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Sly & Robbie: Can the Riddim Twins Rock the Mainstream?

Alan di Perna, Musician, August 1987

AS SUPPORTING players, they've become as recognizable and popular as comic book superheroes. Is there anyone who isn't familiar with Sly Dunbar's brightly-colored tams and gap-toothed grin, which generally emanates from the center of a huge electronic drum kit? Or Robbie Shakespeare, beefy bard of the bass, whose tastes run to floor-length leather trench coats and who tends to dwarf whichever axe he picks up?

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