Sly Dunbar (drums) and Robbie Shakespeare (bass), the arrangers, producers, songwriters, session musicians and developers of raw talent, are widely acknowledged as 'the world's greatest rhythm section'. 'The Riddim Twins' have been together for over 35 years....between them they are estimated to have played on or produced over 200,000 recordings. Their list of collaborators is a veritable who's who - there's every prominent Jamaican artist from Beenie Man to Sean Paul to Peter Tosh, Don Carlos, Michael Rose, Junior Reid, Shaggy, Black Uhuru, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Ini Kamoze; and they have played with and produced artists such as Ben Harper, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones, Grace Jones, Paul McCartney, Carlos Santana, Sinéad O'Connor, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, UB40's Al Campbell, Joe Cocker, No Doubt, The Fugees, Michael Franti and countless others.
Sly and Robbie are perhaps the premiere architects of the modern sound of Jamaican music. Building on the cornerstones of Studio 1 and other early pioneers of the Jamaican recording industry, Sly and Robbie became the driving force behind the fabled Channel 1 sound that dominated reggae throughout the late 70's and early 80's. Subsequent work, most notably with Peter Tosh and Black Uhuru, set the pace for the changing sound of reggae in the post-Bob Marley era.
Sly and Robbie also have an extensive tour history on the world stage. Their group the Taxi Gang includes a horn section and features an ultimate lineup of top Jamaican recording musicians. Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang have recently been top performers on Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Reggae in the Desert and Reggae on the River in the US. They tour North America, Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia and China. When Sly and Robbie and the Taxi Gang perform their music is far outside of the box - jazz Reggae - very courageous and experimental. Theirs is reggae music at its highest heights.
Touring as a singer with Sly & Robbie & the Taxi Gang on this February / March US tour is Bitty McLean. The youngest of six children, Delroy McLean was nicknamed "Bitty" due to his small stature. As a teenager he performed with local sound systems and after studying sound engineering at college, he was employed by UB40 as an engineer and producer, and occasionally also sang with the band.
A much loved talent with an astonishing voice and unnerving ability to pen a pop smash, McLean launched himself into the high end of the British charts. In the early 1990s he had a string of Top Ten hits with cover versions of songs including The Shirelles “Dedicated to the One I Love” (UK No. 6) and Fats Domino’s “It Keeps Rainin” (Tears from My Eyes) (1993), which was his biggest UK hit, peaking at UK No.2.
Born in 1972, Bitty's earliest memories were punctuated with the music he would hear courtesy of his father's sound system, where he started by singing over Jamaican Dub and Instrumental riddims. In 1992, McLean not only co-produced but played and sang on UB40's hugely successful album Promises And Lies which sold 8 million copies. Bitty's own recordings including “It Keeps Rainin”, “Dedicated To The One I Love” and “Here I Stand” notched up 3 UK top-ten singles by 1994 selling over one million records. The subsequent years saw Bitty accrue a fearsome catalogue of top 30 singles and he performed on three UK arena tours supporting UB40.
In 2004, he released the album On Bond Street KGN. JA., which featured his vocals recorded over vintage Tommy McCook and Duke Reid-produced Treasure Isle rhythms from the rocksteady era. He followed up with a major collaboration with the worlds' greatest rhythm section, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. The trio recorded Movin' On, a brand new studio album in Kingston, Jamaica featuring the hits “Real Thing”, “Lately” and “Let Them Talk.” The New York Times hailed it as the best Reggae album of that year.
In 2018, Bitty released the Love Restart album. Produced with Sly & Robbie and Guillaume Bougard, and mastered at Abbey Road, Love Restart came out August 21, 2018 on TABOU1's bandcamp store and was distributed worldwide starting September 2018.Bitty toured Europe with Sly & Robbie in August 2018 to promote the Love Restart album.
Just added to tour: CHERINE ANDERSON!
Cherine Anderson headlined Reggae on the River two years ago with Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths backed by Sly & Robbie.
She is an actress and has starred in two feature films, Dance Hall Queen with Paul Campbell and Audrey Reid and the Rasta/Christian love story, One Love with Kymani Marley. A college graduate, Cherine also speaks Japanese. Cherine, the sexy siren, is intelligent, ambitious and driven. She is part of a new crop of Jamaican female performers who are expanding the frontiers for female entertainers in Jamaican music, where females are sorely underrepresented, by carrying the baton with veterans like Tanya Stephens, Lady Saw, Marcia Griffith, Diana King, Patra, Grace Jones, JC Lodge and Nadine Sutherland.
With several singles currently riding the international airwaves including “Come Over Tonight” with DJ Chuck Fenda and “Good Love”, (Jimmy Riley’s Love and Devotion rhythm) this beauty is set to take the world by storm as one of Jamaica’s great entertainment exports to the world as a singer and actress.
FRI., FEB 8
Fiji + Sly & Robbie / Aladdin Theater / 8pm
SAT., FEB 9
FIJI with SLY & ROBBIE / Nectar Lounge / 7:30pm
Seattle, WA SOLD OUT.
SUN., FEB 10 / Volcanic Theatre Pub / 9pm
Bob Marley B-Day Celebration
WED. FEB 13 / The New Parish / 9pm
THURS., FEB 14 / Humboldt Brews / 10pm
FRI., FEB 15 / Venue: 19 Broadway / 8pm
SAT, FEB 16 / The Siren / 7:30pm
Morro Bay, CA
SUN. FEB 17 –
Tribute to the Reggae Legends Festival, San Diego
WorldBeat Center (Balboa Park)
WED., FEB 20 / 9pm
Dub Club presents at Echoplex
Los Angeles, CA
FRI., FEB 22 / Moe's Alley / 8pm
Santa Cruz, CA
SAT., FEB 23 / 9pm
Longboard Margarita Bar
MON., FEB 25 / 8pm
Salt Lake City, UT
TUES. FEB 26 / 7pm
Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, CO
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