Friday, 9 December 2011


Due to the sudden and awful circumstances that my dear Granddad passed way in there is not much to physically hold or treasure, no artifacts, no reminiscent jumper, no old bongo which he used to play...all gone in ashes to ashes and dust to dust you might say. But no I'm not sad because I have nothing to hold, my Granddad brought me up in such away that I know these "keep sakes" are not as important as the TIME spent.

We lived together for 4 years after my lovely Nana died. I am truly blessed that I had the pleasure of knowing, living with and being loved by such a great grand man. My family and I have the most amazing memories. Gladstone is remembered for: being one of the most photographed granddads due to his striking stature, his musical talents, his position as a leader in the black community (60's-70's+), his teaching as a Rastaman, his generosity and kindest to strangers, and as a brilliant family man - he had been there for me from day one.

Today and always I am thankful for all he taught me and the all the TIME we spent together.


Thursday, 9 December 2010


Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Song Dedication from Ethlin Robinson 2009

A beautiful Song written and performed by Gladstone's very own Granddaughter, Ethlin Rosella Robinson

And a prayer from Nyha, love and miss you Gramps

Friday, 5 June 2009

Gladstone's Pictured in Island Records Exhibition

Gladstone was a percussionist and bongo player for many reggae artist in the early 70's and 80's. He collaborated with many Island record artist such as Aswad, Bob Marley, Chris Blackwell and many others, you know who you are.

Naomi (eldest granddaughter) went to Island Life exhibition recently and was happily surprised to find a Gladstone pictured with a young Aswad band, then she found picture of him in the coffee table book and prints for sale on 50 years of Island records website.

This is just to show that Gladstone's legacy and iconic image is bigger than many will know and his memory and good work will live forever; through our hearts, minds, children, media, art, faith, spirit and words.

Stay blessed and One Love.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Saturday, 13 December 2008

In Loving Memory of Gladstone "Sledge" Robinson

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Gladstone Robinson (Sledge/Glady) came to England from Jamaica in 1958 and lived in Notting Hill. Gladstone was a well known and much loved and respected man in the community.
He passed away in his home from smoke inhalation, due to a house fire. A tragic, sudden death on the 09/12/08.

Glastone's funeral will be on the 20th December 2008 leaving from JH Kenyon, Westbourne Park Road at 9.00am. Service be held at All Saints Church 10.00am and burial at Kensal Rise Cemetery.

A Husband to Adline I. Robinson,
A Brother, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather.
A spiritual teacher and proud, wise, Rastafarian man.
A painter & decorator, percussionist - specializing in Nyha Binghi Bongos drums and a model.
A wise, strong, honourable and humble man
A loved and greatly missed man.