Famous Jamaican Lyricists & Songwriters

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 1 Sean Kingston

Sean Kingston.
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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.

 2 Bob Marley

Bob Marley.
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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.

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 3 Vybz Kartel

Vybz Kartel.
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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.

 4 Peter Tosh

Peter Tosh.
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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.

 5 Cedella Marley

Cedella Marley.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

 6 Millie Small

Millie Small
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clarendon Parish, Jamaica
Died: May 5, 2020

 7 Toots Hibbert

Toots Hibbert
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 8, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: May Pen, Jamaica
Died: September 11, 2020
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 8 Dennis Brown

Dennis Brown
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica
Died: July 1, 1999

 9 Burning Spear

Burning Spear
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Ann's Bay, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica Saint Ann, Jamaica

 10 Joseph Hill

Joseph Hill
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Linstead, St. Catherine, Jamaica
Died: August 19, 2006

 11 Alton Ellis

Alton Ellis
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 1, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica
Died: October 10, 2008

 12 Koffee

Koffee
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: February 16, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Spanish Town, Jamaica

 13 Eddie Kirkland

Eddie Kirkland
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: August 16, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: February 27, 2011

 14 Carlton Barrett

Carlton Barrett
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Famous As: Percussionist, Drummer, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: April 17, 1987