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Best Traditional R&B Performance


“Why Can’t We Live Together” is a soul-stirring track that traverses multiple genres seamlessly, was written by Timmy Thomas and formulates an R&B track that features Charles “Buddy” Smith on vocals. 

Inspired by an idea for an ethereal opening that would set the tone and tune and captivate the listener, Slap composed a track that weaves together instrumentation beautifully. He remains motivated to spread the message of peace, acceptance, and harmony. Robert Slap’s philosophy remains simple: that music is made to invoke a visceral and emotional response, altering life’s tapestry of ever-changing emotions.

“I always loved the lyrics to this tune and hoped to record a new version at some point. I don’t usually record cover tunes and focus mainly on instrumental compositions in various genres, but I felt a need to send out this message to the world with this recording,” says Robert Slap about his new release.


Why Can't We Live Together?

(Dance Mix, Full Version)


From Steve Sheppard, One World Music: "Here Robert Slap, gifts us eager listeners with probably one of the most soulful singles of the century thus far, in his rendition of this absolute classic. Utilising the skill sets of Larry Minne on Harmonica, the breath taking Charles “Buddy” Smith and Audra Kubat on vocals, Slaps “Why Can't We Live Together?” is a true cry to the nations, in the most soulful of ways possible, and at a time when the world needs it now more than ever before."


Award winning composer, arranger, engineer and producer, Robert Slap is a native of Detroit, Michigan. His music spans a wide spectrum of styles that include R&B, Rock, Soul/Funk, Jazz, New Age, Latin, World, and Film music.

In 1982 Robert joined Valley of the Sun Publishing in Malibu, CA. working as music director and producer for the label for 10 years. It was during this time Slap expanded his vision of music and tonalities, and mastering the craft of recording and producing records. He has over 100 album credits with various artists . Slap’s music has been featured on radio, broadcast TV shows, movie soundtrack/trailers, videos and documentaries. Currently, Robert writes and licenses his music through GMP Music Library, Bongo Boy Records and the NUMERO GROUP, currently releasing a retrospective of his recording catalog from 1983 -1996. He is a current voting member of NARAS and continues to search for new artists and music to explore with. His current release, "Why can't we live together?" was recognized by the Intercontinental Music Awards by receiving the Best Music Production Award in July 2022.

His philosophy is, "Music is made to generate emotional response; life is a tapestry of ever-changing moods, colors, textures, and emotion. It reflects life and touches our souls' strings, pulling feelings out with passion into the open. It is the only medium through which I can truly express my innermost feelings."

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