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Robert “Dubwise” Browne

By February 26, 2015Magazine
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Robert “Dubwise” Browne comes by his talent honestly—he hails from one of Jamaica’s most prestigious musical families. His father, renowned bassist/producer Glen Browne, head of Island Treasure Records, has worked with everyone from Ziggy Marley to Jazz greats Monty Alexander and Delfeayo Marsalis and is currently touring with Tarrus Riley. His twin brother, bassist Richard “Shams” Browne has produced some of dancehall’s hottest riddims. His uncle, producer Cleveland “Clevie” Browne was a member of the famed classic dancehall duo Steely and Clevie. Uncle Dalton Browne has was influential in launching the Big Ship label with reggae great Freddie McGregor.

Throughout his illustrious career, Robert “Dubwise” Browne has had the opportunity to tour the world, including opening for the Rolling Stones with Shaggy. He performed a solo set with his own band at Reggae Sunsplash 2006 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. He has also toured and recorded with NBC’s “The Voice” season five winner Tessanne Chin, Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff, Toots Hibbert, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Morgan Heritage, Monty Alexander, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Julian Marley, Heather Headley, Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley, Sly & Robbie and more. In 1998, Browne made history by playing on Lauryn Hill’s icon-ic album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” which went on to win several Grammy awards including Album of the Year.

Robert ‘Dubwise’ Browne is undoubtedly one of Jamaica’s most prolific guitarists, whose signature look coupled with a musical style that fuses Jazz with Reggae and Rock has left lasting imprints in studios and on major stages around the world. Influenced by Jimmy Hendrix, Lee Ritenour, and Joe Satriani, Dubz, as he is affectionately known, has carefully mastered his craft over the past 18 years while working as a studio session musician, Producer, and touring musician and he has no intention of slowing down.

No stranger to the recording studio his guitar riffs are featured on Ziggy Marley and the Melody Maker’s album “Free Like We Want 2 Be” (1995), multiple Grammy winner and platinum selling vocalist Lauryn Hill’s “Miseducation” album (1998), a number of Shaggy albums including “Lucky Day (2002), Summer in Kingston ( 2011) and Out of Many One Music 2013 Diana King’s AgirLnaMeKING album (2010), Joseph Hill (Culture), and Burning Spear.

“After working with other artists for most of my career as a musician and experiencing all there is from this perspective, I felt it was time to sing my own song – share what’s inside me through my own music…” says Dubz.

2004 was the first step towards singing his own song when he released his debut solo album – ROBERT DUBWISE: BIRTH on his Dubz House record label. The album featured famed saxophonist Dean Frasier and veteran guitarist Ernest Ranglin. In 2010 he followed up with his sophomore album, ELECTRIFYING GROOVES OF DiVERSION. Both albums are currently available on iTunes and all major online music platforms. Today, Dubz is off the tour bus and back in the studio ready to focus on pursuing his solo musical career.

In pursuit of his dream, Dubz has delivered awe-inspiring live performances at Jamaica Jazz & Blues, Reggae Sunsplash, The Blue Note Jazz Club – Tokyo, Japan, and “Jammin In Jamaica” a smooth Jazz event held at the Ritz Carlton Montego Bay.

After touring and recording with Grammy winning reg-gae/dancehall artist Shaggy since 1998, acclaimed guitarist Robert “Dubwise” Browne has decided to leave the band to put all of his energies into pursuing his solo career as an instrumentalist.

Browne’s new project, “Groovy Love Thing,” is scheduled to be released independently in January of 2015. “Groovy Love Thing” will be distributed by Zojak Worldwide digitally, and Browne is currently in discussions regarding distribution of physical copies of the CD.

“Although I’ve released two albums since working with Shaggy, I figured that this was the necessary step I had to take now towards being committed to my own mu-sic and career,” said Browne. “Shaggy & Valley Touring, Ltd, (his touring company) are disappointed with my decision but they gave me their blessing and said if I should ever want to return, my position as guitar player in his band will be
available.”

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