Famous Jamaican Musicians

Find out more about the greatest Jamaican Musicians, including Vybz Kartel, Damian Marley, Ziggy Marley, Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff.

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 1 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.

 2 Don Shirley

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

Ziggy Marley.
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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.

 4 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.

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 5 Damian Marley

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

 6 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.

 7 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.
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 8 Buju Banton

Buju Banton.
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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.

 9 Pepa

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

 10 Stephen Marley

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

 11 Cedella Marley

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

 12 Ky-Mani Marley

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

 13 Jimmy Cliff

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

 14 Lee Perry

Lee Perry
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Famous As: Record Producer
Birthdate: March 20, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kendal, Jamaica

 15 Shabba Ranks

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

 16 Marcia Barrett

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

 17 Beenie Man

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

 18 Yellowman

Yellowman
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 15, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston

 19 Liz Mitchell

Liz Mitchell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Clarendon Parish

 20 Gregory Isaacs

Gregory Isaacs
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingston
Died: October 25, 2010

 21 Sly Dunbar

Sly Dunbar
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 10, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

 22 Mavado

Mavado
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Famous As: singer
Birthdate: November 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kingston

 23 Desmond Dekker

Desmond Dekker
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 16, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica
Died: May 25, 2006

 24 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

 25 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

 26 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

 27 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

 28 Super Cat

Super Cat
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Famous As: Singer, Disc jockey
Birthdate: June 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingston

 29 Ini Kamoze

Ini Kamoze
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Mary Parish

 30 Bounty Killer

Bounty Killer
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

 31 Sister Nancy

Sister Nancy
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 2, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston

 32 Sizzla

Sizzla
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Mary Parish

 33 Jah Cure

Jah Cure
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hanover Parish

 34 Barrington Levy

Barrington Levy
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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: April 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kingston

 35 Beres Hammond

Beres Hammond
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Mary Parish

 36 Prince Buster

Prince Buster
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Famous As: Singer, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: May 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kingston
Died: September 8, 2016

 37 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

 38 Aston Barrett

Aston Barrett
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Famous As: Bassist, Guitarist
Birthdate: November 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

 39 Busy Signal

Busy Signal
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Famous As: singer
Birthdate: January 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Ann Parish

 40 Eek-a-Mouse

Eek-a-Mouse
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Birthdate: November 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingston

 41 Garnett Silk

Garnett Silk
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mandeville
Died: December 9, 1994

 42 Elephant Man

Elephant Man
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Birthdate: September 11, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston

 43 Mr. Vegas

Mr. Vegas
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston

 44 Augustus Pablo

Augustus Pablo
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Famous As: Musician, Pianist, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: June 21, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Andrew
Died: May 18, 1999

 45 Gyptian

Gyptian
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Andrew

 46 Precious Wilson

Precious Wilson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 18, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Spanish Town

 47 Rico Rodriguez

Rico Rodriguez
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Famous As: Trombonist
Birthdate: October 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 48 Ken Boothe

Ken Boothe
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: March 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingston

 49 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

 50 Max Romeo

Max Romeo
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Famous As: Composer, Singer
Birthdate: November 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint James Parish