Find out more about the greatest Jamaicans, 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

Usain BoltUsain Bolt
(Olympic athlete)

21 August 1986

Grace JonesGrace Jones

19 May 1948

Sean PaulSean Paul
(Jamaican hip-hop artist)

09 January 1973

Marcus Mosiah Garvey JrMarcus Garvey
(Political leader)

17 August 1887

Ziggy MarleyZiggy Marley

17 October 1968

Sean KingstonSean Kingston
(Singer-songwriter)

03 February 1990

Vybz KartelVybz Kartel
(Songwriter)

07 January 1976

Rita MarleyRita Marley
(Singer)

25 July 1946

Peter ToshPeter Tosh
(Reggae Musician)

19 October 1944

Lee Boyd MalvoLee Boyd Malvo
(Serial killer)

18 February 1985

Cindy BreakspeareCindy Breakspeare
(Miss World 1976)

24 October 1954

Buju BantonBuju Banton
(Jamaican musician)

15 July 1973

Trevor BerbickTrevor Berbick
(Boxer)

01 August 1954

Claude McKayClaude McKay
(Writer)

15 September 1889

Keyshia Ka'oirKeyshia Ka'oir
(Entrepreneur)

10 January 1985

OMIOMI
(Singer)

03 September 1986

Damian MarleyDamian Marley
(Singer)

21 July 1978

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

31 July 1984

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

01 April 1948

Yohan BlakeYohan Blake
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)

26 December 1989

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

26 February 1976

YellowmanYellowman
(Singer, Songwriter)

15 January 1956

Liz MitchellLiz Mitchell
(Singer)

12 July 1952

Stamford RafflesStamford Raffles
(Governor-General)

06 July 1781

Shabba RanksShabba Ranks
(Musician, Singer)

17 January 1966

Beenie ManBeenie Man
(Singer)

22 August 1973

Bunny WailerBunny Wailer
(Singer, Percussionist, Songwriter)

10 April 1947

Marcia BarrettMarcia Barrett
(Singer)

14 October 1948

Willy WilliamWilly William

Wes MorganWes Morgan
(Association football player)

21 January 1984

Andrew HolnessAndrew Holness
(Politician)

22 July 1972

Tessanne ChinTessanne Chin
(singer)

23 September 1985

Courtney WalshCourtney Walsh
(Cricketer)

30 October 1962

Gregory IsaacsGregory Isaacs
(Singer)

15 July 1951

Desmond DekkerDesmond Dekker
(Singer-songwriter)

16 July 1941

Asafa PowellAsafa Powell
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)

23 November 1982

Barrington LevyBarrington Levy
(Musician, Singer, Songwriter)

30 April 1964

Ini KamozeIni Kamoze
(Singer)

09 October 1957

Bilal PhilipsBilal Philips
(teacher, writer)

07 January 1947

Michael ManleyMichael Manley
(Politician)

10 December 1924

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

27 December 1986

Sister NancySister Nancy
(Singer)

02 January 1962

Super CatSuper Cat
(Singer, Disc jockey)

25 June 1963

SizzlaSizzla
(Singer)

17 April 1976

Bounty KillerBounty Killer
(Singer)

12 June 1972

Jah CureJah Cure
(Singer)

11 October 1978

Steve BucknorSteve Bucknor
(Cricket umpire, Association football referee)

31 May 1946

Ricardo FullerRicardo Fuller
(Association football player)

31 October 1979

Prince BusterPrince Buster
(Singer, Record producer, Composer)

24 May 1938

Beres HammondBeres Hammond
(Musician)

28 August 1955

AlborosieAlborosie
(Musician, Singer)

04 July 1977

Toots HibbertToots Hibbert
(singer)

08 December 1942

Mr. VegasMr. Vegas
(Singer)

29 December 1974

Merlene OtteyMerlene Ottey
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)

10 May 1960

Lady SawLady Saw
(Singer, Songwriter)

12 July 1972

Portia Simpson-MillerPortia Simpson-Miller
(Politician)

12 December 1945

Garnett SilkGarnett Silk
(Musician)

02 April 1966

Busy SignalBusy Signal
(singer)

24 January 1982

Leonard HowellLeonard Howell

16 June 1898

Alexander BustamanteAlexander Bustamante
(Politician)

24 February 1884

Darren MattocksDarren Mattocks
(Association football player)

02 September 1990

Aston BarrettAston Barrett
(Bassist, Guitarist)

22 November 1946

Veronica Campbell-BrownVeronica Campbell-Brown
(Sprinter)

15 May 1982

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

21 June 1954

GyptianGyptian
(Singer)

25 October 1983

Dawn PennDawn Penn
(singer)

1952 AD

Precious WilsonPrecious Wilson
(Singer)

18 October 1957

Alton EllisAlton Ellis
(Singer)

01 September 1938

Max RomeoMax Romeo
(Composer, Singer)

22 November 1947

Ken BootheKen Boothe
(Singer, Songwriter)

22 March 1948

Sly DunbarSly Dunbar
(Musician)

10 May 1952

Tami ChynnTami Chynn
(Singer)

14 June 1984

Samardo SamuelsSamardo Samuels
(Basketball player)

09 January 1989

Coxsone DoddCoxsone Dodd
(Record producer, Composer)

26 January 1932