Jamaican

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!

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 1 Bob Marley

Bob Marley.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: February 6, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nine Mile, Jamaica
Died: May 11, 1981

Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer and songwriter who sold 20 million records in his career. He was the first international star to come from the ‘Third World’ and is considered one of the forerunners of reggae. A fusion of reggae, ska and rocksteady was his music’s hallmark. Marley died due to cancer at the age of 36.

 2 Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Olympic athlete
Birthdate: August 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sherwood Content, Jamaica

One of the greatest athletes ever, Usain Bolt is popular by the nickname ‘Lightning Bolt’. He holds the world record for 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay and is the only sprinter to win Olympic 100 m and 200 m titles at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016).

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 3 Grace Jones

Grace Jones.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: May 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Spanish Town

Grace Jones began her career as a model in New York and Paris, popularizing her androgynous style. One of VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, she experimented with disco, punk, reggae, and pop, and contributed to the 1980s’ cross-dressing movement. She later appeared in films such as Vamp.

 4 Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: August 17, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: June 10, 1940
Marcus Garvey is remembered as an iconic Black separatist leader who believed that all African-origin people in Europe and America should go back to Africa. He established the Universal Negro Improvement Association, but his activism was not accepted by civil rights activists, who believed in racial integration and not segregation.

 5 Sean Paul

Sean Paul.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Jamaican hip-hop artist
Birthdate: January 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Sean Paul is a Jamaican recording artist and producer, widely considered one of dancehall's most prolific artists. He is best known for his singles, Temperature and Get Busy. Most of his albums have received Grammy nominations under the Best Reggae Album category.

 6 Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: September 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston

Known as the most capped West Indian player in international cricket, Chris Gayle is also the only player with a triple hundred in Tests, a double century in ODIs, and a century in T20Is. Breaking Brian Lara's record of 10,348 runs, he became the leading West Indian ODI run-scorer.

 7 Don Shirley

Don Shirley
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 29, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, USA
Died: April 6, 2013
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 8 Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley.
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Trenchtown, Jamaica
Jamaican musician Ziggy Marley, son of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley and Rita Marley, is known for leading the band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. He is also an avid philanthropist and has worked with charities such as Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment and Little Kids Rock.

 9 Sean Kingston

Sean Kingston.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida
Jamaican-American singer and rapper Kisean Paul Anderson, better known as “Sean Kingston,” is best known for his chart-topping tracks Beautiful Girls and Eenie Meenie. He has campaigned for PETA and the non-profit Do Something. He launched the Professional Rapper Boxing League in 2020 and guest-starred in Black Dynamite.

 10 Dillian Whyte

Dillian Whyte
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: April 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port Antonio, Jamaica

 11 Damian Marley

Damian Marley
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingston

 12 Vybz Kartel

Vybz Kartel.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: January 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston

Jamaican reggae/dancehall musician Vybz Kartel, also known as Worl' Boss, soared to fame with hits such as Romping Shop and Summer Time. In 2014, he was convicted of the murder of his associate Clive "Lizard" Williams and received a life sentence. However, he continues to release music from prison.

 13 Rita Marley

Rita Marley.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Cuban-born Jamaican singer Alpharita Constantia Marley, or Rita Marley, was married to the reggae legend Bob Marley. She was initially part pf the group I Threes and contributed to the backing vocals for Bob Marley and the Wailers. She later released an autobiography, detailing her life with her husband.

 14 Lee Boyd Malvo

Lee Boyd Malvo.
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: February 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Lee Boyd Malvo was involved in the Beltway sniper attacks of 2002, which killed 10 people and injured three in the Washington Metropolitan Area. He had befriended his accomplice in the act, John Allen Muhammad, as a juvenile. Malvo is currently serving multiple life sentences at a supermax prison.

 15 Uriah Hall

Uriah Hall
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Karateka, Kickboxer
Birthdate: July 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Spanish Town

 16 Madge Sinclair

Madge Sinclair.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: December 20, 1995

The Kingston-born American actress, who began her career with the New York Shakespearean Festival, acted in a number films and television series and won Primetime Emmy Award for her role in the crime drama Gabriel's Fire. Madge Sinclair was also a voice artist in the famous animated film The Lion King, released a year before she succumbed to leukaemia.

 17 Yohan Blake

Yohan Blake
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: December 26, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. James Parish, Jamaica

 18 Peter Tosh

Peter Tosh.
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Reggae Musician
Birthdate: October 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Westmoreland, Jamaica
Died: September 11, 1987
Abandoned by his parents as a child, Peter Tosh grew up learning music by watching others perform. Part of the Jamaican reggae group Bob Marley and the Wailers, he advocated for legalization of marijuana. He loved unicycling. He was shot dead during a robbery attempt by three gunmen.

 19 Wes Morgan

Wes Morgan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 21, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nottingham

 20 Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Celle, Germany

 21 Buju Banton

Buju Banton.
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Jamaican musician
Birthdate: July 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer

Buju Banton is a Jamaican recording artist widely regarded as one of the most important and celebrated artists in the history of Jamaican music. He is best known for his album Mr. Mention, which became one of the best-selling Jamaican albums of all time. In 2010, Buju Banton won the Grammy Award for his tenth studio album, Before The Dawn.

 22 Pepa

Pepa
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingston

 23 Patrick Chung

Patrick Chung
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: August 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

 24 Stephen Marley

Stephen Marley
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, US

 25 Cindy Breakspeare

Cindy Breakspeare.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Miss World 1976
Birthdate: October 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto

Cindy Breakspeare is a Canadian-Jamaican jazz singer, musician, and beauty queen. She was crowned Miss World 1976, becoming the second Jamaican to clinch the crown. She later became a recording artist and entrepreneur, founding a Rastafarian craft store called Ital Craf. She was once in a relationship with reggae musician Bob Marley that lasted until his death.

 26 Cedella Marley

Cedella Marley
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

 27 Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: December 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York, USA

 28 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Sprinter, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: December 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston

 29 Shawn Rhoden

Shawn Rhoden
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Bodybuilder
Birthdate: April 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

 30 Jimmy Cliff

Jimmy Cliff
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer, Actor, Music artist, Artist, Musician
Birthdate: April 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint James Parish

 31 Andre Russell

Andre Russell.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: April 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Jamaican cricketer Andre Russell, who gained fame as a West Indian all-rounder, holds the record of being the second person to score a century and a hat-trick in the same T-20 match. In 2021, he released a video thanking Indian prime minister Narendra Modi for sending COVID-19 vaccines to Jamaica.

 32 Ky-Mani Marley

Ky-Mani Marley
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Actor, Singer, Film actor
Birthdate: February 26, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Falmouth

 33 Marilyn

Marilyn
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

 34 Stamford Raffles

Stamford Raffles.
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Famous As: Former Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
Birthdate: July 6, 1781
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port Morant, Jamaica
Died: July 5, 1826

Stamford Raffles was a British statesman who served as the Lieutenant-Governor of the Dutch East Indies from 1811 to 1816. From 1818 to 1824, he served as the Lieutenant-Governor of Bencoolen. Raffles is best remembered for founding the Straits Settlements and modern Singapore. He also played a major role in the invasion of Java in 1811 during the Napoleonic Wars.

 35 Jenna Wolfe

Jenna Wolfe
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: February 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

 36 Courtney Walsh

Courtney Walsh
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingston

 37 Asafa Powell

Asafa Powell
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Sprinter, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: November 23, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Spanish Town

 38 Shabba Ranks

Shabba Ranks
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: January 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Ann Parish

 39 Beenie Man

Beenie Man
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kingston

 40 Spice

Spice.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Catherine Parish

Grace Latoya Hamilton, better known by her stage name Spice, is a dancehall singer, songwriter, and recording artist. She is one of the world's most popular female dancehall artists and is dubbed the Queen of Dancehall. Also known for her philanthropic efforts, Spice established the Grace Hamilton Women Empowerment Foundation in 2018, in an attempt to uplift young women.

 41 Donovan Ruddock

Donovan Ruddock
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: December 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica

 42 Darren Moore

Darren Moore
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Birmingham, England

 43 Stuart Hall

Stuart Hall
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: February 3, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: February 10, 2014

 44 Marcia Barrett

Marcia Barrett
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Catherine Parish

 45 Cedella Booker

Cedella Booker
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica
Died: April 8, 2008

 46 OMI

OMI.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clarendon

OMI is a Jamaican singer best known for his song Cheerleader, which achieved commercial success, reaching number one in many countries including Germany, the US, and the UK. The song earned him nominations at the Teen Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, NRJ Music Awards, Radio Disney Music Awards, and Billboard Music Awards.

 47 Noel Jones

Noel Jones
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: January 31, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Spanish Town, Jamaica

 48 Trevor Berbick

Trevor Berbick.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Port Antonio
Died: October 28, 2006

Trevor Berbick was a Jamaican boxer known for participating in historical bouts, such as Muhammad Ali's last fight in 1981, which Ali lost. He also held the WBC heavyweight title in 1986 before losing the title to Mike Tyson the same year. He is also remembered for earning Jamaica a bronze medal at the 1975 Pan American Games in Mexico.

 49 Andrew Holness

Andrew Holness
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Spanish Town

 50 Claude McKay

Claude McKay.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clarendon Parish
Died: May 22, 1948

Claude McKay was a poet who played an influential role in the Harlem Renaissance. Remembered for his work If We Must Die, a poem written in response to mob attacks on African-American communities by white Americans, McKay was named the national poet of Jamaica in 1977. For his contribution to literature, he was posthumously honored with the Order of Jamaica.