Interview Date: October 23, 2011 @9am EDT
Sly Dunbar as of right now
They say that Reggae is all about the beat. If that’s the case then Lowell “Sly” Dunbar (and his partner in crime Robbie Shakespeare) are quite possibly, two of the most important people in all the history of Jamaican music. Sly Dunbar has been innovating and altering drum patterns, taking his inspiration and ideas from the world around him, refining and redefining what Jamaican music is and what it is “supposed to” sound like. With over 200 000 recordings (100 Number one hits in Jamaica alone), Dunbar has been and continues to be a person setting down the music foundation for the next generation to follow. He is a man constantly exploring; contributing to some of the Islands most important Reggae albums (and other forms of Jamaican music) as well as artists from around the globe.
Starting professionally at age 15, Sly Dunbar first entered the studio with Ansell Collins; starting off creating “Night Doctor” (for Lee Perry and the Upsetters) and then followed