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Sly Dunbar


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Lowell “Sly” Fillmore Dunbar was born on 10 May 1952, in Kingston, Jamaica.

Working together with Robbie Shakespeare, Sly And Robbie are considered one of the world’s premier rhythm sections for their work in & out of reggae. They are considered originators of the “Rockers” rhythm. Dunbar & Shakespeare formed their Taxi label in 1980. It has seen releases from many international successful artists, including Black Uhuru, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Ini Kamoze, Beenie Man and Red Dragon.

He has played for The Aggrovators for Bunny Lee; The Upsetters for Lee Perry, The Revolutionaries for Joseph Hoo Kim… Recorded for Barry O’Hare in the 1990s.

As a member of Word, Sound & Power he backed Peter Tosh on the album Mystic Man.

Sly and Robbie also played on Bob Dylan’s albums Infidels and Empire Burlesque (using recordings from Infidels sessions).


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