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Riddim Twins Sly and Robbie Get Gold Musgrave Award

Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare receive Gold Musgrave Medals

Renowned producers, Lowell ‘Sly’ Dunbar and Robert ‘Robbie’ Shakespeare, dubbed the ‘riddim twins’ for their collaborative efforts inside the studio and on the stage, will join scholar and novelist Orlando Patterson as the recipients of and the 2015 gold Musgrave Medals. The three headline the list of eight recipients of this year’s medals.

Sly and Robbie are credited to have played on, and/or produced over 200,000 records, and their work with the introduction of computer-based rhythms, the Taxi Riddim and many more have given them a reputation of being game changers in Reggae music. The two are being awarded for their contribution to music. 

Jazz vocalist Myrna Hague is another of this year’s recipients being awarded for her contribution to music. Hague is one of the six recipients of silver Musgrave medals. 

Prof. Patterson is a historical and cultural sociologist. The Harvard lecturer has penned notable sociological texts and novels. His works include the novels  Children of Sisyphus (1965), An Absence of Ruins (1967) as well as  Freedom in the Making of Western Culture (1991) which earned a National Book Award for Nonfiction. Prof. Patterson is being awarded for his contribution to literature.

Poet Dr. Ralph Thompson, recipient of a silver Musgrave, is also being recognized for his contribution to literature. Thompson’s collections of poetry include The View from Mount Diablo and Taking Words for a Walk.

Choreographer Patricia ‘Patsy’ Ricketts, photographer Donnette Ingrid Zacca, architect Errol Charles Alberga Jr. and medical doctor Anthony Vendries are the other recipients of silver Musgrave medals for contribution in their respective fields.

No bronze medals are being awarded this year.

The Musgrave Medals are awarded annually by the Institute of Jamaica since 1889. This year’s award ceremony will take place on Wednesday, October 28, 2105, at the IOJ Lecture Hall.