One final tour for Robbie Shakespeare
The recording studio was the place where bassist extraordinaire, Robbie Shakespeare, lived. Therefore it is only fitting that today, the day before he is laid to rest, his body took a final tour of the place he felt at home — the studios.
Four studios in Kingston opened their doors to pay homage to a man who has played on thousands of songs during his lifetime, numerous of them award-winning works. The grand studio tour started on Red Hills Road, a place of many treasured memories for the acclaimed Riddim Twins Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. Not only is their last album titled Red Hills Road, but it is also the place where they first met. It was the hotbed of music during the '60s and '70s, a strip with several clubs dotted along and which featured live bands. It was Evil People and Tit For Tat on Red Hills Road where Sly and Robbie met and decided to form their now legendary act.
Their One Pop Recording Studio is located on Red Hills Road, and it is there that Robbie Shakespeare's body made its first stop.
The motorcade then travelled to Westminster Road, where it made the second studio stop at Harmony House, the studio owned by legendary singer, Beres Hammond. The entourage then made its way to the Roy Francis-owned Mixing Lab Recording Studio on Dumbarton Avenue.
From Mixing Lab, it was on to Anchor Recording on 7 Windsor Ave, owned by legendary producer, Gussie Clarke.
The next stop was the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston for a public viewing, which got its start at midday and ends at 3 p.m.
Condolence books have been opened at the centre.
Members of the public attending the viewing must observe the COVID-19 protocols, including mask-wearing, hand sanitising and physical distancing.