) most popular dancehall artist before Shaggy. ... Maxi Priest, born Max Elliott on June 10, 1962, is a reggae singer from England. ... Hip hop music is a style of popular music. ...

In the "Bam Bam" style, Sly introduced Indian tabla sounds in his drum beats, while Robbie altogether stopped playing bass, using keyboards instead. The tabla is a widely popular Indian percussion instrument used in the classical, popular and religious music of the northern Indian subcontinent. ...

In 2003 they released a DJ mix album, Late Night Tales: Sly & Robbie, as part of the Late Night Tales series for Azuli Records. ... Azuli Records is a record label. ...

Sly & Robbie continue to innovate during the 90's and early 2000's, fusing Dancehall and Latin music sounds (La Trenggae) or Dancehall and Hip Hop/R&B (their 2004 Big Up riddim). Latin American music, or the music of Latin America, is sometimes called Latin music. ... Hip hop is a cultural movement that began amongst urban African American youth in New York and has since spread around the world. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ...

Far from restricting themselves to the Jamaican scene, (in which they have played for virtually every prominent Jamaican musical artist from Beenie Man to Sean Paul to Peter Tosh, Black Uhuru, Gregory Isaacs Dennis Brown and others), they have been one of pop music's most famous rhythm section, playing for and producing superstars such as Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones, Grace Jones, Joan Armatrading, Gilberto Gil, Joe Cocker, Serge Gainsbourg, Simply Red, Michael Franti, Sting, Khaled, Tricky, Doug E. Fresh, Carlos Santana and many more. Beenie Man (born Moses Davis August 22, 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica), is one of the most famous DJs in Jamaica. ... Sean Paul accepting a Grammy Award in 2004. ... Peter Tosh (October 9, 1944 – September 11, 1987) was a pioneer reggae musician. ... Black Uhuru is a Jamaican reggae band probably best known for their hits Shine Eye Gal, Guess Whos Coming to Dinner, Sinsemilla, Solidarity, and What Is Life?. They were the first group to win a Grammy in the reggae category when it was introduced in 1985. ... Gregory Isaacs is a Reggae singer, born on 15 July 1951 in Denham Town, Kingston, Jamaica. ... Dennis Emmanuel Brown (February 1, 1957 – July 1, 1999) was a Jamaican reggae singer, who pioneered the Lovers Rock style of reggae, and was famous for the single Money In My Pocket. ... Portrait photograph by Daniel Kramer Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman May 24, 1941) is a highly influential American singer-songwriter, musician, and poet. ... Mick Jagger, seen here on Box of Pin Ups, 1964. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Grace Jones (b. ... Joan Armatrading (born in the West Indies December 9, 1950) and raised in Birmingham, England is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. ... The minister sets the rhythm for Brazils culture policy Gilberto Gil (born June 26, 1942) is a Brazilian singer, guitarist and songwriter, and the countrys current Minister of Culture. ... Joe Cocker Joe Cocker (born John Robert Cocker, May 20, 1944) is a pop music singer. ... Serge Gainsbourg Serge Gainsbourg, born Lucien Ginzburg, (April 2, 1928 – March 2, 1991) was a poet, singer-songwriter, actor and director. ... Brussels December 22nd 2003 Simply Red is a British band currently composed of Mick Hucknall (lead singer) and various backing musicians. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Sting can mean: In biology a sting is the part of a number of animals, such as wasps, bees and scorpions, that delivers a poison when used to pierce the skin of another animal. ... Khaled [خالد] (also seen as Khalid in English) is a male, Arabic name which literally translates to eternal or immortal. Some people named Khaled include: Amr Khaled, Islamic preacher. ... Adrian Thaws: AKA - Tricky Adrian Thaws (born January 27, 1968), better known as Tricky, is an English rapper and musician important in the trip hop and British music scene (despite loathing the trip hop tag). ... Doug E. Fresh (born Doug E. Davis in 1966) is an African-American rapper, record producer, and beatboxer, one of the most popular performers of the old school hip hop era. ... Carlos Santana in concert, Barcelona 2003 Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947 in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico) is a Mexican–American Grammy Award-winning musician and Latin-rock guitarist. ...

After 30 years together, they still tour relentlessly. Their last US tour was with Tony Rebel and Half Pint.

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Sly and Robbie may well be the most prolific recording artists ever.
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Sly and Robbie were an integral element of Toots Hibbert's Toots in Memphis album and co-produced with Bunny Wailer Marcia Griffith's "Fever" single.
But their attention was not focused exclusively on Jamaicans, and over the years, Sly and Robbie have consistently worked with artists far removed from the reggae scene.
The Punishers, Mambo Taxi, Babylon I Rebel, Reggae Dancehall, Friends, and Present Taxi Christmas were all released between 1996 and 1998, as Sly and Robbie took on movie and TV themes, dub, and dancehall, brought their mates into the studio, and celebrated Christmas to boot.
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