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

Chris GayleChris Gayle

21 September 1979

Marcus Mosiah Garvey JrMarcus Garvey
(Political leader)

17 August 1887

Sean PaulSean Paul
(Jamaican hip-hop artist)

09 January 1973

Buju BantonBuju Banton
(Jamaican musician)

15 July 1973

Sean KingstonSean Kingston

03 February 1990

Lee Boyd MalvoLee Boyd Malvo
(Serial killer)

18 February 1985

Ziggy MarleyZiggy Marley

17 October 1968

Vybz KartelVybz Kartel

07 January 1976

Rita MarleyRita Marley

25 July 1946

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06 August 1982

Peter ToshPeter Tosh
(Reggae Musician)

19 October 1944

Trevor BerbickTrevor Berbick

01 August 1954

Madge SinclairMadge Sinclair

28 April 1938

Cindy BreakspeareCindy Breakspeare
(Miss World 1976)

24 October 1954

Claude McKayClaude McKay

15 September 1889

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Keyshia Ka'oirKeyshia Ka'oir

10 January 1985

Kasi BennettKasi Bennett
(Usain Bolt's Girlfriend)

07 July 1990


03 September 1986

DJ AkademiksDJ Akademiks
(Entertainment Blogger, DJ, TV Host, YouTuber)

17 May 1991

Damian MarleyDamian Marley

21 July 1978

Stamford RafflesStamford Raffles

06 July 1781

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

31 July 1984

Andre RussellAndre Russell
(Jamaican cricketer)

29 April 1988

Wes MorganWes Morgan
(Association football player)

21 January 1984

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

01 April 1948

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

26 February 1976

(Singer, Songwriter)

15 January 1956

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Liz MitchellLiz Mitchell

12 July 1952

Shabba RanksShabba Ranks
(Musician, Singer)

17 January 1966

Marcia BarrettMarcia Barrett

14 October 1948

Courtney WalshCourtney Walsh

30 October 1962

Beenie ManBeenie Man

22 August 1973

Bunny WailerBunny Wailer
(Singer, Percussionist, Songwriter)

10 April 1947

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Yohan BlakeYohan Blake
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)

26 December 1989

Asafa PowellAsafa Powell
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)

23 November 1982

Gregory IsaacsGregory Isaacs

15 July 1951

Michael ManleyMichael Manley

10 December 1924

Andrew HolnessAndrew Holness

22 July 1972

Willy WilliamWilly William

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Tessanne ChinTessanne Chin

23 September 1985

Desmond DekkerDesmond Dekker

16 July 1941

Ricardo FullerRicardo Fuller
(Association football player)

31 October 1979

Ini KamozeIni Kamoze

09 October 1957


17 April 1976

Jah CureJah Cure

11 October 1978

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Prince BusterPrince Buster
(Singer, Record producer, Composer)

24 May 1938

Super CatSuper Cat
(Singer, Disc jockey)

25 June 1963

Barrington LevyBarrington Levy
(Musician, Singer, Songwriter)

30 April 1964

Beres HammondBeres Hammond

28 August 1955

Steve BucknorSteve Bucknor
(Cricket umpire, Association football referee)

31 May 1946

Bounty KillerBounty Killer

12 June 1972

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

27 December 1986

Bilal PhilipsBilal Philips
(teacher, writer)

07 January 1947

Alexander BustamanteAlexander Bustamante

24 February 1884

(Musician, Singer)

04 July 1977

Sister NancySister Nancy

02 January 1962

Darren MattocksDarren Mattocks
(Association football player)

02 September 1990

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Merlene OtteyMerlene Ottey
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)

10 May 1960

Busy SignalBusy Signal

24 January 1982

Portia Simpson-MillerPortia Simpson-Miller

12 December 1945

Toots HibbertToots Hibbert

08 December 1942

Leonard HowellLeonard Howell

16 June 1898

Garnett SilkGarnett Silk

02 April 1966

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Aston BarrettAston Barrett
(Bassist, Guitarist)

22 November 1946

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

21 June 1954

Precious WilsonPrecious Wilson

18 October 1957

Alton EllisAlton Ellis

01 September 1938

Max RomeoMax Romeo
(Composer, Singer)

22 November 1947

Mr. VegasMr. Vegas

29 December 1974

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Ken BootheKen Boothe
(Singer, Songwriter)

22 March 1948

Veronica Campbell-BrownVeronica Campbell-Brown

15 May 1982

Frank WorrellFrank Worrell

01 August 1924