Find out more about the greatest Jamaican, including Bob Marley, Usain Bolt, Grace Jones, Sean Paul and Marcus Garvey.

Wonder what is that common thing between Bob Marley, a spicy plat of Jerk Chicken, and rum? Jamaica, that is right! The crown of Caribbean attraction, revered as the “birthplace of reggae”, Jamaica has wooed and wowed the world for more reasons than anyone can fathom. While many love to stereotype the country as a musical powerhouse or foodies paradise, the true-blue Jamaican charm and attraction supersedes its admittedly awesome food, rum, music. You will be surprised to know that the otherwise hedonistic Jamaicans have brainchild some exciting inventions that we bet you had no idea belonged to this far-flung Caribbean land. Don’t quite believe so? Well, then read on. Did you know Jamaicans were the first to create a bio-engineered fruit? Or the first to identify Aedes Aegypti as the cause of dengue? Or they were the first to find a formulaic cure for prostate cancer? Discover all about some of Jamaica’s worthiest sons and daughters of soil in the biographies on famous Jamaicans. Their timeline, trivia, and interesting facts are worth your time and a read!
Bob MarleyBob Marley
(Singer)

06 February 1945

11 May 1981

Nine Mile

Aquarius

Usain BoltUsain Bolt
(Olympic athlete)

21 August 1986

Sherwood Content

Leo

Grace JonesGrace Jones

19 May 1948

Spanish Town

Taurus

Marcus Mosiah Garvey JrMarcus Garvey
(Political leader)

17 August 1887

10 June 1940

Leo

Sean PaulSean Paul
(Jamaican hip-hop artist)

09 January 1973

Capricorn

Sean KingstonSean Kingston
(Singer-songwriter)

03 February 1990

Miami, Florida

Aquarius

Ziggy MarleyZiggy Marley

17 October 1968

Trenchtown, Jamaica

Libra

Vybz KartelVybz Kartel
(Songwriter)

07 January 1976

Kingston

Capricorn

Rita MarleyRita Marley
(Singer)

25 July 1946

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Leo

Lee Boyd MalvoLee Boyd Malvo
(Serial killer)

18 February 1985

Kingston, Jamaica

Aquarius

Peter ToshPeter Tosh
(Reggae Musician)

19 October 1944

11 September 1987

Westmoreland, Jamaica

Libra

Buju BantonBuju Banton
(Jamaican musician)

15 July 1973

Cancer

Cindy BreakspeareCindy Breakspeare
(Miss World 1976)

24 October 1954

Toronto

Scorpio

Trevor BerbickTrevor Berbick
(Boxer)

01 August 1954

28 October 2006

Port Antonio

Leo

Claude McKayClaude McKay
(Writer)

15 September 1889

22 May 1948

Clarendon Parish

Virgo

Keyshia Ka'oirKeyshia Ka'oir
(Entrepreneur)

10 January 1985

Kingston, Jamaica

Capricorn

OMIOMI
(Singer)

03 September 1986

Clarendon

Virgo

Damian MarleyDamian Marley
(Singer)

21 July 1978

Kingston

Cancer

Jimmy CliffJimmy Cliff
(Singer, Actor, Music artist, Artist, Musician)

01 April 1948

Saint James Parish

Aries

YellowmanYellowman
(Singer, Songwriter)

15 January 1956

Kingston

Capricorn

Ky-Mani MarleyKy-Mani Marley
(Actor, Singer, Film actor)

26 February 1976

Falmouth

Pisces

Yohan BlakeYohan Blake
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)

26 December 1989

Saint James Parish

Capricorn

Stamford RafflesStamford Raffles
(Governor-General)

06 July 1781

05 July 1826

Jamaica

Cancer

Uriah HallUriah Hall
(Mixed martial artist, Karateka, Kickboxer)

31 July 1984

Spanish Town

Leo

Shabba RanksShabba Ranks
(Musician, Singer)

17 January 1966

Saint Ann Parish

Capricorn

Liz MitchellLiz Mitchell
(Singer)

12 July 1952

Clarendon Parish

Cancer

Willy WilliamWilly William

Jamaica

Beenie ManBeenie Man
(Singer)

22 August 1973

Kingston

Leo

Bunny WailerBunny Wailer
(Singer, Percussionist, Songwriter)

10 April 1947

Kingston

Aries

Marcia BarrettMarcia Barrett
(Singer)

14 October 1948

Saint Catherine Parish

Libra

Courtney WalshCourtney Walsh
(Cricketer)

30 October 1962

Kingston

Scorpio

Tessanne ChinTessanne Chin
(singer)

23 September 1985

Kingston

Virgo

Wes MorganWes Morgan
(Association football player)

21 January 1984

Nottingham

Aquarius

Andrew HolnessAndrew Holness
(Politician)

22 July 1972

Spanish Town

Cancer

Gregory IsaacsGregory Isaacs
(Singer)

15 July 1951

25 October 2010

Kingston

Cancer

Asafa PowellAsafa Powell
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)

23 November 1982

Spanish Town

Sagittarius

Desmond DekkerDesmond Dekker
(Singer-songwriter)

16 July 1941

25 May 2006

Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica

Cancer

Michael ManleyMichael Manley
(Politician)

10 December 1924

06 March 1997

Saint Andrew

Sagittarius

Shelly-Ann Fraser-PryceShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)

27 December 1986

Kingston

Capricorn

Ini KamozeIni Kamoze
(Singer)

09 October 1957

Saint Mary Parish

Libra

Bilal PhilipsBilal Philips
(teacher, writer)

07 January 1947

Kingston

Capricorn

Super CatSuper Cat
(Singer, Disc jockey)

25 June 1963

Kingston

Cancer

SizzlaSizzla
(Singer)

17 April 1976

Saint Mary Parish

Aries

Sister NancySister Nancy
(Singer)

02 January 1962

Kingston

Capricorn

Steve BucknorSteve Bucknor
(Cricket umpire, Association football referee)

31 May 1946

Montego Bay

Gemini

Bounty KillerBounty Killer
(Singer)

12 June 1972

Kingston

Gemini

Merlene OtteyMerlene Ottey
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)

10 May 1960

Hanover Parish

Taurus

Barrington LevyBarrington Levy
(Musician, Singer, Songwriter)

30 April 1964

Kingston

Taurus

Ricardo FullerRicardo Fuller
(Association football player)

31 October 1979

Kingston

Scorpio

Jah CureJah Cure
(Singer)

11 October 1978

Hanover Parish

Libra

Prince BusterPrince Buster
(Singer, Record producer, Composer)

24 May 1938

08 September 2016

Kingston

Gemini

Alexander BustamanteAlexander Bustamante
(Politician)

24 February 1884

06 August 1977

Hanover Parish

Pisces

Toots HibbertToots Hibbert
(singer)

08 December 1942

May Pen

Sagittarius

AlborosieAlborosie
(Musician, Singer)

04 July 1977

Marsala

Cancer

Beres HammondBeres Hammond
(Musician)

28 August 1955

Saint Mary Parish

Virgo

Garnett SilkGarnett Silk
(Musician)

02 April 1966

09 December 1994

Mandeville

Aries

Portia Simpson-MillerPortia Simpson-Miller
(Politician)

12 December 1945

Wood Hall

Sagittarius

Lady SawLady Saw
(Singer, Songwriter)

12 July 1972

Saint Mary Parish

Cancer

Leonard HowellLeonard Howell

16 June 1898

12 February 1981

Clarendon Parish

Gemini

Aston BarrettAston Barrett
(Bassist, Guitarist)

22 November 1946

Kingston

Scorpio

Mr. VegasMr. Vegas
(Singer)

29 December 1974

Kingston

Capricorn

Busy SignalBusy Signal
(singer)

24 January 1982

Saint Ann Parish

Aquarius

Veronica Campbell-BrownVeronica Campbell-Brown
(Sprinter)

15 May 1982

Trelawny Parish

Taurus

Ken BootheKen Boothe
(Singer, Songwriter)

22 March 1948

Kingston

Aries

GyptianGyptian
(Singer)

25 October 1983

Saint Andrew

Scorpio

Darren MattocksDarren Mattocks
(Association football player)

02 September 1990

Portmore

Virgo

Alton EllisAlton Ellis
(Singer)

01 September 1938

10 October 2008

Kingston

Virgo

Augustus PabloAugustus Pablo
(Musician, Pianist, Record producer, Composer)

21 June 1954

18 May 1999

Saint Andrew

Gemini

Precious WilsonPrecious Wilson
(Singer)

18 October 1957

Spanish Town

Libra

Tami ChynnTami Chynn
(Singer)

14 June 1984

Kingston

Gemini

Bruce GoldingBruce Golding
(Politician)

05 December 1947

Chapelton, Jamaica

Sagittarius

Samardo SamuelsSamardo Samuels
(Basketball player)

09 January 1989

Trelawny Parish

Capricorn

Sly DunbarSly Dunbar
(Musician)

10 May 1952

Kingston

Taurus

Max RomeoMax Romeo
(Composer, Singer)

22 November 1947

Saint James Parish

Scorpio

P. J. PattersonP. J. Patterson
(Politician, Lawyer)

10 April 1935

Hanover Parish

Aries

Coxsone DoddCoxsone Dodd
(Record producer, Composer)

26 January 1932

04 May 2004

Kingston

Aquarius

Dawn PennDawn Penn
(singer)

1952 AD

Kingston

Jackie MittooJackie Mittoo
(Musician, Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Pianist)

03 March 1948

16 December 1990

Kingston

Pisces

Frank WorrellFrank Worrell
(cricketer)

01 August 1924

Saint Michael Parish, Barbados

Leo

Donovan RickettsDonovan Ricketts
(Association football player)

07 June 1977

Montego Bay

Gemini

Rodolph AustinRodolph Austin
(Association football player)

01 June 1985

Clarendon Parish

Gemini