Minister Grange announces plan for Robbie Shakespeare’s farewell

Kingston, 29 January 2022 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced that the public will be able to participate in the farewell to the late Reggae musician and record producer, Robbie Shakespeare of Sly and Robbie fame.

Minister Grange, who is handling the arrangements in collaboration with the Shakespeare family, said the public will be able to view the body of the late bassist on Sunday, February 6, 2022, at the National Indoor Sports Centre.

The body will be available for viewing from midday to 3 pm. Condolence books will also be opened at the Centre.

“We know that members of the public have been waiting for a chance to say goodbye to Robbie, who — along with Sly — has contributed so much to our music. As we are still operating under covid conditions, we cannot host a big event. But we think this is an appropriate way to allow our people to express their appreciation for this talented musician while observing the necessary health and safety protocols,” said Minister Grange.

The funeral service and interment will be attended by close family and friends and will not be open to the general public. However, arrangements will be made for live streaming of the service on Monday, February 7, 2022, on social media and PBCJ.