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

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

03 February 1990

Vybz KartelVybz Kartel

07 January 1976

Rita MarleyRita Marley

25 July 1946

Chris GayleChris Gayle

21 September 1979

Lee Boyd MalvoLee Boyd Malvo
(Serial killer)

18 February 1985

Peter ToshPeter Tosh
(Reggae Musician)

19 October 1944

Cindy BreakspeareCindy Breakspeare
(Miss World 1976)

24 October 1954

Buju BantonBuju Banton
(Jamaican musician)

15 July 1973

Trevor BerbickTrevor Berbick

01 August 1954

Claude McKayClaude McKay

15 September 1889

Keyshia Ka'oirKeyshia Ka'oir

10 January 1985


03 September 1986

Kasi BennettKasi Bennett
(Usain Bolt's Girlfriend)

07 July 1990

Damian MarleyDamian Marley

21 July 1978

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

31 July 1984

(Singer, Songwriter)

15 January 1956

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

01 April 1948

Liz MitchellLiz Mitchell

12 July 1952

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

26 February 1976

Stamford RafflesStamford Raffles

06 July 1781

Shabba RanksShabba Ranks
(Musician, Singer)

17 January 1966

Marcia BarrettMarcia Barrett

14 October 1948

Willy WilliamWilly William
Wes MorganWes Morgan
(Association football player)

21 January 1984

Yohan BlakeYohan Blake
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)

26 December 1989

Bunny WailerBunny Wailer
(Singer, Percussionist, Songwriter)

10 April 1947

Beenie ManBeenie Man

22 August 1973

Courtney WalshCourtney Walsh

30 October 1962

Gregory IsaacsGregory Isaacs

15 July 1951

Desmond DekkerDesmond Dekker

16 July 1941

Andrew HolnessAndrew Holness

22 July 1972

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

27 December 1986

Asafa PowellAsafa Powell
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)

23 November 1982

Beres HammondBeres Hammond

28 August 1955

Ini KamozeIni Kamoze

09 October 1957

Michael ManleyMichael Manley

10 December 1924

Tessanne ChinTessanne Chin

23 September 1985

Toots HibbertToots Hibbert

08 December 1942

Super CatSuper Cat
(Singer, Disc jockey)

25 June 1963

Barrington LevyBarrington Levy
(Musician, Singer, Songwriter)

30 April 1964

Sister NancySister Nancy

02 January 1962


17 April 1976

(Musician, Singer)

04 July 1977

Bilal PhilipsBilal Philips
(teacher, writer)

07 January 1947

Bounty KillerBounty Killer

12 June 1972

Darren MattocksDarren Mattocks
(Association football player)

02 September 1990

Merlene OtteyMerlene Ottey
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)

10 May 1960

Jah CureJah Cure

11 October 1978

Steve BucknorSteve Bucknor
(Cricket umpire, Association football referee)

31 May 1946

Ricardo FullerRicardo Fuller
(Association football player)

31 October 1979

Mr. VegasMr. Vegas

29 December 1974

Prince BusterPrince Buster
(Singer, Record producer, Composer)

24 May 1938

Busy SignalBusy Signal

24 January 1982

Leonard HowellLeonard Howell

16 June 1898

Alexander BustamanteAlexander Bustamante

24 February 1884

Garnett SilkGarnett Silk

02 April 1966

Portia Simpson-MillerPortia Simpson-Miller

12 December 1945

Veronica Campbell-BrownVeronica Campbell-Brown

15 May 1982

Aston BarrettAston Barrett
(Bassist, Guitarist)

22 November 1946


25 October 1983

Max RomeoMax Romeo
(Composer, Singer)

22 November 1947

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

21 June 1954

Ken BootheKen Boothe
(Singer, Songwriter)

22 March 1948

Dawn PennDawn Penn

1952 AD

Alton EllisAlton Ellis

01 September 1938

Precious WilsonPrecious Wilson

18 October 1957

Tami ChynnTami Chynn

14 June 1984

Sly DunbarSly Dunbar

10 May 1952

Lady SawLady Saw
(Singer, Songwriter)

12 July 1972