Robert ‘Dubwise’ Browne has spent the greater part of the past two decades building up a name for himself among Jamaica’s burgeoning music and recording industries, and has indeed cemented a prime position as the go-to guitarist for a slew of notable projects. Such acts include the likes of world famous Jazz pianist Monty Alexander, and the sons of the late reggae icon Bob Marley -- Damian Jnr Gong Marley and Julian Marley. His talents have taken him across the globe, performing for Grammy-winning artists Shaggy and other high profile, chart-topping artists such as Diana King, Joe, Heather Headley, Maxi Priest, Sly & Robbie, Dennis Brown, and Tessanne Chin (Season 5 Winner Of NBC’s ‘The Voice’) to name a few.
At its core, Dubwise’s sound is marked by a trifecta of primary influences that fuse Jazz, Reggae and Rock. With a distinct ability to seamlessly weave in and out of moods, and an ear for incorporating the sum of his influences to any project he touches, Dubwise is sought after for his versatile, yet ‘vibe-forward’ playing style. Often described as the ‘quiet storm’ for his reserved ‘off-stage’ presence yet electrifying performances, Dubwise is one of those rare breeds that truly lives and breathes music. It is these qualities that have led to him gracing studios and stages around the world, and allowed him to flourish as a session musician, touring musician and producer.
“As soon as he touches the stage he transforms into a confident and commanding star - the music takes him over and all that he feels comes out through his fingers and he’s got your attention locked.” - Unknown Author
His guitar riffs are featured prominently on Ziggy Marley & The Melody Maker’s album ‘Free Like We Want 2 Be’ (1995), Grammy-winner and platinum selling vocalist Lauryn Hill’s album ‘Miseducation’ (1998), and a number of Shaggy albums including ‘Lucky Day’ (2002), ‘Summer In Kingston’ (2011), and ‘Out Of Many One Music’ (2013). He has also featured on Diana King’s ‘AgirLnaMeKING’ album (2010), Joseph Hill (Culture) and Burning Spear. More recently, he has played on Sting & Shaggy’s ‘44/876’, which won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album Of 2019.
“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...” - Dubwise
In 2004, Dubwise embarked on completing a personal milestone -- his debut solo album titled ‘ROBERT DUBWISE: BIRTH’, released on his Dubz House record label. The album featured the revered saxophonist Dean Frasier, as well as veteran guitarist Ernest Ranglin. In 2010, he followed up with his sophomore album, ‘ELECTRIFYING GROOVES OF DiVERSION’. In 2015, he released ‘Groovy Love Thing’, which saw extensive radio coverage and airtime, with the single ‘Groovy Little Thing’ receiving a phenomenal amount of plays on XM Radio since its release, and still receiving regular rotation today.
Last year saw the release of two singles ‘You Make Me Stronger’ and a cover of Eric Clapton’s ‘Tears In Heaven’ -- both of which will feature on his forthcoming album ‘Elaine Marie’.
His solo shows have seen him play at arenas and venues across the globe, with live performances at Jamaica Jazz & Blues, Reggae Sunsplash, The Blue Note Jazz Club (Tokyo), and ‘Jammin in Jamaica’, a Smooth Jazz event held at the Ritz Carlton, Montego Bay.